I am officially graduated from physical therapy! Just saying that makes me nervous since I’ve been going for so long.. ah! Going to PT has kept me accountable for doing my lower body strengthening exercises and I also feel like I benefited a lot from the manual therapy (ASTYM and ART). But I’ve run a few higher mileage runs this past month and haven’t had any pain, so my PT decided it was time for me to be finished at Finishline Physical Therapy.
I have to make sure to keep up with my exercises and maintain all the positive things I’ve done to help recover from this stupid IT Band syndrome, but my PT taught me well! I feel that I can continue with what she taught me and hopefully never have this injury again.. its awful. If you live in NYC and need PT, I highly recommend Finishline. They are amazing!
Tonight I went to my first Soul Cycle spinning class, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. Katherine asked me to join her so I figured this was my chance to stop talking about going and just get my butt there. They have a few studios throughout the city but the one I went to was in Union Square. Its a small studio but very clean and they actually fit in a lot of people into one class! They make good use of space here.
After dropping my things off in the locker room, I headed upstairs to my bike. All the bikes require you to clip in, so you can either bring or rent shoes to wear (for $3 a class). Since it was my first time I got to rent the shoes for free, yay! I wasn’t entirely sure how to set up the bike or clip in, but the staff was SO nice and helpful with this! They showed me how to correctly measure myself for the bike and how to clip in/out. Loved that extra help.
The class itself was really good, not as challenging at some of Carl Hall’s at Crunch but it was a nice first class to take at a new place! Most of the beginning of the class was similar to other ones I’ve been too (running, push-ups, various positions), butwhat I like about Soul Cycle is that they incorporate upper body more than other places.
Each bike comes with two 2 lb weights, which I laughed a little bit about at first. 2lb seems so low! But let me tell you, it was more than enough and my arms were burning. Keep in mind that I have weak chicken arms though. About 3/4 into the class we did shoulder, bicep, and tricep exercises with the weights, one after the next. I really liked this part of class because this wasn’t part of any other spin class I’ve been too and it was very effective!
The Verdict: I’m addicted.
I can’t wait to take a class here again! I liked spin to begin with but this place made it so much better. I feel that it was a great whole body workout, the music was good, the bikes and shoes were nice, and the facility was super clean. Highly recommended!
On a totally unrelated note, has anyone ever tried this flavor from Peanut Butter&Co. before?
Not to ruin the surprise if you haven’t tried this yet, but its AMAZING! It also has protein in it like PB so I don’t feel so bad eating it as a PB replacement Not sure if that makes any sense but I’m sticking to it. Try this if you already haven’t!
PS. I’m a bit crazy and signed up for my first DUATHALON! Yep, you read that right. Its this weekend on Staten Island and it was really impromptu which is SO unlike me. I’m just doing this for fun and to get my feet wet, not worrying about time at all. Wish me luck.. ah! And any advice is welcomed
Do you take spin classes? Where is your favorite class?
Any new food finds lately?
Have you ever gone to PT?