My friend took me to my first soulcycle class this past Friday w/ Danny. After reading everyone's ridiculously positive reviews, I figured it would be an awesome class. What was awesome, was what I will call, Danny's Dance/ performance on/ off the bike, what I didn't feel like was awesome was my workout/ soul experience.
On Danny, he has a ton of energy and literally had an entire what seemed quasi choreographed bike routine which included perching on the handle bars of the bike like a gargoyle which was both distracting and fascinating, I kept watching him to see what dance move he would do next. However, since he wasn't really riding on the bike, I didn't get a great idea of what he wanted us to do. I spent my time looking at the riders in front of me if I couldn't hear what Danny had said. The reliance on the riders in front of me finally drove home the "importance of the front row" mentality I had heard about at soul.
On the ride, it was 90% out of the saddle at what I would consider low resistance even though I turned up my resistance the recommend amount and more at times. I don't have knee problems but at some points was worried about my knees given how quickly we were running in second with no resistance.
General points, Danny played Ashley Simpson, which kind of made my heart sing with joy as I have a guilty pleasure obsession with her old stuff, she was so much better then Jessica. It was my first time at soul and no one came by my bike to help me set up, ask if I was new etc. Danny gave NO intro at all, just kind of start the class which was weird to me. The room was hot and I am pretty sure thats the only reason I was sweating.
To sum up, if I was rating Danny's performance art, it would be higher but, ultimately I didn't feel like I got a workout which makes me sad when I am paying $30 dollars for a workout.