SoulCylce Wedding Weekend

Hey friends. I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was busy and fun — starting on Thursday with Isaac’s sisters’ college graduation in NOVA and ending on Sunday with a long drive home from a wedding in Long Island.

Traveling and events always make it a little more difficult to stay on track with healthy eating and workout routines, but I tried my best. I have a few tips and tricks I use when traveling. Here’s my normal routine:

  • Pack my workout gear: one or two workout outfits, shoes, socks, head phones and my heart rate monitor
  • Pack healthy snacks. Y’all are probably going to think I’m crazy but as soon as I know I’m going on a trip, the first thing I usually start packing are my snacks. It’s kind of comical, but I’ve found that being prepared is way better than being hangry. And unless you’re going to a big city with lots of healthy options, it can often be a challenge to find nutritious options.
  • Research. I always check out the place I’ll be staying to see if there’s a gym and then look at a map to see what’s nearby — cool workout studios, healthy restaurants, etc. I always look to see if there’s a Whole Foods nearby as well. 🙂

This weekend we were driving so I packed lots of snacks including hardboiled eggs, mini protein muffins, a grapefruit, apples, a baked sweet potato, a couple KIND Bars, protein powder, almond butter, almonds and sunflower seeds.

Before our trip I emailed Erica and Adam (our lovely hosts that live in Brooklyn) to see if Erica would want to go to a SoulCycle, Bar Method or Physique 57 class with me. NYC has the best workout classes and I wanted to try at least one of them! Erica loves SoulCycle and was totally game so we made plans to attend a class at 7:30AM on Saturday morning.

We went to the NoHo location on Lafayette and the class was, in one word, amazing!

soulcycle

I’m not sure if the bikes are nicer than the spin bikes at my gym or if wearing actual spin shoes made all the difference, but the ride seemed to be smoother and overall more comfortable and enjoyable than a regular spin class experience at my gym. The environment was awesome — around 50 bikes in a dimly lit room, the instructor’s bike on a little stage in the center with a few candles around it. Throughout the class upbeat music pumped through the speakers while the instructor energeticly led us in what we should be doing by calling out different positions and demonstrating. The rhythm of the music was timed perfectly with what were doing on the bike. And we weren’t just riding…oh no, we were working our whole body by turning up the bike’s resistance, jumping in and out of the saddle and doing pushups and crunches while pedaling.

At one point we even pulled out small weights for a track full of arm exercises. This part reminded me a lot of the arm exercises I’m used to doing in a barre class. Let me be the first to tell you that the 2 lb weights are quite deceiving. By the time the track was over, my biceps and triceps were on fire! Definitely feeling the bun.

Another aspect I loved is that I could feel my core working the entire time. Because we were doing so many other things on the bike, I really had to focus on keeping my core engaged to make sure I stayed balanced. The class was 45 minutes and I burned around 460 calories, only a tiny bit less than what I would burn in a normal spin class, which is an additional 15 minutes long.

heart rate monitor

SoulCycle is definitely an effective cardio workout and it’s SUPER fun. I could easily see myself wanting to go a few times a week if I lived in New York. Alas, I guess I just have to wait for BoHo Cycle Studio to open in Richmond later this year.

After class I convinced Erica we needed to swing by NoHo Juice Bar. I got their signature green juice sans the celery…

green juice

Obviously I hated it. 😉

I also convinced Erica we should go to Whole Foods… because I needed more snacks. Obviously.

No but really, I do like to explore Whole Foods in different areas. They always have unique setups and fun local flair. The New York locations are always awesome and tend to have things we don’t have yet in Richmond (like the black label Classic GT Synergy Kombucha). I also found some tasty chili mango trail mix that I’ve never seen at our Whole Foods before. It’s already gone and I’m wishing I would have bought more.

After that little adventure, we headed back to Brooklyn, woke up the boys and had breakfast at Maybelle’s Cafe before heading to Long Island for our friends’ wedding.

egg whites omelette

My egg white omelette with spinach and mushrooms.

By the time the ceremony was about to begin the weather was a little rainy and cold so it had to be moved indoors Of course, everything was still beautiful and perfect. We had a great time celebrating our friends, Meghann and Rob. We drank a little, ate a little and danced a lot — as it should be.

rob and meghann

The lovely couple!

wine

Some fun details…

cilantro

This was the last wedding we’ll be attending before our wedding, which is now less than four weeks away! So much to do and so much excitement!!

wedding pic

Question for you: Have you ever taken a SoulCycle class or something similar? What did you think? 

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  1. Took a spin class this morning and I kept thinking was MAYBE I’ll like SoulCycle better? Spin is such a great workout but I find myself thinking “when will this be over” more than a few times during my 45 minute classes. Maybe it’s because I’m new or maybe I just need better music (aka SoulCycle) to take my mind off of the burn!

    • Okay, I feel the same way in spin classes. Half way through I’m always wishing I could leave. Of course I never do, but I really don’t enjoy the classes. SoulCycle is different though. The music is awesome and I love the strength training moves that included. It makes the class more interesting!

      Definitely try SoulCycle or something similar if you get a chance.

  2. LOVE soul cycle. I try to do it every time I’m up in NYC. I was about to sign up last time I was there a couple of weeks ago, but realized they raised the price to $32 or something rediculous like that.

    BoHo Cycle in Richmond?? Is this going to be like a soul cycle? I would love it if a studio like that opened up here!

  3. You are SO GOOD! Wow. Now if only all my clients that I train where that planned! 🙂 Such great tips.

    Soul cycle I have done. I totally liked it but I prefer to stick to upper body movements seperately to avoid any injuires. (I am a form perfectionist though so don’t listen to me.) 🙂 You are so right though, 2 lbs is no jokes at times! xx Moni

  4. I go to Revolve pretty regularly…SoulCycle, Flywheel and Revolve in NYC are all a stone’s throw away from my house, and Revolve is my favorite. Glad you got to try SoulCycle!

  5. I LOVE that dress, where did you get it? I am desperately searching for a dress for a wedding and adore that one.

  6. SoulCycle is huge out here in LA and I have YET to try it! There is another class I want to try its called the 1,000 calorie ride at Cycle House and the instructor will not let you leave until you have burned 1,000 calories! Sounds SCARY but I would love to test it out! Thanks for sharing!! Love + Shine CourtStar

  7. I recently started taking body ride classes at Revolve (located in DC and NYC). It’s like being at a club…… but on a bike. We lift weights at the end. They also offer barre ride which ends with barre class moves instead of weights. I’m not brave enough for that yet. We should go next time you are in the area. As long as you won’t be embarrassed by a novice. The classes are really popular and you have to book in advance, but you get assigned seating!! You pick the bike!

  8. I LOVE SoulCycle and am so happy you were able to try it, Brittany! I feel the same way—it’s hard for any other studio/spin experience to compare. 🙂

    It looks like you had a full, fun weekend. Beyond excited for you as your wedding approaches!

  9. I haven’t tried Soulcycle even though I live in NY but they are opening a new location right near me so I may have to. I do the regular spin class at my gym (Lifetime Fitness) but I know Soulcycle is supposed to be that much better…I noticed you wrote “in Long Island” – a long islander all my life, I always said “on Long Island” without thinking until someone from out of state pointed it out to me last week at the Fitness Mag Meet and Tweet lol. I never even realized.

  10. Hi Brittany!!

    I am getting so excited about your up and coming wedding!! You and Isaac look so cute in the picture. As for Spin, I attend a Crosspin class three times a week. Its a cross between 30 minutes of spin and 30 minutes of Crossfit! It kicks my butt too. I always ask the instructors to not be leniente on me due to wanting to get the most out of my workouts! Our Spin class is also dimly lit with disco lights flashing across the ceiling with candles also lit. I love the amibiance as it makes you lose yourself and enjoy the moment. I guess you could say its some “me” time. 🙂 I also love that you look for healthy places and bring healthy snacks. We are planning a LOOONNGGG vacation in August and have contemplated packing snacks along with trying to find healthy stores to pick stuff up. In the past year I have lost 27 lbs so I don’t want to gain any of it back. So my boyfriend and I have agreed to stay active and have a few drinks in the evening but, to keep our active lifestyles as we love how it feels to be in shape and look great!! Continue to keep us posted on your wedding as, I am super excited for you about your big day!! 😀

  11. Can I tell you how pumped I am that you like SoulCycle?

    BECAUUUSSEEE I’m the Regional Manager of a spin studio that’s just like SoulCyle, only younger/newer. Check out http://www.TidalWheel.com (or the TidalWheel Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TidalWheel) if you want more info, but basically we are one in the same, especially as far as our classes are concerned.

    AND. Guess what? I’m moving to Richmond in about 8 weeks to open a studio there in Short Pump! Wheeeeeeeee! I’ll be living off West Broad Steet. Can we be real life friends? Please? Great.

      • I’m in Richmond too and stoked for this!! Alyssa – do the tidalwheel spin bikes have the little digital displays so you can track your progress? (I got hooked on Flywheel a few months ago while traveling and LOVE that feature!!) I live out in Brandermill – maybe a third location will be on the books in the near future 😉

  12. SoulCycle is a big big inspiration of mine. I LOVE their format and can’t wait to have something like it in Richmond!! Hoping to share details of that very soon! Thanks for the shout out!

    Also, love the dress you wore to the wedding. That is a great color on you!

  13. I always bring healthy snack with me when on vacation! It’s hard to eat out all the time, so it’s nice to have something healthy to snack on. Plus, it’s always good to have something on hand when you’re in a pinch.

  14. My gym has RealRyder spin bikes. It is the most amazing class! The bike actually leans and turns. If you ever get a chance, ‘ryde’ one, I know you will love it!

  15. I can totally relate to your planning ahead. I still have 3 weeks before I fly home and I already planning my snacks for the plane ride and car ride! Also, researching places to eat near the airport that have a healthy option I want. A tip to success…always plan ahead! The spin class sounds amazing, I am looking into trying one!

  16. I also love exploring different Whole Foods when we are traveling. They are all so different and carry different items. I love to stock up on the things I can’t get close by! I was actually visiting the one in Jacksonville, Fl yesterday!

  17. How fun! You looked so beautiful!! Soon is your big day!!! Your friend made a gorgeous bride, congrats to the newly wed couple!!

    Never tried soul cycle, but have heard it rocks! Glad you liked it and got to try it!

  18. I’ve never taken a SoulCycle class but definitely intrigued to know what it’s like. Btw wedding looks incredible, and you look beautiful 🙂

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