SoloCicla with Lara

At a Glance:

Website: http://solocicla.com
Address: 3341 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Length: 45 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$24, 10 classes/$210, month unlimited/$300
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: medium

This studio opened about a month and a half ago and I’ve wanted to check it out ever since I heard that parking is free and plentiful and they have free shoes to borrow. All of my favorite things J

Pre Sweat

The parking is across Ventura in the Panasonic lot—grab a ticket but make sure to get the validation sticker before you leave the studio. I headed in, got some shoes, and put my stuff in a locker. I was very impressed by the main area—so spacious with an urban vibe. It’s really a gorgeous space! There’s a fancy water fill up station and towels inside the studio. Lara helped me set up my bike before we got started.

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Sweat

Since they’re still pretty new, there were only two students in the class. The microphone was also missing batteries and we couldn’t figure out how to keep the tech pack light on so we spent the first half riding with the light on until Lara decided to ditch the tech stuff and turn off the lights. Each bike is equipped with a little pack that shows resistance, speed, power, and time (this part was a little distracting).

Throughout the ride we climbed steep hills, sprinted, jumped, and did a lot of intervals. We spent most of the time in the saddle but had a few opportunities to ride in second and third positions. Although there were no weights included in the ride, we did a song with slow push-ups on the handles to work our upper body. Lara’s music of choice was techno–I’ve found that rap music makes me push hardest but everyone has a different preference! I’m definitely excited to check out some of the other instructors.

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Post Sweat

If you’re heading out after class, the studio currently has one shower but is in the process of expanding to have more. If you’re heading out with friends, the trendy Mercado is only a few blocks away. They have a great jalapeño margarita. If you’re on the way to work, there’s a Starbucks 0.2 mile away.

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Tricks of the Trade

  • Lara mentioned that they are soon going to provide heart rate info so you can track your rides, similar to Orangetheory!
  • I’ve taken Elady’s class at Bespoke downtown and LOVED her music. She teaches at SoloCicla pretty often so I would recommend checking her out!
  • Elady has also started including weights in her classes and the other instructors will be following suit soon.
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