Okay so I finally “found my soul” at Soul Cycle Chestnut hill this past long weekend. It really took me forever to finally get myself to check it out, probably because of the price tag…but thanks to a little new year’s special they were running, I got to go ride for free.
So what did I think?
I truly loved it. The energy in the class is on another level that you really can’t describe. The studio packs in 55 bikes (which are always sold out) bringing serious motivation and good vibes to the 45 minute class. Something really cool that Soul Cycle prides itself on, is community, and they choreograph the class so everyone is working together; no competition. The class is a mix of sprint intervals, hill climbs, weight exercises and of course lots of bike dancing leaving you drenched in sweat. Another unique aspect of Soul Cycle that really differentiates them from other spin classes is how there is a “spiritual” aspect to the class. All the instructors set intentions at the beginning of class, preach them mid class, and end class with a deep yoga breath and mantra.
To sum it up, I drank the soul cycle “kool aid” for sure but still can’t justify the experience for the price, given there are so many other great similar spin options…I highly recommend everyone giving it a try, you can take your first class at a “discount” and then after that decide if you can dish out that kind of dough…
Pure Barre Platform finally arrived at Pure Barre Wellesley this past week, so I quickly signed up for the first official class. I have been very anxious and excited for Platform since it has a large cardio component, something that is missing from a regular Pure Barre workout.
Let me just say…Platform is on a VERY different level than a normal Pure Barre class; and is actually totally different and pretty much incomparable…
The class is high intensity and cardio based but still incorporates the same toning techniques as Pure Barre does. It has what are called “cardio bursts’ that occur throughout class during the warm up, thigh sprints, seat work and even ab work! These bursts are big and fast movements thatt make your heart rate quickly sky rocket. My favorite cardio burst are the jumps that occur during seat work – you have the opportunity to fly for a few seconds by jumping off the platform while holding onto the bar (I am sure some of you have seen the videos).
The technique of the class is focused on much bigger movements than the small contractions used during a Pure Barre class – this is hard to adjust to at first, but it is what allows you to keep your heart rate up throughout the class; burning calories and fat more rapidly! The class flew by with its upbeat tempo and “double time” sprints that caused my thighs to burn like never before. Class ended and I was dripping in sweat and feeling a new kind of Pure Barre high.
I cannot say enough great things about this class and can’t wait for everyone to try it. You do not have to be super coordinated to succeed in this class; all the movements are simple and easy to pick up on quickly! So check out the schedule at your local Pure Barre as these classes pop up in 2016!