SoulCycle and Yoga – two things I thought I’d never really get into, I have now gotten into.
I started SoulCycle a couple weeks ago and although it’s pretty damn intense (at least for me, anyway), I’m now obsessed with it. Like, obsessed.
The first time I went, I had no idea what I was doing. I’m not a cyclist (I almost just wrote, “bicycler”) and I don’t really like to get sweaty. But there’s something about SoulCycle that just keeps me coming back for more.
It gets me out of the house.
It’s easy for me to just chill and work on my laptop all day (I’m currently “working” from home), but when you book a SoulCycle bike, it’s difficult to cancel. You have to cancel by 5 PM the prior day or else they remove the missed bike ride from your credits, which sucks considering it’s about $30 for each ride. So once I book a bike, I’m committed to it and no amount of internal whining makes me cancel.
It makes me sweaty.
I know I just said that I don’t like to sweat and I typically don’t, but there’s something about being in a dark room and working your butt off that makes you glad you’re sweating. (And again, for $30 a class, you really should be sweating).
The atmosphere is inspiring.
I feel so lame writing the above sentence, but I’m leaving it because it’s true. The room is dark, candles are lit, and everyone is riding along to the loud music. Sometimes the instructors get a little cheesy with their positivity – “Go out and make the world a better place today!” “Love is love is love, y’all!” But I secretly (and now publicly) love it.
It’s a hell of a workout
You’re not just riding a bike to the music. I mean, yes, that’s obviously a huge part of it, but you’re also working out on the bike – you’re doing pushups, crunches, and arm exercises too. When you leave class, you honestly feel like you’re worked your entire body.
As for yoga, I’ve gotten really into that too, but not headstand/backbend/stand-on-one-finger yoga. I go to Millennium park in the mornings and do basic meditation type yoga. So really, I’m just relaxing, but it still counts…right?