A few weeks ago, SoulCycle opened its newest location in Calabasas.
Although I’ve taken cycle classes at other studios, this was my first time ever taking a SoulCycle class. While indoor group cycling classes are not a new concept, it was SoulCycle that pioneered the trend back in 2006 which combines 45 minutes of cycling with the use of hand weights in a club-like atmosphere with pulsating music.
I’ve tried different cycle studios in the Valley & each one likes to put their own unique spin on things. So how does SoulCycle stack up?
It truly is a full body cardio workout. The instructor had us doing tap backs & push-ups on the bike handlebars. About halfway through the class, we picked-up the light hand weights to work out our biceps, triceps & shoulders.
My instructor (shout out to Joey D!) had high-energy & an awesome playlist, which kept me motivated throughout the class. The candlelit room also created a nice vibe.
A few things to note if you’re a SoulCycle newbie:
1) Get to the studio at least 15 minutes early to fill out the waiver.
2) Lockers & towels are complimentary.
3) Ask a SoulCycle employee for help adjusting the bike. He or she will also help you get clipped in & show you where the hand weights are located on the bike so that you can grab them easily.
4) Cycling shoes are complimentary for first-time visitors. After that, you’ll need to rent them for $3 per visit. You also have the option of purchasing a pair, which makes it convenient if you plan on attending regularly.
SoulCycle Calabasas is located in the Avanti building, down the street from The Commons at Calabasas. There is complimentary parking in the underground Avanti parking garage.
So tell me, have you ever taken a SoulCycle class? Did you enjoy your experience?
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I attended a complimentary class at SoulCycle Calabasas which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.