Hi y'all! Yesterday I went to Soul Cycle for the first time for a good friend's birthday. You know I barely do cardio. I'm more of a yoga, weight lifting, HIIT kinda gal so 45 mins of straight cycling sounded SO intimidating but I'm always up for trying something new! I have done a couple of spin classes over the years and they were always super challenging and I ended up with a sore crotch [let's be honest]. But that had been years ago when I was in better shape.... anyways, fast forward to yesterday. I absolutely loved the Soul Cycle facility. Their locker room is well stocked with towels, face wash, shampoo/conditioner/body wash in the showers, deodorant, shaving supplies and hair dryers. The staff at Preston Hollow were so helpful and helped get me situated into my bike. I absolutely LOVED the atmosphere. You cycle in a dark room, every now and then the instructor would turn the lights on around the stage on for demonstration but for the most part, I felt like I was in a club. The music was awesome and so loud. I love when the bass is on point and vibrating. They provide ear plugs at the front (and gum - how genius!) if you don't like the super loud music but I loved it. It covered up my heavy, dying breathing and cussing when it got real difficult :) The first couple minutes I literally felt like my legs were going to fall off but as Lexi said, keep moving even if you take a break. So I did. Eventually my legs felt normal again and I enjoyed myself until the 2nd round of Oh My God I'm Dying set in. One more round of I Think I'm Going To Make It followed by the last I'm Glad I'm Strapped In Otherwise I'd Be Passed Out On The Floor.
Overall, it was a lot of fun but final verdict for myself is that it's just not for me - at least at my no cardio fitness stage. Because of how we were bent over most of the time and I already hold a lot of stress in my shoulders & neck, I had the worst shooting pains kinda headache and was so nauseated after brunch. I spent the rest of the day in bed with a massive migraine which I don't get very often. I really do think it's because I wasn't nearly in good enough shape for it and although I tried to take it at my own pace - it was just so intense. It definitely showed me how out of shape I am cardio-wise and I will start adding it into my fitness routine but likely HIIT sessions since I'm trying to grow da peach. BUT if you like cardio or like spin, I would definitely recommend trying Soul Cycle out. It was still a lot of fun and the atmosphere was great. My friend does it ALL the time and she was going hard the entire session. You could definitely tell the avid riders from the newbies. It was a fun experience but I'll probably stick to my normal fitness routine since it's more enjoyable for me [said as I ice my crotch]. I can definitely feel the burn in my quads a TON and a bit in my calves and glutes.
Anywho, two of my fall must-haves this year has been bombers and mules. When I saw this bomber [currently on sale!!], I feel truly, madly, deeply in love. Blush and gray?! Swooooon! Thank goodness for ASOS free returns because I had a lot of trial and error on sizing.... I also took it as a reason to spend $140 each order to get free shipping.... gotta take advantage! I originally tried the bomber in a US 6 but it was a touch too big in the shoulders. They unfortunately were out of the US 4 but the US 2 fits quite well.
I purchased the mules from Amazon. I love the cut of these mules and the peep toe. Since Texas refuses to stay cold [at least right now] I can wear them for a bit longer. What are some of your fall must-haves?
What I'm Wearing:
H&M Shell [similar] | New Look Contrast Sleeve Bomber Jacket | TopShop Jamie Jean | Steve Madden Nectar Mules [similar] | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody | MAC Soar Lip Liner + MAC Modesty Lipstick