I am already a fan of SoulCycle spinning classes. For a review of my first SoulCycle experience, click here. In addition to their regular spinning classes, they also offer SoulBands, which incorporates spinning, and 2 sets of resistance bands (overhead) to strengthen your upper body and engage your core.
Now, while I can hold my own during a regular SoulCycle spinning class, SoulBands proved to be quite challenging. In all honesty it kicked my butt! I am a woman who knows her strengths and weaknesses, and my upper body strength is not the greatest. It is one of my target areas that needs an overhaul. This would explain why I found SoulBands to be a bit overwhelming.
The class instructor, Christine, was very inspiring. She offered a lot of tough love and motivational words of encouragement. The class begins with some cardio to warm you up. When it was time to incorporate the bands, I had difficulties pulling the bands, sitting upright and continuously spinning with increased resistance. I had to modify the exercises so I could keep up. But I didn’t give up, and even though I was frustrated, my pride and determination forced me to stick with it. While I may have felt a bit defeated, the music, (Christine’s playlist was awesome) and her words kept me going.
At one point, when I thought I would collapse from exhaustion or frustration, Christine said something like “When you feel like giving up, that’s when you work harder. The hill doesn’t know about your journey, and it doesn’t care! You must keep going!” And as corny as this sounds, I swear after I heard her say that, I mustered up my last ounce of strength and powered through. By the time the class was over, I was drenched in sweat and some tears. But my rosy glow of pride (evident in my cheeks) for sticking through this challenging class was evident even when I left. The morning after, my obliques, were killing me, a true sign of my hard work. It was definitely worth the pain.
If you’re reading this and feel as though I terrified the hell outta you, I will tell you to face your fears and give it a try. If you’re looking for a challenge and need a good push, then this workout is for you. While I admit that I lack in upper body strength, I still managed the class, and I will keep at it. Sometimes we need a push in the right direction.
Have you ever tried a SoulCycle class? Tell me about your experience!
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