San Diego Fitness, Part 3: SparkCycle
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.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I ventured to Pure Indoor Cycling to finally start tackling cardio after noticing how out of shape (well, for high-impact exercise) I was while hiking during a camping trip. After my successful stint at Pure, I ventured out to Sparkcycle, another local spin studio.
I had been to Sparkcycle about a year before when I was a Classpass member, but similar to F45, I was a bit lazy about driving to downtown La Jolla at the crack of dawn - only to turn around the opposite direction to go to work. But, when a new Sparkcycle studio opened up in Liberty Station right by my apartment, I was thrilled.
So, a few weeks ago, I headed returned to Sparkcycle and drove to Liberty Station for a 7 AM class. Forty-five minutes later, I felt like a new (albeit, sweaty) person...and think I fell in love with something as much as running (well, close).
While I'm not usually a huge fan of "dance-y" spin classes (with the exception of SoulCycle...there's something magical there, I swear), I was quickly obsessed with the dance choreography of Sparkcycle that was set to high-energy trap and EDM music and thrown in between more traditional hill work, intervals and sprints. It was the perfect mix of a dance party and a "traditional" spin class (with a badass instructor guiding you throughout).
Don't get me wrong though - despite the fun dance aspect, the class kicked my ass. I was audibly breathing, dripping in sweats and my legs ached (I was sore for a few days...). But, this total killer of a workout reminded me of running for the first time - the sweat, the breathing, the heart pounding, the music in my ears, the struggle and the success.
I was hooked...and keep going back.
Besides a killer workout that has reminded me of running, here's some of my other favorite parts of the studio:
- Cold eucalyptus towels passed around at the end of class.
- Free cycle shoes!
- An extremely clean studio that reminds me of a spa!
- Showers and all the fixin's (razors, lotion, rubberbands, etc.)
- Ability to reserve your seat (I prefer to sit in the back so no one follows my inevitably off-beat dance moves).
So, Sparkcycle in a nutshell: amazing music, killer workout (I burned 500+ calories in 45 minutes), free clip-in shoes, instructors who make you feel like a badass and a studio that makes you feel like you're in a spa.
I just bought another membership package - who is in to #sparkitup with me?