Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Workout Wednesday: 100 Things I've Learned from Taking 100 Classes



Last week marked my 100th ride at SoulCycle, and I made it a goal to hit that after three months of riding. I'm honestly so proud of myself for completing such a goal, and feel more like an athlete than I ever have! In honor of hitting my goal here's 100 things I've learned from a 100 classes at SoulCycle.

  1. I initially hated spin classes, and then SoulCycle came into my life!
  2. I never thought I would say this, but I LOVE going to spin EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!
  3. I'm surprised how much SoulCycle is a full body effort. 
  4. My crotch was sore from riding for the first two weeks, and then it never came back.
  5. During my first class I had no clue what the freak this "tap back" was. 
  6. Riding to the rhythm of the music took me a solid 20 classes until I really got the hang of it.
  7. Whenever we switch to riding on the left leg it always throws me off.
  8. Riding to the rhythm of the music during runs took me a solid 40 classes. 
  9. Learning to unclip from the pedals took me 8 classes #embarrassing.
  10. Learning to set up my bike without help took me 6 classes. 
  11. My bike height is at the number 3, and my handles bars go as low as the bike allows.
  12. Riding with a tribe makes classes that more fun!
  13. My friends and I have a SoulCycle group text where we share our weekly schedules on when we are taking, and how we can figure out how to ride together.
  14. The ride tribe started off as 3 people, and ever since January we got so many more people into riding. 
  15. If the tribe and I ride at night we will usually go out for Mexican after. 
  16. I've become a better Pure Barre teacher since riding with SoulCycle because I am able to bring a different energy into my classes along with some inspirational cues. 
  17. Favorite move - double tap middle press.
  18. Favorite move during weights - crunches.
  19. Favorite instructors - Hayes Callaway, Lexi Brawer, and Valentina Paolillo (truthfully all the instructors there are awesome!). 
  20. Hardest instrutor - Kevin.... so hard, but so good!!!
  21. I always need to ride with a braid or else my hair sticks to my face during body rolls. 
  22. Not all leggings are created equal, and you need to get yourself a pair that are lightweight, fast drying, high waisted, and don't create a muffin top.
  23. I go crazy whenever there's SoulCycle Dallas apparel in studio.
  24. My place in class is either front row or side bar.
  25. When I want to work/check on my form I like to ride sidebar closest to the mirror to check out my form during class. 
  26. I HATE when I have to sit in the back row!
  27. I was so determined to hit 100 classes before I moved so during March I took 41 classes.
  28. Currently getting ready to take the SoulTogether challenge where I will be taking 30 classes in 30 days. 
  29. I love doing doubles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays!
  30. I'll do a triple once a week. 
  31. On the days I triple I cross my fingers that the last class won't have long runs. The wishful thinking never works ;)
  32. Every week I keep telling myself that I am going to buy my own shoes, but always end up renting a pair from the studio.
  33. Love my theme rides especially if Beyonce is involved!
  34. I've cried many times during the Soul Moment song.
  35. I have a very distinct "woo" in class. #firecracker
  36. I've learned to put myself out there, and make friends with riders I see regularly.
  37. My car floor is flooded with half filled smart water bottles.
  38. Trunk is filled with dirty spin clothes that I always forget to bring inside. 
  39. If my towel drops halfway through class I know that I'm screwed. #sweatyhandlebars
  40. 3 pound weights are my bae.
  41. Most exhausting movement? Continuous body rolls or long runs.
  42. Favorite day of the week is Sundays when AE and I do a double class with a survivor.
  43. When Hayes was still living in Texas AE and I would always sign up at noon on Monday for his survivors so we could always ride together on premium bikes. 
  44. Least favorite day of the week. Mondays - hardest day for me to do spin since I'm so busy with teaching all day. 
  45. I love losing myself to the beat of the music.
  46. I have to consciously foam roll my hip flexors, and quads so that my knees don't ache.
  47. I always read that spin makes women thighs bulk up, and I think that is a complete lie. Ever since I started spin I feel more lean, and my muscles are more striated. 
  48. I've lost weight doing SoulCycle.
  49. My cardio endurance has increased.
  50. Ever since doing SoulCycle I don't get as bloated. 
  51. I can remember my favorite class still to this day. It was an evening class where AE and I went to go ride with Hayes. In that class two riders were riding podium to celebrate someone's 250 and 500 class. Hayes was off the bike the whole time, and the energy in the room was insane! Tons of hoots, towel dancing, and energy went down that night. Still get chills thinking about how LIT it was. 
  52. Laundry has become endless! (March was the worst!).
  53. I probably annoy everyone on Instagram who follows my Insta stories when I tag who I took from that day.
  54. Had to upgrade to more expensive laundry detergent to kill the sweat stink. 
  55. I've thrown clothes away that won't shed the sweat smell. #woof 
  56. The community within the studio is amazing!
  57. I used to never work out in just a sports bra, but now you'll never see me in a tank!
  58. I'm guilty of rocking the matching leggings and sports bra.
  59. I appreciate so much when an instructor will have a different playlist/class in a day when I double from them.  
  60. If I wash my hair on a day where I do SoulCycle then that wash day was ruined.
  61. After a lit class you can see me in my car using my steering wheel as first.
  62. SoulCycle has become a mental escape for me.
  63. I developed a deep passion for the brand, and hope that I can become an instructor one day.
  64. I'm sure my hair has gotten damaged with how tight I need to make my pony tails. 
  65. Favorite funny cue in class via Vali - "Tighten up those top knots."
  66. Favorite funny cue in class via Lexi - "Ride that bike like you stole it."
  67. Spin doesn't agitate my left hamstring or calves. Hallelujah!
  68. Different teachers offer different things - athleticism, inspiration, and a full on party.
  69. My music library has definitely increased with so many lit songs since I started riding.
  70. I've tried different spin classes in Dallas, and rhythm riding at SoulCycle is my favorite.
  71. I love how SoulCycle is all about your personal journey throughout class. 
  72. During stretch at the end of class I'm always surprised by the pool of sweat below my bike. 
  73. I always love the smell of the spin room after it gets cleaned.
  74. I treasure every time I ride, and use that 45 minutes to just focus on me.
  75. I sleep significantly better if I ride at night.
  76. When I ride in the morning I notice Im significantly more happy.
  77. I'm more energized after spin.
  78. Each ride is my own personal therapy.
  79. I've upped my yoga practice since riding since there isn't much time to stretch at SoulCycle. 
  80. A spin high is a real thing!
  81. The "dancing" on a bike makes class go by so fast!
  82. I've gotten Todd to take 3 classes, and I don't think he loves it as much as me ;)
  83. Unfortunately I've developed a little back-ne since riding with all the sweat I'm dripping. #whyyyyyyyyyyy
  84. I might have done a "risky business" slide in my spin shoes in the hallways when I thought no one was looking. Don't worry, I had an audience!
  85. I go so much that the front desk has memorized my information to add me to class. 
  86. I always stay for stretch while others duck out. 
  87. I've gone horse from "wooing" too much in class.
  88. I feel more like an athlete. 
  89. Always carry an RX bar or clementine in my bag for a quick snack for post spin.
  90. I go to the 6/6:30 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. I have a very distinct routine for the mornings. I always go to Starbucks 15 minutes before class so that I have that time to drink my starbs to give me a boost of energy. If I wake too late to skip my Starbucks it throws off my ride game. 
  91. I live for the SoulCycle puns... I "wheeling" love you, "soul" obsessed, you'll be "soul" missed, "soul" mates... nerdy I know!
  92. Love how one of my favorite instructors Lexi now takes at Pure Barre. Pure Barre x SoulCycle = PureSoul.
  93. When I causally hear a song that I ride to in public I start dreaming about my next class. 
  94. Get so annoyed when I see people checking their apple watches constantly during class.
  95. Want to see Amy Schumer's new movie just because it has her falling off a SoulCycle bike.
  96. The word "lit" is my go to word when describing a class that gives me the ultimate spin high. 
  97. I never lock my locker anymore since I always forget what locker number I put my things in.
  98. Will engage in any conversation that deals with how I much I can talk about my passion for SoulCycle.
  99. I actively grunt (loud) during long runs or big pushes. 
  100. I'm purely SoulAddicted.

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