SOHO Cycling Studio

10 06 2012

The past several days here in Tampa have been rainy, rainy, rainy. The weather’s made it kinda hard to get in my workouts, since I do pretty much all of them outside. I know I could go to the gym, but the closest LA Fitness is a good 20 minutes away, and the gym at my complex is pretty lame.

So on Thursday when Beth asked if I wanted to head over to the SOHO Cycling Studio for the 7:30 class, I immediately said yes. I remembered reading Mary‘s post about SOHO when I first moved to Tampa, and I made a mental note to check it out, so I was really excited that I was finally making it to a class.

I reserved my spot online for a one time drop in fee of $15. Beth told me that first timers are free, but I think you need to call and make your reservation, which I didn’t. At $15 a pop for a drop in, it can get a little pricey, but they have various multi-visit packages you can buy. I thought it was pretty cool that you could pick your bike number too. They have a diagram of the room, with notations where the instructor sits, where the fans are, and where the big screens are, and then you just click on the bike number you want. Beth reserved bike 14, so I snagged bike 15.

When I walked in, I could tell this was going to be great. I found my bike no problem, thanks to Beth and the little card with my name on it πŸ™‚ The studio was clean, spacious, and filled with bikes. I think there were 3 rows of 10. There was an elevated platform in the front of the room for the instructor, and two big screens playing music videos on either side of the instructor’s platform. Lady Gaga was blasting in the speakers, and I smiled, ready for a workout to kick my butt.

And my butt got a good whooping! The instructor, Jessica, made us work! She mixed the workout up with some sprints, climbs, jumps, changing positions, you name it! There was also one song that we sat up and did overhead presses the entire time; I’m pretty sure it was an EP too, so by the end, my arms were Jello! They hurt the next day!

Jessica’s music choice was great too. She played a lot of dance music that I was familiar with, and threw in a few other songs, like Headsprung. Whoa, college flashback! Oh, and she switched off the music videos and put on some “extreme sport” videos-snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, wind surfing, etc. I loved having the visual stimulation because it allowed my mind to focus on something other than the pain in my legs! It also reminded me of Bill, who’s an avid surfer and mountain biker:-)

At the end of class, I was drenched in sweat, but had a huge smile on my face. That’s exactly the kind of workout I wanted/needed. My only complaint about the class would be that sometimes Jessica was hard to hear over the music, since her microphone broke. I feel like that always happens though…

I had a great experience at SOHO, and would love to return. But because I ride outside so much, it doesn’t really make sense for me to spin all that frequently. I’m going to keep my eye out for a groupon (that’s how Mary and Beth started going), but maybe will treat myself to a drop in class every now and again. πŸ™‚ If you’re in the area, definitely check it out!




One response

11 06 2012

I have been to this place once before. I love the screens and music videos.

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