I took an adventure for the blog (and to satisfy my own Soulcycle addiction, if we’re being completely honest).
Instead of doing my usual E60 cross training workout this weekend, I hit the road (or more accurately, the water) and headed to the islands. I was SO pumped to hear that the Destination Soul pop-up this year was going to be so close to home. I scheduled the day trip on Sunday, took a class and compiled a quick reference list – an ‘all you need to know’ if you’re planning to go yourself, or just want to read about what was up if you can’t make it to this years’ #destinationsoul.
The Setup – The decorations were SO cute. They did such an amazing job with the logo, the branding and incorporating the beach-y feelings of MV that Massachusetts people LIVE for. They had a great selection of swag (which of course I got my hands on some items, thank you so much, but I’ll talk more about that in a bit). The upstairs provided plenty of room for shopping and transitioning into class, with two restrooms and the standard front desk for questions. Full-size mirrors were placed throughout (to make sure you could see how great you looked in the wide array of apparel). The class is downstairs to the left – beneath the store. They had HUGE fans next to the bikes in the workout room (AMAZING – I wish EVERY studio had fans this size).
The Price – Some people were a little bummed that these classes were a more costly than your ‘home’ studio ($40 in MV, $30 for me here in Boston). BUT, that cost did include your SmartWater water and shoes (typically a $5 additional cost). So, to me, the cost was justified. I’ve made this argument before, but SoulCycle is one of my favorite workouts I’ve EVER done, so I am fine with the cost. Yes, it’s on the higher end of pricing for your boutique gym class, but I promise you it’s worth it. Merch, surprisingly, was comparable to the same price tags as home (ranging from $50-$110 depending on your product of choice). I really like that the same SoulCycle brand we all know and love was evenly transferred over to the island, and not heavily inflated for the special location.
Showers and Lockers – There were NOT showers or lockers like your usual SC studio provides. I had a hard time finding this information online before I went, so I hope this helps you prepare. I had a feeling showers would be absent, so I brought dry shampoo, travel face wash and ‘shower wipes’ (I linked my favorites here that I always keep in my gym bag) to clean up and enjoy the rest of my day without being gross. That worked fine for me, but to each their own – just know there isn’t the option to shower after class. There weren’t lockers, but behind the main ‘photo op wall’ above, there were cubbies (think pre-school storage). They proved to be fine, as they’re in view of the front desk and they keep a good eye on your stuff!
The Merch – Sorry these pictures SUCK. I ended up snagging these two items – Lulu brand on the sports bra. How CUTE is the logo!
The Location – If you’re coming in from the ferry, give yourself about a half hour to account for traffic on Main in Edgarstown. We opted for Uber, but taxis and buses also will bring you right to the studio. It IS inside, I thought it was outside – but, I’m not the brightest crayon sometimes. If you chose a cruddy weather day, no worries, you’re covered. The Uber from door to door was around $18.
Overall Thoughts – I think SoulCycle really hit the nail on the head. They replicated the experience we all know and love and brought it to a fun destination for a day trip (which makes me jealous I didn’t get to experience the Aspen pop-up last year). They brought familiar faces from our home studios to not only teach the classes, but work the front desk. If you have a free weekend this August or are lucky enough to live there, make SURE to check it out. It’s definitely worth it!
FTA: Some links are affiliate links. This blog post is NOT affiliated with SoulCycle or any of it’s studios. SoulCycle did not ask for this review, nor had any impact on it’s creation. All merch and classes were purchased by me, and all opinions are my own.