No, it’s not paying too much for a green juice, although my bougie self does indeed love that. My new favorite post-SoulCycle activity is actually a nice, long stretch session.
I think I’ve skipped the post-class stretch approximately once, and I definitely felt the difference the next day. Stretching after a workout has tons of great benefits, including relieving muscle tension. And if you’re a spin devotee like me, you know that repeatedly riding a bike to nowhere can leave you feeling a little, well, stiff.
That’s why I like to cross-train with yoga, but this week, I decided to take on a new challenge and participate in SoulCycle’s “Warrior Week,” aka taking four classes in one week. I’d already signed up for two killer theme rides, so I figured, what’s two more rides on top of that? (Literally killer theme rides though. Tonight’s theme is The Killers and I am SO EXCITED.)
Anyway, all that SoulCycle has definitely made me feel a little bit like the Tin Man, pre-oil can. I don’t know how instructors do it. Actually, I know how one of them does it, because SoulCycle Senior Instructor Charlee Atkins shared a 25-minute stretching routine specifically for indoor cyclists. And let me tell you, coming home after an evening class (shout out to Wednesday’s live DJ ride at Old Town) and doing this routine feels. so. good.
It also doesn’t hurt that Charlee’s voice is super calming:
Charlee’s website, Le Stretch, has a few more stretching videos online. Or, if you are in New York City, you can take a Le Stretch class live and in-person.
Of course, you’re going to want to look cute while you’re getting all bendy, and I’m a sucker for a new pair of leggings. Here are some of my recent athleisure fashion faves (and bonus: they’re all part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Yes, that was a super shameless plug):
What’s your favorite thing to do right after a tough workout?