It all started with some late night Instagramming. Brit + Co was advertising a FREE DIY T-shirt workshop that they were co-hosting with SoulCycle. I love Brit + Co events and I was super curious about this SoulCycle business. I have heard about it on TV and seen it in magazines. Here is what it says on their website:
Our mission is to bring Soul to the people. Our one of a kind, rockstar instructors guide riders through an inspirational, meditative fitness experience that’s designed to benefit the body, mind and soul. Set in a dark candlelit room to high-energy music, our riders move in unison as a pack to the beat and follow the signature choreography of our instructors. The experience is tribal. It’s primal. It’s fun.
Well with that description who wouldn’t be interested? So a few clicks later I was signed up.
Cut to Sunday afternoon. I got to the workshop at Brit + Co a little late as it was raining and I was taking the bus. I am thankful for the rain as we are in a drought, however, riding the bus in the rain is no bueno. When I finally got there the room was filled with fellow crafters. Cue excitement! They had 3 shirts to pick from and I thought that this was the most appropriate:
I thought there would be more materials, but alas there were some scissors and a work surface. I got to work by cutting the sleeves off at an angle. I then folded the back of the shirt down the middle. I cut 1 1/2″ slits into the fabric. Then I looped the fabric between the slits under and upward.
After the DIY session, I headed to the SoulCycle studio. The studio was overwhelming. There was music pumping and people everywhere. Cue the nervousness and feelings of being overwhelmed. The staff were super nice and got me situated with bike shoes and a locker. I got the shoes on and attempted to walk. I must have looked so silly as bike shoes ( the ones with the clips in the bottom) are super awkward to walk in. Another staff member helped me get situated on my bike. The bike was adjusted, I was on it, only one problem. I couldn’t get one of my shoes clipped in. Ugh! Two staff members later I was in and ready to roll. The class started with some fun hip hop music and the teacher was wearing some great leopard leggings. This is going to be awesome right!?! Wrong! By song two I thought I was going to fall out. I was sweating profusely and my legs were on fire. In spinning, you don’t really sit on the bike seat. Therefore, you must use your legs to hold yourself up the whole time. I just wanted to quit.
But I am competitive. I looked at everyone else bobbing along to the music in unison powering through the class like an obedient army. I had to keep going. Not for them, but to preserve my dignity. I put my butt down on that seat and just rode it through. Yeah I didn’t do all the moves, but I kept pushing myself. Thank goodness it was dark in there because I was not a pretty sight. I was dripping sweat, breathing hard, and praying the extreme unpleasantness would end. Eventually it did and I couldn’t have been happier. We stretched and everyone started to leave with their shoes. Not me. I couldn’t get the damn shoes off the pedals, so I ended up just leaving them on the bike. They looked so sad, like abandoned toys one week after Christmas.
So would I try it again? Maybe. It felt like a great workout and it probably gets more fun as you get better at it. However, the price tag is a little much at $30 per class. I didn’t feel like the class offered a spiritual and/or meditative experience, but then again I was concentrating on not keeling over. So maybe I missed that part?
Has anyone else tried one of these fad exercise classes?