SOUL CYCLE: aka Therapy In The Dark w/Music
For this Fitting Forty activity, my tookus woke up super early on a Saturday morning to revisit Soul Cycle.
I say revisit because I have visited a few times before but wasn’t a regular. I also inadvertently used a different email address from previous logins when signing up to purchase my rides this time around. So, I ended up with the beginner’s deal - $20/ride instead of the regular $30. I went back to newbie status.
For first-timers, and really, for everyone, SC is welcoming and expert at making sure anyone who needs help get set up on their bike is ready to go. Then the magic really begins in the room.
I was accompanied by a great sister-friend who drove double digit miles (in Southern California that’s love, folks) to celebrate her just-passed birthday in Chevy’s 7:30am class. So what’s a class like? It’s like an intense spin class set to a thumping playlist usually led by a Tony Toni Toned inspirational guru who basically tells you the whole time to Just. Keep. Going.
And you just keep going because it becomes your mantra for a moment. And Chevy is convincing af.
And since it’s dark with just a touch of candlelight and the music is beautifully loud, you also close your eyes. At least I did. Just so I could experience and feel it all, and pretend to be ‘Side to Side’ with Ariana Grande; and of course - to hear super instructor Chevy tell me/us to just keep going. Again.
Is the price worth it? It depends. If you’re an outdoor/nature lover or hate group exercise settings, this may not be your jam. But if you’re down to check out the let’s-get-it-done instructor, candlelit dark room, thump and bass loud music, and don’t mind the very reasonable beginner’s special rate of $20, then do it!
And if you do want to try a class, February is the perfect month to do so. To commemorate Black History Month, Soul Cycle is partnering with the NAACP Educational and Legal Fund by hosting fundraising rides. For more information, check out SC’s website.
(And please note that I didn’t get paid to write this post. Maybe one day someone like Oprah or Ellen will pay me to try these things out and write about them (let’s send that good idea out in the universe), but for now I’m not. Thank you for reading!)