35 responses

  1. Beth @ 990 Square
    June 14, 2012

    Wow $35 a month! That’s a cheap gym! I live in Baltimore, where gym memberships seem to average $75-$110 a month! I can only imagine that NYC gyms are more than that, so maybe the $30 a class isn’t so bad if a regular gym is going to cost you $150 a month.
    Beth @ 990 Square recently posted..Wordless Wednesday 6.13.2012

    • Brittany
      June 14, 2012

      I’m from NYC, it definitely depends on where you go. You can get a gym membership for $35 a month here (or at least a couple of years ago you could).

    • Elisabeth
      June 15, 2012

      I’m in Ohio (Toledo area) and our gyms are in the $30-$40 range here. I could never justify spending one month’s fee on one class!

  2. Sarah
    June 14, 2012

    Hey!! Glad I got to meet you today and found your blog!! Loving it!

    I have never heard of spin cycle but I am with you about overpriced stuff in nyc. I am sure it is a great class but I am one for the cheap side of things like my $20 a month gym membership and running outside. But I am glad to know about this place now just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

    I LOVE how early the sun comes up in the summer. It is blissful!

    Safe travels home lady!!
    Sarah recently posted..Death by Stairs and a Birthday

  3. April @goaprilgo
    June 14, 2012

    Hmm…SoulCycle sounds interesting. I’m totally chicken in spinning classes (I find them really intimidating!), but I think a teen specialty class would be great. NYC pricing is expensive–I’m really lucky that while I’m away at college I can take advantage of free gym classes instead of paying a monthly fee. While I’m at home, I just tend to do stuff on my own.

    It was fantastic meeting with you today, by the way! I hope your flight went smoothly and safely.
    April @goaprilgo recently posted..Disney Princess Half-Marathon: Part IV

    • Meghann
      June 15, 2012

      It was great meeting you too! I hope the train ride home wasn’t too horrific. Tell your dad happy birthday for me!!!

      • April @goaprilgo
        June 15, 2012

        It wasn’t too bad (totally worth it to come to lunch). Thanks, sure thing!
        April @goaprilgo recently posted..A Whole Week of Awesomeness?!

  4. Sloane @ Life Food and Beer
    June 14, 2012

    I would get confused spinning as fast as I can and trying to do different moves. I’ll have to look if to see if I have anything like that in West Palm. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like fun.
    Sloane @ Life Food and Beer recently posted..WIAW No A/C Edition

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 14, 2012

    I’ve never taken a specialty spin class. I like that it works your upper body as well as your lower. I’ll have to see if we have anything like that in my area!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..Healthy Strawberry Crisp – WIAW

  6. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    June 14, 2012

    I’ve heard lots of good things about SoulCycle, but I don’t know if I could justify spending $30 per class–that’s super expensive! I know Flywheel is also popular, especially in the NYC-area, but I’ve never been to a “boutique” spinning class.
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes recently posted..4 Favorite Global Healthy Living Mantras

  7. Dori
    June 14, 2012

    I am not a fan of SoulCycle, but I LOVE their competitor Flywheel. There isn’t any of those bike pushups (which I think distract from the class and aren’t totally safe), and the class is just as intense! There are little computers at each bike that tell you your RPMs, power, resistance and at the end of the class you get a total number, so you have something to work towards beating the next time. And they have stadium seating!

    But if I saw your tweet, I would have told you to go to my all time FAVORITE studio, Refine Method! I actually have a free gym membership that I never use because I get pushed so much harder from the expensive boutique classes. It’s a pricey habit, but for me it is worth the investment.

  8. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    June 14, 2012

    Ahhh so thats what SoulCycle is ;). It sounds interesting but you’re right, it’s almost as expensive as my gym membership that includes a ton of cycling classes. Crazy! I’m glad you enjoyed it though, its always fun to try something new!
    Lindsay @ Running the Windy City recently posted..Strike Out ALS 5k

  9. Angela
    June 14, 2012

    I work out at home so I don’t even pay for a gym membership or know exactly what it would cost, but $30 for one class?! Wow! I probably would have tried it too, I have heard quite a few things about it, and while you are there you might as well!
    Angela recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday

  10. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    June 14, 2012

    i can’t imagine a spin class being worth so much! that just seems crazy!
    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats recently posted..Thursday Thoughts

  11. ash bear
    June 14, 2012

    I’m so glad I was able to see you and I have to agree with you assessment. I actually didn’t love today’s class because it had too many push-ups and side to sides for me to focus on my intensity/speed. I do however love the energy, packed classes and music selections!
    ash bear recently posted..A Commitment That Shouldnโ€™t Be Taken Lightly

  12. BroccoliHut
    June 14, 2012

    I completely understand where you’re coming from on this one. While it’s nice to include our fur children, it might be a little traumatic for them! I wish Margot could be my flower girl, but I’m pretty sure the church wouldn’t appreciate it, and she would probably pee all the way down the aisle out of fear. Not what I’m going for on my wedding day!
    That being said, my cousin had her big, beautiful black Lab as the ring bearer in her outdoor wedding, and it worked out perfectly.

  13. Samantha
    June 14, 2012

    Sad to see you didn’t love SoulCycle – and if I had known that was your pick, I would’ve filled you in – first-time riders get to ride for $20, get free shoes and water. Alas, I’m a Soul addict…I’ve tried hitting up regular spin classes at gyms after I went, but it’s just not the same. I find myself working so much harder when I’m at Soul, and the energy in that room is crazy. I’ve done Flywheel, it’s competitor, quite a few times too, but am not the biggest fan – but I think that has more to do with your personality because SoulCycle and Flywheel totally tap into different mindsets. Next time you’re here, you should try Flywheel and compare!

  14. Margo
    June 14, 2012

    That looks like fun! I’m guessing with the generally higher cost of living in NYC that $30 doesn’t seem like such a splurge? I recently got a groupon for a boutique cycling studio, and I can’t wait to try it!

  15. Lena @Fit on the Rocks
    June 14, 2012

    Spinning while doing handlebar push-ups? I would totally face plant onto the bars or fall off of my bike lol
    Lena @Fit on the Rocks recently posted..Just Kale Me Now

  16. Army Amy*
    June 14, 2012

    When the price is that high, the class really has to be worth it. I’m too cheap to shell out any dough for workout classes, so it’s not for me. Maybe if I was better about cross-training it might appeal more.*
    Army Amy* recently posted..Three Things Thursday: Shopping Frenzy Edition

  17. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    June 14, 2012

    I’ve never even taken a spin class…though I would like to some day. I’m just afraid I won’t be able to keep up. I guess the only way to know is to TRY.
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..A Week of Photos

  18. Lindsay
    June 14, 2012

    I was introduced to a similar cycling studio here in DC through a deal site, called Revolve, and was hooked. I like that you know the instructors you’re getting, and I never leave without being drenched in sweat! However, I do a 5-morning-a-week boot camp, and the $20/class price tag just didn’t make sense. (and actually, I finally gave up my gym membership because these other classes kick my butt way more and are more fun). Luckily, the studio offers work trade and I’ve been able to “work” for my classes by cleaning and resetting the bikes. A lot of exercise studios do the same thing, so that’s a great option if you like the classes but can’t justify or afford the expense!

  19. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    June 14, 2012

    The sun rises in Chicago at 5:00 AM every morning inthe summer!
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey recently posted..sensible snacking

  20. Annette @FitnessPerks
    June 14, 2012

    I think the price is ridiculous for a spin class…especially since I think doing anything other than ‘regular’ moves on a bike is lame. I mean, the bike is for spinning, not pushups. Besides it’s not really safe.

    But then again, a class with a lot of fun music and energy is always awesome. I am sure it’s an experience, but I would never shell that much out for a spin class with cool pushups. Just sayin’. Love your honesty, Meghann!! Have fun in NYC ๐Ÿ™‚
    Annette @FitnessPerks recently posted..Workouts & Scenes of The Houseboat Vacation

  21. Vita
    June 15, 2012

    So first of all, I am not from the States at all – I live in Lithuania. And for quite some time I used to think that all that specialty spinning class you described was just the usual spinning. Until I went to a spinning class led by another instructor. Turns out the normal usual spinning was boring. For my gym membership I pay about $50 a month and it includes all kinds of classes (spinning too). I couldn’t be happier with my instructor. We usually do interval training with climbs and increasing resistance and at the same time we do all those different routines with push ups, side bends, elbows down and up, bending to the front and then pulling away to the back. The most difficult thing to do is spinning while standing up and keeping the tail still AND doing all the routines at the same time. It’s an amazing amazing full body workout!
    So yeah, I love it.
    And since I am more of a stalker here, I have to say, I really like your blog. Thank you for it. Sincerely ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Grazia
    June 15, 2012

    Many years ago (I think it was 2001) I did few lessons of “acrobatic spinning”: basically it was spinning with some weird moves, like pedaling with just one leg (keepin up the other leg). It was very extreme and dangerous, so it’s not strange that it wasn’t a success and disappeared from the fitness industry.

  23. olivia
    June 15, 2012

    which instructor did you take? i’ve been doing soul cycle for about 2 year now, and i absolutely love it. i only go about once a week (sometimes twice ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but i have a gym in my building, so i don’t have to fork over money for a gym membership as well. it’s definitely expensive, but i absolutely love it. glad you got to go!

  24. Laura
    June 15, 2012

    I’m addicted to Flywheel, a competitor of SoulCycle. We don’t really have any other boutique spin studios in Atlanta, so I can’t compare it to SoulCycle, but Flywheel is a little cheaper and includes shoes. I love the stadium seating so I can always see what the instructor is doing, even from the back corner. It’s totally worth it to me.

  25. Meagan @ Managing Meagan
    June 15, 2012

    I can’t believe how pricey those calsses are! My gym membership is $38/month and includes unlimited fitness classes. I can’t imagine spending almost the same on ONE class. I’d definitely try it… but, I think I’d be with you in that I just couldn’t see it being SO MUCH BETTER that it’d be worth that much.
    Meagan @ Managing Meagan recently posted..Two Thing Thursday

  26. Dina
    June 15, 2012

    I pay about $50 a moth for a gym membership that includes the full range of Les Mills classes. I do occasionally do a Yoga drop-in for the $13 dollar a class range but $32 for one class not including shoes seems really high. Not sure I could justify that expense at all.
    Dina recently posted..Sick, Cranky, and My Husband May Want To Kill Me

  27. Tara
    June 15, 2012

    I live in NYC and the only gyms I see with the cheaper monthly options are the Planet Fitness gyms. I would love to know about some of the $40 a month gyms people are referencing in the city!! I do not want to repeat my Planet Fitness membership but the other options I have found are in the $100 a month range and that is too much!!!

  28. Dusty @ Running to Healthy
    June 15, 2012

    I live in Vegas and pay $40/mo for my gym membership. Individual classes not associated with the gym seem to run $25 and up out here. I think it all depends on where you live.
    Dusty @ Running to Healthy recently posted..I Finally Did It

  29. Kelly
    June 15, 2012

    I’ve been to Flywheel here in Chicago. Your first ride is free. Who doesn’t love a free fitness class??!! The location I went to doesn’t have showers otherwise I would go some mornings before work. It might not be worth a membership to some but always worth a try.

  30. Jennifer Fidler
    June 27, 2012

    I go to the Soul Cycle in Los Angeles (sometimes). With shoes and water it is $30 a pop. I do like it and enjoy the atmosphere, especially the candles, plus there is free gum at the counter! But quite honestly it is not worth the extra money, even with the super friendly and welcoming staff. My gym membership is $67/mth and I can go to unlimited SPIN classes with them. It is JUST as tough a workout and they have certified quality instructors. The workout is the same, the only difference is the atmosphere.

  31. Dusty
    January 8, 2013

    Hello everyone, I am a very popular spin instructor in Brossard, Quebec Canada, and work at Mansfield athletique club, I must say that my classes are full and fill up a room of 34 bikes in about 2 minutes, okay, modesty aside, being a pro cyclist, these push ups on a bike or any bike is a huge no for me, the only thing I will do that normally we would not do outside is jumps, otherwise I do long out of the saddle climbs with more resistance every minute up to 20 minutes + and people love that with a rpm of 65-85 standing. People have puddles of sweat under their bike after my class, and these ’boutique’ classes are over rated, if your gym has an awesome instructor than it is the same or better.

Back to top
mobile desktop