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In which i tried soul cycle

soul cycle

It’s amazing I’m still alive to write this post but I am and I’ll explain why.  You guys know that I work out virtually every day.  No, I’m not one of those amazing women in amazing shape.  I’m one of those people who works out a lot and still looks like crap but I would think I’d look even worse of I didn’t work out at all.


So at home I basically do spinning, Pilates and some recumbent bike on my own however, I’ve been curious about Soul Cycle since it came on the scene years ago. MIT started in New York and spread to LA and apparently it’s spinning but really fast with arms added in.


Now my arms look like Jabba the Huts body so adding arms in is a good thing.  I arrived in LA on Monday and keely asked me if I wanted to do a 5:30 or 6:30 PM class at Soul Cycle.  I had gotten up at 5:30 AM Eastern time which was 2:30 AM Pacific time and I normally work out in the morning so doing a hard class at what was 8:30 PM to me seemed like a terrible idea so of course I said yes.


We go there and check in and 5 minutes before class starts they let you on, spin shoes required. (I brought mine). I’m a bit nervous but I think “I can do this” and bam, the class starts.


First if all, I think I could live my life inside of a jet turbine and it’d be quieter and second of all, I’m sucking air so badly that within two minutes I’m pretty sure I’m gonna die.  This class is what I’d call a “race class” back home in that you go a million RPM the whole time.  Meanwhile you’re doing pushups on the handlebars, jumping up and down and back and forth and then, THEN they bring out the hand weights.


It was fucking impossible and they hadn’t turned on the fans yet.  Later I explained it all to keely and her friends. “I figured I’d die and fall off the bike and then I remembered I was clipped in so I could never fall off the bike.  Even if I wanted to fall off the bike you’re so close to the bike next to you that you probably couldn’t fall anyways.  It wouldn’t be until the turnover that they discovered that you died forty minutes ago!”


It was simply the hardest workout I’d ever had.  I burnt 500 calories in 45 minutes.


So of course, I went back the next day and then also today.  I figured that if I worked this hard then maybe all the crap I’m about to eat in LagunaBeach at Mom2Summit won’t matter right?


I have to say, the entire operation is amazing.  They have over 50 bikes in this small space and classes every hour so each changeover you have 100 people, half of whom are dripping, trying to get in and out of this small gym.  I know a few business that could take some lessons from this.


Thank goodness next door is Earthbar where I got a protein shake labeled “please drink this Lynn so you don’t die on out property” so I did.  Today was a yummy “slim shake” which obviously didn’t work cuz I look the exact same.


So there you are! Soul Cycle, try it if you hate yourself.  I’m glad I did.

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  1. I am sorry to say that I spent this entire post wondering what spin shoes were. Here in the UK I think they are grateful that people turn up in trainers.

    I will always remember the first time I took a spin class – when the trainer said “Right, lets get out of that seat and work it” my brain went “Yeah” and my legs went “No on your life”. I gave them a good talking too and they were beaten into submission the day after.

    Then there is the time I took Beautiful B with me to show her just how good spinning was. Being a bad mum I only realised something was wrong when the trainer got off her bike and asked Beautiful B “Are you okay?” Turning to her I saw she was crying as her response was “Yes, honestly I am fine; it’s just harder than I expected.” Bad mum, bad mum. Or so I thought. Exiting the room 30 minutes later Beautiful B said “That was absolutely FANTASTIC!” – Go figure, she is as weird as I am.
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    • Lynn
      May 7, 2013

      never dawned on me to explain Spin Shoes … hahaha … sometimes working your ass off makes you kind of proud of yourself

  2. Julie
    May 7, 2013

    Can I just re-read this post every day and count it as my exercise? Because there is no way in Hell I would live through 6 minutes of that class. I’ll just continue my pinot grigio curls.

    • Lynn
      May 7, 2013

      Fine by me

    • Catherine
      May 7, 2013

      I like how you think, Julie.

  3. s lee
    May 7, 2013

    I am impressed. The only thing spinning here is my head usually. :)
    Thanks for making me smile.

    • Lynn
      May 7, 2013

      my pleasure

  4. Shelley
    May 7, 2013

    “I can do this” always means doom.

    • Lynn
      May 7, 2013


  5. leanne tankel
    May 9, 2013

    My first and only spinning class was mortifying! I was on a bike next to a man about 40 years older than I was, and I could barely catch my breath while he was jut cruising through the routine…love the comment re the protein shake you purchased after your workout:)

    • Lynn
      May 9, 2013

      thanks…and thanks for reading

  6. leanne tankel
    May 9, 2013

    Forgot to leave my site:)
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