by Ann Votaw
My legs and arms are still sore from Saturday’s SoulCycle ride.
As a coordinated event with JackRabbit Sports, the ride was free, when it would normally cost $20 for a first class and $34 for a single session.
The 77th Street class was great.
- Our fabulous teacher, Katie, played fantastic music, including Aerosmith’s “Pink.” As a group fitness instructor myself, I was amazed at how she kept everyone on beat, not an easy thing in the dark and on a bike. When students fell behind the allotted beats per minute, she asked them to dial down their resistance to make their legs go faster.
- Katie didn’t mess around. Within minutes, we were sweating and working quads and abs in an insane up/down combination that also utilized shoulders, chest, and triceps. The weights and stretch portions were well planned, an amazing use of time and a great sample of the SoulCycle brand.
- Equipment can be confusing, but staff was helpful. I loved how an employee showed us how to adjust the bikes before we started. During the warm-up, Katie explained how to find small weights stored near the back wheel.
As much as I loved Katie’s class – and the SoulCycle format – I’m not a spin fanatic.
Here’s why: I hate exercising in rooms that are louder and more crowded than flights to my hometown in Indiana. The dark environments remind me of a roller dome, foot and adolescent smell included. Finally, I can’t stand the lobbies of most spin studios, including SoulCycle, which is beautiful but anxiety inducing. Too much happens near that front desk area: sign-in, locker rental, changing, shoe tying, and sorting of towels and used water bottles. (I had a similar feeling at their Crosby Street location.)
But that being said, I’m so doing this again if it appears on the JackRabbit calendar. Courtney, from the 72nd Street JackRabbit store, ended our class with a slow two-mile run in Central Park. What a great way to combine workouts and Upper West Side businesses.