San Diego Fitness, Part 2: Pure Indoor Cycling
Since running is no longer in my wheelhouse, I am on the hunt for other forms of fitness that give me the same (or even a fraction...) kind of happiness that running gave me. So, stay tuned while I try cycling, various forms of yoga, SUP'ing...and just about every fitness studio that San Diego has to offer.
When Nick and I went camping and hiking a few weekends ago, I realized how out of shape (in terms of cardio) I really was. Sure, it's only been 4 weeks since I had the green-light to ditch my crutches...but...eek!
So, this week, I decided to integrate a cycle class into my yoga/strength schedule to start building up some cardio and endurance (slowly, I promise).
For a fresh start on this cardio/endurance journey, I chose a cycle studio I'd never been to, but had wanting to try for a few months: Pure Indoor Cycling.
Pure Indoor Cycling is based in downtown San Diego and hosts rhythm classes and traditional cycle classes in a huge, brand new studio complete with LED lights and a bomb sound system.
Anyways, yesterday I headed to the 6:30 AM class to get my sweat session (aka - my "I'm going to die, but this is great" session that it ended up being) before work. I opted for a "Pure Power" class, which follows a more traditional cycling format - intervals, hills, sprints, you get the gist - versus their "Pure Rhythm" class, which includes dance-y moves and arm and ab exercises while you ride. While I dig this Soulcycle choreography at times, I wanted to start with something a little simpler while I worked on building up some endurance.
When I walked in, I was immediately astounded by how clean and pristine the studio was. Everything was PURE white. The check-in process was super simple, the bathrooms had showers and there was a row of lockers to store your bags. Best part: cycle shoes are included with your ride!! You submit your size online and they are placed in your bike number's cubby when you arrive. Wonderful.
As I mentioned, the class was hard. Like, really hard. I was audibly breathing and dripping in sweat. But, I was obsessed (funny how we like the hard things). The music was on point, my bike's mileage/watts/RPM tracking monitor was really helpful, the energy of the people riding next to me was unparalleled, the instructor had a great, energetic vibe...and most importantly, there was a competitor board (just for Pure Power). I hate that I'm so competitive sometimes, but in workout classes, it's totally motivating and pushes me to go harder. It's why I generally like group fitness classes better than working out alone.
So, Pure in a nutshell: great music, killer workout (I burned 500+ calories in 40 minutes), free clip-in shoes and so much fun.
I can't wait to go back - who is in?
BONUS: Your first class at Pure is free! Score.