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SoulCycle is Cathartic

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like kickin’ off the week with a fantastic workout.

That’s exactly what I did this morning when I trekked down to Union Square for an 8 a.m. spin class at SoulCycle.

Therapy.

I met up with my friend Jenna bright and early to get our sweat on. She loves SoulCycle and I enjoyed it when I went for a class last summer, so I figured I’d pair up with her for my next few sessions. I got some gift certificates for the studio, so I’m putting them to good use! Plus, I need to get as many free workouts as I can…I simply can’t afford a gym membership right now.

Anyway, it felt great to do something other than running! I’ve always loved spinning, but haven’t been able to take a class since I graduated from college back in May. I love that SoulCycle turns off the lights and the whole class is lighted only by candle light. My instructor, Clare, had the perfect amount of intensity, encouragement and mental grit pulsating through the room and I really pushed myself to the limit.

Random photo of my yummy lunch. Lots o' veggies.

Everything about this class was great. The upper body exercises we incorporated into a few songs, the music itself, the energy in the room and the level to which I pushed myself. It was all phenomenal. I felt like I was letting go of all of the stress I had been dealing with and just focused on the burn in my muscles, the sweat dripping down my face and the force of my legs pushing the wheel round and round. It was cathartic.

Whoever thinks spinning is just a workout is crazy.

Or maybe I am. I’m not sure which one is right, but I’m going to say the former.

Regardless, I felt amazing after the workout. I forgot to take a picture, but I’ll be sure to include some sweaty goodness for you tomorrow.

However, I did remember to take a picture after I was dressed for work. I get ready so much faster when I don’t have my computer distracting me.

I love new work clothes.

This is new dress numero uno! I’m in love with it and got it at H&M for only $34.95!

How was your Monday? How do you feel about spinning?

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Top 2010 Spinning Beats

From Healthy Revelations

I have taken various spin classes over the last two weeks at studios throughout NYC in order to test out different teaching methods. One thing that tied each class together? The music. Each instructor had different tastes in music, but there were a few songs that showed up in every playlist. There are just some tunes that make you forget about the pain pulsating through your body and simply pump you up to finish strong. Below are my top 10 tunes of 2010 that push me through that monstrous hill or the last stretch of a sprint session.

  1. Love the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
  2. California Gurls by Katie Perry
  3. Jai Ho! by the Pussycat Dolls (It came out in 2009, but it’s too good to leave out)
  4. Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha
  5. OMG by Usher featuring will. i. am
  6. Imma Be by The Black Eyed Peas
  7. Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert
  8. Airplanes by B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
  9. Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz
  10. Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

What are your favorite spinning beats? I’d love to check ’em out!