Today, I made a trip with the girls across the GG bridge to Larkspur to check out Soul Cycle! I first heard of Soul Cycle when it was featured on the show Cake Boss a few months ago. I googled it and found that the closest one is up in Marin County, about an hour drive from here. I didn't think much of it until Robin mentioned at Master Swim on Thursday that she went last week and loved it and was heading up back. So we made a girls trip out of it with Kim and Marcella! Here's my review:PROS: Cool, energetic music. Very clean studio, staff cleans up bikes and sets them up before and after every class. Very slick lighting and atmosphere. The instructor bike podium had fake candle lights on the floor. The studio lights switches were located behind the instructor. This enabled him to cue the brighter lights on and off timed with the music. This was an effective technique which can't be done in most of the cycle studios that I have been at because the light switches are usually far away at the door. Time went really fast, never a dull moment.
CONS: Definitely not for the pure cyclist. You will do push-ups, triceps dips and shoulder presses, bicep curls, triceps extension with hand weights. It sort of reminds me of my early spinning days in the late 90's and early 2000's, where we basically did aerobic activities on the bike. With the Johnny G and Spinning movement, indoor cycling became more classic, with the philosophy that you shouldn't do anything on an indoor bike which you wouldn't do on an real, road bike. This style is basically a throw back. Also, no one was wearing cycle gear except for us. Everyone else was in traditional workout attire, like Lulumon. We were definitely in Marin. :-)
Marcella, Me, Kim, Robin