Ride Indoor Cycle

Okay….so it’s been awhile since I’ve written…but I am back! I’ve tried about 4-5 new places recently, but I was struggling getting myself to write because I started to feel like they were all just the same thing over and over and I didn’t know how to write something new about them. I just needed a quick break!

Anyways, let’s chat about Ride in the Heights (that’s Ride with an I, not y). They are pretty damn different too. So I got together 3 of my gals and we signed up for a Friday noon class with Taryn. We all showed up and were given the tour, not that there is much of a tour because it is just their little retail space, the lockers across from the cycle room and then 2 restrooms, which is pretty similar to most indoor cycle studios. I got set up on my bike and then it was time to SWEAT and holy cow did we sweat. The cycle class itself wasn’t anything super different than most cycle classes. It was actually a bit underwhelming compared to the Soul Cycle classes I have been taking at River Oaks. The reason we were all literally DRENCHED in sweat though was because it was HOTTTTTT. I had the spot in the wings/side bar/whatever you want to call it that is right next to the mirror and I couldn’t even see myself in the mirror it was so fogged up. My friend even said she had trouble breathing it was so hot in there.

The atmosphere was also similar to other cycle studios. About 50 bikes in a room filled with blacklights and loud music. Great atmosphere, great music and clean facility, plus so really cute apparel that all happened to be 30% off the day I was there. Taryn, the instructor was nice too, but not as ‘welcoming’ as some of the other studios. If you have read any of my other blog posts, you know that I like it when instructors make it a point to introduce themselves to the newbies.

Anyways, I felt like I was wearing a wetsuit when I walked out because of how soaked my pants were… it was so GROSS, and I’m even one of those people who actually LIKES to sweat. When you take your first intro class (which is free) they offer you 20% off any package you sign up for it you sign up that day. One of my friends signed up for a pack of classes so she must have really enjoyed it. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, I’m just saying I prefer Ryde or Soul Cycle in River Oaks better. Give it a try yourself though! Remember, first class is FREEEEEE, but wear as little clothing as possible because it is hot hot hot.

For more information on Ride visit https://www.ride-indoorcycling.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RIDE.heights/ and Instagram at @rideindoorcycling

Ryde – River Oaks

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this place…but I will start with the few minor cons and then unleash my love for this place. Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Con #1: I passed it up…I had it plugged into my GPS and I still passed it up! Ryde River Oaks is in the River Oaks Shopping Center off W. Gray St. Con #2: Parking sucks over there. Everywhere I tried to park was a 30 min parking spot, so I had to park in a lot across the street and walk over, which wasn’t a big deal, but looking for parking in Houston is not really my cup of tea. Con #3: Although the facility was really nice and clean with great equipment, there was little to no seating/waiting area. So before and after class was somewhat of a clusterf***. I think that is all the cons.

Now on to all that I loved about Ryde. Front desk people were super friendly and got me signed in and hooked up with a pair of shoes (first pair is on them, every class after that is 3 bucks – I think – to rent them). When the doors finally opened for class to get started, I had a hard time finding my bike because it was sooo dark, but I finally found it and within like 2 seconds a staffer was there to help me set up my bike and answer any questions. After I was set up and waiting for class to start, the instructor came up and introduced himself, which we all know I love! I think it is so incredibly important to make sure first timers at any gym, restaurant, store, wherever feel welcomed. Drew was my instructor and he was GREAT! Within the first 2 songs my quads were already burning. I would say Ryde is most similar to Revolution Studio as far as style of class goes. It was very dancing and you really had to have rhythm… which I struggle with… a lot! Regardless, I had fun, which ultimately trumps everything else.

Class was 45 minutes long. We did sprints, and hills and push ups and tap backs and side to side things and arm weights. I am writing this the day after class and I am super sore… although I kind of live in a constant state of soreness. Anyways, the music was loud, the class was energetic, it was a good time and great workout. They also keep track of your stats throughout class and then email you a summary which was cool! Here is mind below:

Ryde Stats

So thus far here is my ranking for cycling studios, and again, these are based on the location I went to and most importantly the instructor, so this is just my opinion on the few trial classes I have taken.

  1. Revolution Studio
  2. Ryde
  3. I feel like CycleBar would be here, but I need to try a real class
  4. Soul Cycle
  5. DEFINE West University

 

For more information on Ryde visit http://www.letsryde.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rydehouston/ and Instagram at @rydehouston

SoulCycle

A huge thank to @atcheeylaurenn (instagram) for inviting us to try out SoulCycle. @atcheeylaurenn had some free passes to try out SoulCycle and she did a damn good job recruiting some first time riders for a Sunday morning sweat sesh … and boy did we sweat! So I have tried a few cycle places now (Revolution Studio and DEFINE Body & Mind) and I really REALLY loved Revolution and really really didn’t like DEFINE so I had a good scale to compare SoulCycle to and I would say if Revolution is a 10 and Define is a … 4 then SoulCycle is an 8 overall.

The overall atmosphere and facility of SoulCycle is very similar to Revolution. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The staff got us set up and clipped in beforehand. The instructor came up and introduced himself before class and used our names throughout the class to keep us motivated. The actual facility was bright and clean and had fun designs on the wall and a signature yellow spin bike outside … overall it was very inviting and easy to find. They also have a wall of merchandise/apparel you can purchase which I took a look at and LOVED what they carried but need to resist my urge to buy even more workout clothes right now.

First thing we did when we walked in was sign the little waiver and get our bike assignment, which they actually email you the day before with extra instructions and what to expect … it was actually a really cute and welcoming email … I’ll post a screenshot of it below. They we got our shoes and were shown around to the lockers and restrooms/dressing rooms. We locked up our crap and put on our shoes and were ready to get clipped in and start riding.

SoulCycle Email

Like I said before, the staff came in and helped all the newbies get their bikes adjusted and get clipped in. Our class had A LOT of first time riders! (Side note: The studio can hold 60 people per class. I would say we had about 30 or so at the Sunday 10:45AM class) Pinij (@pnalampoon) was our instructor and he came around and introduced himself, then it was time to ride. The workout itself was pretty killer. I was literally drenched in sweat at about the halfway point and then the sweat just kept pouring out my body … it was amazingly gross. So far I have said all good things about SoulCycle, so why am I rating it below Revolution you ask?? It all has to do with the actual workout.

So at SoulCycle we rode … and rode and rode and rode … then did a few push ups, a few tap backs and only 3 arm moves with the weights. Although I feel like I got a fantastic workout, It was just kind of the same thing over and over. At Revolution, we rode but we did tap backs and push-ups and tricep dips and jumps and sprints and hills and we danced!!! Then when we picked up the arm weights, oh man, I thought my arms were going to fall off they hurt so bad. At Revolution we were constantly switching it up and doing something new. At SoulCycle, there just wasn’t as much variation. Also, at Revolution there was like lighting variation so like black lights and a very club-ish vibe, whereas SoulCycle was still club-ish and they played with the lights a bit but just not as sweet of a vibe as Revolution … although MUCH better than the vibe at DEFINE.

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@atcheeylaurenn and friends! Thanks again 🙂

Anyways, overall I really enjoyed my session at SoulCycle. I’m not going to post the prices, because you can also find them all online at https://www.soul-cycle.com/ but if you’re a first time rider you can do a 3-class pack for $60, which isn’t that bad if it includes shoe rental … but I didn’t ask about that and I doubt it does. The other good thing about SoulCycle is if you buy a class package, let’s just say you buy the first time 3-class pack, you can use them whenever and at any location. They have 2 locations in Houston – Memorial (the one I went to) and River Oaks.

 

For more info on SoulCycle visit https://www.soul-cycle.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SoulCycle-1637617196554397/ (Memorial) or https://www.facebook.com/SoulCycleROTX/ (River Oaks)