This week has been soulful.
My favorite spin studio (read about my first ride here) just opened a new Santa Monica location, and in order to build a little bit of buzz, they have offered FREE 1PM rides all week. Luckily, I have scored a bunch of free rides and have gone twice so far.
While the WeHo and Brentwood locations are closer to my apartment, I am happy to make the trek to Santa Monica (2nd and Wilshire) for my daily dose of soul.
The new studio is really spacious and gorgeous. It has merchandise in the front, TONS of room for changing (and lockers), and a 59-bike studio.
You also can’t really beat coming out of class and seeing this.
One cool thing this Soul studio has is a “listening bar” where you can sample some of the playlists from the instructors.
Thursday’s class with Cole Williams was a good one – his music selection was more hip-hop focused, but he did end class with Avicii’s “Fade into Darkness” as he turned all of the lights off. I appreciated that little effect. He had a good energy, but wasn’t my favorite.
Today’s class was taught by Laura Crago. She is a MACHINE. And her music was excellent. The first track was a slowed-down version of JT’s “Cry me a River.” I probably freaked the woman next to me out with my blatant singing along. I tried to refrain from actually yelling out “I am obsessed with this.” Laura had other good tracks – a couple from Deadmau5 and some house remixes of some pop hits. I will definitely seek her out in the future. Her ride was also pretty intense – I redefined “sweat monster” after today. STOKED to go back tomorrow.
I wish I could afford to make SoulCycle an every day thing, it really is that great.
My roommate, Jenn, gave me a book called “Practical Paleo” for Christmas. While I have no intention on following the Paleo diet 100%, I plan to try and lean that way.
I made my first Paleo-inspired meal last night – carne asada, sweet potato, and a salad [with homemade dressing of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and dijon mustard - my friend Kathleen taught me this one].
This morning’s breakfast was a crustless-quiche from the book. So far it’s been fun and surprisingly easy. It will be interesting to see what my diet looks like once I am more cramped for time and have to balance school. At least I can make a solid attempt to start 2013 out right…right?
This morning I also tried another new-to-me workout. I had purchased a Living Social deal to check out Pop Physique monthhhhs ago and am just getting around to using it now.
I’ve tried other barre studios (read my review of Pure Barre here). I liked Pop Physique…I’ll do a full review once I’ve finished my Living Social deal.
I’m trying to load up on fun workouts and taking a little break from my normal gym + running routine because I have the time right now.
What is your favorite way to spice up your workouts?