Let me preface this by saying, before this past Sunday, I had never even tried SoulCycle. Sure, I’d heard about it. I mean how could you miss it? After reading about it in Allure, Cosmopolitan and every women’s magazine on the planet over the past decade or so, it was pretty neat to see one of the few geographical locations that SoulCycle chose to call home was Boston. Stuff like this always makes us locals do a little dance when it reminds us we’re pretty cool.
On my marathon training schedule, I always have something for Sundays and the occasional Friday that I affectionately call ‘E60’. E60 can also be called low-impact training or cross-training – basically something that isn’t as rough on your knees as your Saturday long runs dodging icicles or 20 consecutive, sprinted hill drills as you prepare for your next 13.1. In the past, I’ve very lazily relied on the elliptical downstairs in my apartment building or just dragging myself in front of the TV for some big-screen yoga (which to me, is just an excuse to lay my forehead on the mat and use the excuse of resting in ‘child’s pose’).
I had read up and been given RAVE reviews up until this point. I was even lucky enough to get a corporate DISCOUNT (kicking myself now) for a local branch a few months ago and never took advantage. I bit the bullet on something I thought was ‘out of my budget’ and bought my first class.
Word to the wise – SoulCycle does release bikes within five minutes of class (shame on me for not looking into this further – the queen of running late). I was on top of the world rolling up for my 11:45 reservation at 11:41 and THANKFULLY, on their Opening Day, they graciously still allowed me to participate (thanks again for the sweet girl at the front desk who knew I was a newb).
At this stage in my review, I have to give insane props to instructor Charlotte. Charlotte’s class was led like that voice inside you yelling ‘HOW BAD DO YOU WANT THIS’ while sweat is pouring in your eyes and your body is crying – but, in a good way. It wasn’t like one of those petrifying motivational Crossfit like scenes where you’re waiting to see how soon you can get to the door before you get caught, contemplating just leaving behind everything you own in your locker and chalking up your designer handbag as a loss. Charlotte had a way of inspiring you not only with her energy and her clear SoulCycle veteran attitude, but with some clear cut, no bullshit one-liners. She digs deep – asking ‘what do YOU tell yourself to keep going’, realizing something so hard and something you really need to push to succeed at comes from YOU, not her (which I think a lot of fitness instructors miss the point of). Also, that girl’s playlist was ON. POINT. There’s absolutely nothing in the world better than having a great playlist to accompany an even greater workout.
Putting aside the Seaport location specifically, I was so intrigued by the whole concept of SoulCycle. For once, being so close to other people isn’t something people really look for when heading to the gym, but ‘science says’ the energy off of other people pushes you harder – and I’m a believer! Also, the room is completely dark. That’s right – fumble in the dark for your water bottle, your bike better be at the right setting PITCH. BLACK. Also, maybe it’s the marathoner in me, but by the end of class I was fist pumped and ‘wooo-ing’ with the rest of them.
Do yourself a favor and go check out SoulCycle Seaport (especially Charlotte’s class) – your first class is only $20. FYI for new visitors, they also validate parking (Boston City WIN) at the open air garage across the street (NOT the 101 Seaport garage – rookie mistake), making driving over only $5 (cheaper than an uber and on par with the train).
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