2018 is here! We are 8 days in and today I decided to really kick off my New Year (a little late). What does that mean for me? Step number one: NO food delivery. No caviar, no GrubHub, no NOTHING. Everything that enters my mouth will be made by me at home or I will WALK to get takeout. I know, very 2008 but the delivery chaos of 2017 in my life HAS TO STOP.
Next up is my workout routine. Did I work out in 2017?
Did I work out consistently in 2017? Hell no!
In 2017 I started attending SoulCycle classes around the Bay Area (insert an eye roll). I know every white girl in the marina swears by SoulCycle San Francisco and honestly at first I HATED IT. I felt so silly dancing on a bicycle to the beat and was honestly VERY intimidated by the front row ladies with their rock hard abs and coordinating workout sets.
Flash forward to today – after almost six months of classes, I have to say that I found my Soul at Soul Cycle San Francisco. It is my favorite way to start my day and I honestly feel 100% better both physically and mentally after class. SoulCycle has also become very personal for me. While I normally enjoy group fitness classes with my friends, this is the one point in my day where I enjoy being alone and zoning out. I leave all of my stress (and electronic devices) in my locker and spend 45 mins focusing on me…not a bad way to kick off 2018, right?
6 Month Update: We are six months into 2018 and boy have things changed over here. At the beginning of April, I tore my MCL skiing in Lake Tahoe and pretty much all physical activity for me came to a hard stop. Knee injuries are no joke and my failure to follow doctor’s orders led me to two weeks of bedrest and flat shoes for spring. Apparently prancing around San Francisco in heels with a torn MCL is a no-no! Now we are halfway through June and I am finally back on the bike and ready to get my mind and booty back into shape!
Now that I’m back on the bike and ready to scream cry to Madonna SoulCycle has launched SoulActivate. SoulActivate is a 45-minute high-intensity interval and strength training class on the bike. Think heart rate variation, timed interval pushes and an extra weight series with heavier weights. I’ve done it once – and it literally destroyed me…in a good way!
Where exactly did I find my soul?
Favorite SoulCycle Studios and Instructors:
Union St. – Luigi – Take his 60-minute SoulSurvivor class and I guarantee that you will leave with a smile on your face (mixed with sweat) and NO idea how 60-minutes of hardcore spin flew by. Luigi is by far my favorite SoulCycle San Francisco instructor and I’m not the only one! If you are interested in booking his class make sure you book it in advance as his classes tend to sell out.
San Mateo – Devin S – I met Devin at the new Outdoor Voices store in San Francisco. She was a gem at the store and the most passionate and motivating instructor in the studio. She is a true badass and worth the drive from San Francisco to San Mateo. Not into the drive down south? You can catch her a couple of times a week at SoulCycle San Francisco too!
Santa Monica – Lindsey S – Did I cry during her 90-minute Turkey Burn class on Thanksgiving? Hard YES. Why? Because she is a fu*king rock star. I have never had an instructor in any fitness class push me spiritually and physically the way Lindsey does. If you are down in LA a visit to Lindsey at the Santa Monica studio is a MUST. Can’t make it down to LA? Check out her podcast here.
And if you are in San Francisco this weekend the ladies of the top health podcast on iTunes are bringing their show to San Francisco for a special two-day event June 23-24. Sign up for Lindsey’s Saturday 2pm ride on Union here and a conversation with the girls and Millana Snow takes place on Sunday. The event will begin with a grounding meditation and a healing session from Snow. Tickets for the event are $30.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anything but rave reviews about Soul Cycle. It’s probably why I’ve been wanting to try them out for so long, but they still have yet to put one in my city. Maybe someday!
I’ve heard awesome things about Soul Cycle!! I will definitely have to try it out sometime!!
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What a good way to start the year. Being fit is indeed very important. Great job!
I have heard so many good things about Soul Cycle! I need to give it a try for myself!
Love SoulCycle! Always feel great after a hard class.
Lauren | lifestylesbylauren.com
you are so cute! Soul Cycle always kicks my ass!
Ya girl! Let’s ride together!
Soul Cycle has such a cult following so they MUST be doing something right! I’m glad you found something you love!
I really thought it was a cult too..and now I am deep in it lol! They totally got me!
I’ve heard how life changing SoulCycle is. I need to try the one in Dallas this year!
Yes! I highly recommend it!
i have heard great things about soul cycle but haven’t tried it for myself yet. i guess that will be a great way to stay fit this new year! xo, sharon
Yes! Totally worth a try!
I love this post and I LOVE your workout gear! Thanks for sharing love! xo
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Soul cycle sounds so great! I’d love to try it out!
Come to San Francisco and ride with me!
Cycling is my absolute favorite! No better way to work out!
well soul cycle is one of the best thing to start your day with, in my opinion it can really take care almost every physical inch of your body.
Agreed! I like to mix in quite a bit of cross training. Love me some Barry’s Bootcamp too!
Personally I like Flywheel, but either way I can totally understand you enjoyment of spin. Nothing gets me to sweat like a group cycle class. One side benefit of ponying up for each class is you have zero motivation to skip out!
Amen to that! I love me some Flywheel too!