SoulCycle: The Experience
By Mila Lacey
I wrote an article to discuss an activity that I love, spinning. SoulCycle is a place that I feel a sense of community. Working out is a way for me to relieve the stress of a tiring week, and SoulCycle helps me do that. -Featured pictures are from https://www.soul-cycle.com/
When you first open the doors and enter the room, it is an experience. From the pictures on the wall to the people greeting you at the front desk, you can sense the community. You sign in on a piece of paper to check-in to your bike, rent shoes, buy water and any clothes they have for sale. They can also answer any questions that you have regarding SoulCycle. Before you enter the class, you can put any of your belongings in the lockers. The lockers have charging capabilities so that during the class you can charge your phone. Once you enter the room, you find your bike, adjust it to your settings (and if you aren’t sure they can help you), change out your arm weights, position your water and towel in an accessible place on your bike. Finally, you warm up and get ready for class!
Once the instructor has started the class, that's when the fun really starts! Then depending on the level, instructor, and theme, the course of the class could be different. At the beginning of the class, the pace is slower to warm up, and the resistance is low. Then towards the middle of the course, the sprinting begins, with choreography that usually entails an around the world which are crunches and push-ups while changing the position of your hands on the handlebars, and other movements. After the choreography intensive portion, it is the hill, where the resistance on your wheel is heightened, and pedaling is harder. Once the incline is over, you go down the hill when the resistance is a little lighter. The arms, one of my personal favorites, is when the whole class does arms and if you forget to change your weights, the instructor always offers to help you change them. The instructor works a variety of muscles, and the arms portion can be short or long depending on the class. There is then a few more songs until the end. After the arms, there is a song to warm up again. Then the pensive ride, where the lights are out and you are in control of your ride and have time to think about what you want out of the ride. During the pensive ride, the instructor often gives you ideas and words of encouragement to think about during your time. After the pensive ride, there is typically one ride left, which is where you ride home. This is the last, all out time to get in your final workout for the class, so it's important to keep up with the class and stay encouraged.
After the final ride, there is a four-minute stretch section, where people can leave or participate in the stretch after the long ride. Once you exit the room, you put your shoes and towels in the marked bins. The bathroom in the facility has face wash, showers, and toilets. This is also the best time to check out their athletic SoulCycle clothes.
All in all, the instructors are fantastic as they are encouraging, understanding, and are motivational. They are also accommodating when you are first starting out and give the best advice regarding form and when you have to say enough is enough to yourself and stop pushing yourself. When you’re spinning, you are in the pack. The pack is the group of spinners, and usually, the people in the front row are the people who can keep the beat of the instructor and the people in the back row are not required to keep the beat. When you see everyone holding to the beat when you are spinning it is incredible, and you see everyone synchronized in their movements.
Going to SoulCycle is a fantastic experience, and you feel like such a community. It is definitely worth a try!