I test the Pixel Watch 2 and Fitbit Charge 6 at a spin class


At the moment that I’m writing this, it is the first day of February. “What’s so special about that?” you say. Well, it’s not that it’s Black History Month, though, that is important. It isn’t that it’s American Heart Month, National Cancer Prevention Month, National Self-Check Month, National Wedding Month, National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month, Canned Food Month, or National Pet Dental Health Month.

Nay, my friends! It is the time of the year when many of you have already given up on that New Year’s resolution, which quite often involves “getting in shape.” Round is a shape, right? 

For those of you still at it, first of all, you’re doing awesome! Just showing up is half the battle. Fitbit, along with SoulCycle, wants to help keep people motivated year-round, so they teamed up to offer a special promotion toward the end of January, which extended into the first week of February. You can win a free class and chances to win (or get a $50 discount on) one of the best smartwatches on the market, the Pixel Watch 2, and one of the best trackers, the Fitbit Charge 6.

Tshaka tested both wearables at a SoulCycle class

(Image credit: Tshaka Armstrong)

So, I was commissioned to put the Fitbit Charge 6 and Pixel Watch 2 to the test and see how they handled the sudden changes in heart rate in a high-energy, frenetic spin class. That was the point of this whole thing initially, but what I found was something much more important!

For me, these types of classes always looked silly in those commercials online and on TV. People darn near jumping around in that stationary bike saddle like it’s rodeo aerobics on a steel horse, more so than any “hardcore” cycling! But what I found was that it’s kind of both. Yes, you bop around, up and down, but damn, do you pedal your fat away, and the group dynamic makes it all the more fun. You truly put Einstein’s Theory of Relativity into practice because that 52 minutes goes by in a heartbeat! Very rapid heartbeats.

Tshaka experiences the Fitbit x SoulCycle partnership

(Image credit: Tshaka Armstrong)

When you first walk into SoulCycle, you’re greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable desk staff. They walk you through the facility amenities (it’s quite nice), showing you the locker area, the well-appointed men’s room, complete with showers, and finally, the studio. The Brentwood location isn’t huge. I have an LA Fitness membership, and their signature club spin rooms are larger. SoulCycle’s was “intimate” by comparison, but that may be by design. I think that, ultimately, it fosters an intimate group ride experience.





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