I’ve wanted to try SoulCycle since they first came to Washington, D.C., but until now none of their locations were convenient. That changed a few weeks ago when they opened a studio in Georgetown, just a few blocks from my office. When a colleague arranged a free trial class for a group of us, I jumped on the chance to see what all the hype is about, and now I can share my own SoulCycle review.
- The studio is too hot. SoulCycle is known for keeping its studios warm, and you certainly will sweat more in the heat, but I’d rather start off feeling cold and earn my sweat. I get overheated easily when I workout, and just can’t stand a warm fitness studio.
- The music is too loud. I know good music is essential for a good indoor cycling class, and I don’t mind it loud, but the music was so loud that I couldn’t hear normally for an hour after class. That’s just too loud.
- The choreography is too complicated. I don’t mind the up-down-up of “jump” sequences, but the “push ups” and other moves are more distracting than strengthening. When our instructor got off his bike and did aerobic dance moves on the floor in front of us, I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing on my bike!
- I’m there for cardio, not weights. Like many indoor cycling classes, a SoulCycle class includes a few minutes of arm exercises using light weights. I’ll let the experts debate whether doing a few sets of biceps curls with 2 lb weights has any muscle-building benefits. No matter what they decide, I’d rather spend my time focusing on cycling–I can do weights at home.
- It’s too expensive. SoulCycle offers an introductory class for $20, but the usual price is $30/class. You can get that down to $27 by purchasing a 20 ride package, but the 20 ride package at Revolve works out to $14/class. Even if I liked SoulCycle better, that price difference would be hard to justify.
I didn’t mind the dark, but the candles are a bit much.
Don’t get me wrong. The SoulCycle studio in Georgetown is gorgeous. The people who work there were really nice. Our instructor was incredibly energetic and motivating. The class was challenging, and I enjoyed my ride. I just prefer the low-key atmosphere and physical challenge of the RealRide classes at Revolve–not to mention the air-conditioning. 😉
Have you tried SoulCycle? What did you think?