Today's blogger: Janet Lee, Shape's deputy editor
Indoor cycling–only studios are cropping up all over New York City these days and this makes me very happy. I’m a huge fan of this calorie-blasting workout (and am a certified Johnny G Spinning instructor), so when I saw SoulCycle open up just a couple of blocks from my apartment, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Sure, I usually ride at my gym, but what makes SoulCycle different is the classes are a hybrid of traditional group cycling and strength work. Some sessions include weight moves, others include core work or yoga, and the newest one on the lineup includes resistance bands.
I’ll say it now, I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to group cycling. I like to ride hard and do my weight work separately, usually because it takes so long to switch back and forth and that just messes up my riding mojo. But the SoulCycle Bands class I took makes it easy to move seamlessly from cardio to strength. Two different resistances of bands (four total) are attached to the ceiling above each bike’s handlebars. You stop riding, grab the bands to do upper body moves for five minutes or so, then let go and get back to riding. It wasn’t the same intensity as doing a weights-only (or biking-only) routine, but if you’re crunched for time, it’s a good way to knock off both cardio and resistance training—I was sweating buckets. And the line out the door indicates that people love the results they’re getting. It’s the talk of Tribeca!