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first-timer SoulCycle tips

Posted Jul 11 2013 12:00am

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As part of the media tour we’re doing in New York City this week, we invited a bunch of health magazine editors to join us for private SoulCycle class on Tuesday night. Talk about combining business with pleasure… and a little bit of pain. Best idea ever! I was a bit skeptical going in, having heard things about the cult-like following, strict spinning etiquette and strategic bike assignments, but now I get it. It’s not just a workout, it’s a complete mind-body experience.
Overall, I loved the entire 45 minutes I was on the bike and for that, I will absolutely go back. The atmosphere inside the studio was amazing but outside of the studio – well, let’s just say it wasn’t warm and hospitable like I’m used to at the yoga studio. Maybe I spent too long living in the South?

A few thoughts on my first class:

  • Are my loaner shoes still attached to the bike? I had to slip out of them at the end of class because I couldn’t figure out how to unclip myself!
  • Why didn’t we pose for photos before class?
  • That was by far the fastest 45 minute workout class ever. I didn’t think how much longer once!
  • I definitely thought I might launch myself off of the bike more than a few times. Thankfully that didn’t happen, but the music is just that good I wouldn’t be surprised if it does.
  • I thought I was in shape… until I tried to keep pace with that girl in the front row. Instantly humbled.
  • I felt more like I was riding a galloping horse than a stationary bike. Unfortunately now my butt also feels like I was on a galloping horse… but it was worth it.
  • SoulCycle might actually begin cutting into my monthly clothing budget.

New workouts can be intimidating especially at SoulCycle where the studios are packed, the music is loud, and the staff run a tight ship. I put together a few tips for first-timers, having just been one myself!

While they won’t help you feel any less awkward on the bike (I’m guessing that only gets better with practice) I hope these tips make your first class a bit less intimidating and most importantly, more fun.

Experienced SoulCyclers: Have any similar experiences your first time? Any other tips to share?

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