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Mar 092016
 

On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to join my friend Anne for a pop-up SoulCycle class at Union Market! SoulCycle recently teamed up with Target to offer free pop-up spin classes around the country, and you better believe I wouldn’t miss a chance to try the much-talked-about class for free!

(How nerdy do we look here? That first one caught us off guard! Haha!)

The class was held at Dock 5 of Union Market, which is the same place where the Lamb Jam I went to over the summer was held. In case you ever go to an event there and can’t find Dock 5, it’s all the way to the right of Union Market and up the stairs. Luckily they had marked it pretty well with SoulCycle and Target signs, so I didn’t have any trouble finding it. 🙂
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As soon as I arrived, I saw that they had blocked off certain areas of the large warehouse space to resemble a spin studio, complete with a front desk, shopping area, cubbies, and the bikes!

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After we checked in and reserved a bike, we were given goodie bags with new fitness apparel from Target! I love their C9 Champion line of clothing, which always seems to be good quality, fashion-forward, and much more affordable than my beloved Lululemon.

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As soon as we received our bags, Anne and I headed into the bathroom to change. Might as well use our new stuff right?

I was given a pair of blue capris and a loose black tank top that was open in the back (I couldn’t find the exact ones online, but these are similar to the capris and this is similar to the tank).

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I loved the fit and design of the capris especially, which had a slightly different pattern on the back side than the front.

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So fun!

Once we were changed, it was time to get cycling! We headed into a dark space that had the light blocked out by black curtains.

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There were lots of people in our class, and apparently a lot were even on the waitlist. I felt very lucky to have a spot!

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A few minutes later, we were on our bikes and it was time to get going!

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The class itself was pretty good, but after hearing so many awesome things about SoulCycle I have to admit I left feeling a bit…underwhelmed. At this point I have tried out different spin studios all across the DC area, and I always expected SoulCycle to be the best of the best. I actually found the class to be a little bit slow and it wasn’t as challenging as I would have liked. I’m wondering how much this particular class set-up and instructor had an impact on that. I definitely plan to check out a class at their regular studio with a different instructor sometime before making a final judgement, but since their classes are expensive and they aren’t on ClassPass I can’t really see that happening anytime too soon. Oh well – in the meantime, I’ll keep doing my thing at FlyWheel and Biker Barre. 😉

Either way, the event itself was a lot of fun (and very well organized!) and I had a really fun Saturday morning working up a sweat with a good friend by my side.

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Thank you for having us, SoulCycle and Target!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to SoulCycle? What do you think?

P.S. The new SoulCycle x Target clothing line that we previewed at the event was super cute, and very affordable! Definitely check it out the next time you’re in Target!

 Posted by on March 9, 2016

  7 Responses to “SoulCycle X Target”

  1. There was one here in Minneapolis that I wanted to go to but I was out of town. I’m sad to hear it wasn’t as amazing as it sounded because I really wanted to go! But I do love Target’s C9 Champion clothing line. A lot of my favorite workout clothes are from there!

  2. i love those busy patterned leggings makes me want to work out more haha!

  3. I’m hoping to catch one of the Soul Cycle pop up classes at SXSW next week! I’ve been so curious! I would definitely expect them to be harder than most classes but maybe the pop up classes are a little less intense?

  4. This looks like so much fun!!! I can’t WAIT to get back into my normal routine at the gym! GAH!

  5. I went to the Friday night pop up and had similar thoughts. MUCH less intense, not the best instructor/music than their regular classes. Like you said, still fun but not what I was expecting. I go to the Mt Vernon location (occasionaly) and the classes are so much better! Consider signing up for their emails – they seem to be offering a lot more discounted/freebie classes now that DC has so many locations 🙂

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