The Official 30 Day Winter Challenge


30 Day Winter Fusion Challenge 2018

~’tis the season to kickstart a stronger, healthier mindbody~

Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Commit to doing (at least) 30 classes in 30 days.

What does that mean? It means that if, like the rest of us, you plan to party with friends and family this holiday season, take (at least) 30 classes in 30 days starting Thursday 1 November.

Here’s how it works: The Winter Challenge goes from Monday 5 November until Tuesday 4 December.  Your challenge is to do a minimum of 30 classes by midnight 4 December. You are to mix classes up to receive the best of the SOMA Fusion cross-training method.

If you are experienced, do the SOMA “Double Up”, which means back to back classes for optimal training.

The current record holder is Stephanie Hall with a whopping 70 classes in 30 days.  However, if your schedule does not allow this, then simply do 30 classes in 30 days.

How do I know how to train? Choose your main goal for one month. It doesn’t have to be about competing. Everyone can participate whether it’s about building more strength, achieving mindbody discipline, seeing if you can top your last record or simply having the commitment to de-stress and find calm for the winter season. It’s for all levels and all appetites.

Who’s keeping score? We have our SOMA Leaderboard which will track the number of classes we all take and update the results in real-time.

Get connected. Join on the sociable vibe and stay engaged with challenge posts, daily pics and inspiring quotes.  The Interactive Leaderboard will keep an eye out for all the latest and greatest posts. Just add #somahouse for it go live.

Remember the Winter Challenge 2018 isn’t about overworking and fighting your body, it’s about trying new things, re-focussing on your goals and discovering what your body is truly capable of and what makes you feel good.

I’m In – Sign Me Up!

Non-Members –  You will need our Clubhouse Monthly Unlimited ♛ membership to complete the challenge. Under 27? Click here ♛. It comes with 2 guest passes each month, so get your friends to come along with you!

 


The Winner of Le Tour de France Challenge 2018 ~ Jillian Frank

“Looking back on the challenge, the first few days were very clear and then it turns into a blur of rides, climbs and grit.” Read the story behind her journey of 771km to the top / by Jillian Frank

Accepting the challenge:
I decided to accept the challenge to push myself and to see if I could complete the 21 Tour stages in 23 days. I spoke with Asaf to set a distance goal and to keep myself motivated. Based on my prior performance we set a 500 kilometres goal.

I then told all of my friends and family that I was taking part in a Tour de France challenge – this was to make sure that I didn’t quit. Everyone needs motivation to keep going.

Preparing for the challenge:
I checked my calendar to see if there were any days that I would not be able to ride and started planning my rides around my work and personal schedule. There are 13 bikes in the room and I knew that I needed to reserve my rides in advance to ensure that I could do all 21 stages. I was ready to go and reach my goal!

The challenge:
Looking back on the challenge, the first few days were very clear and then it turns into a blur rides, climbs and grit.

The First week: It felt like my normal workout routine only with more cycling. There were several strong cyclists ahead of me and this was the outcome I was expecting. As the first week continued, I continued to ride each stage and do my best. By simply showing up everyday, I had rose to the the top five. Asaf mentioned that I could do a double session on the second Saturday of the challenge (about 60-65km). because I had missed one of the days in the week, I decided to go for it.

I believe this was the turning point in my journey.

The first double session was a weekend class, which meant that I would be on the bike for almost two hours. My husband supported me on the ride and told me I was crazy and he was proud of me. When I completed that Saturday morning ride, I knew I could do doubles during the week as well and exceed my original 500km mark.

The second week, I continued on my schedule, I didn’t take the two rest days and threw in an extra double or two. Barbara encouraged me to take an extra class or two pointing out that I might not be able to ride to the top of the leaderboard with one ride, but two rides would always produce a higher end result. This strategy put me in the lead position for the final week. I wanted to win and I had a network of people cheering me on; other club members and coaches, my family, friends and colleagues. They all knew that I was operating out of my comfort zone.

The final week I set an aggressive schedule. I was cycling everyday until the end and in order to win, I predicted I needed to do five doubles. I was simply trying to go to more rides than my competitors. The coaches gave me advice on how to have ‘rest days’ while still cycling 40 to 50k in a day. I cycled and cycled and cycled. On the final three days I could see the finish line and victory, I was happy and my legs had not given up on me.

There were lows on the journey; wondering if I maintain the schedule, an insatiable hunger, melt down Wednesday of the last week (I was ready to quit).

In the end, I won so much more than first place. I was stronger, more confident and I realised that going outside of my comfort zone only makes me stronger. People who had not spoken with me before wanted to know how I approach the Tour Challenge, others told me they were afraid of the cycling programme (SCC) in the club. This surprised me as I always felt welcome, even when I could not get my cycling shoes out of the clips for the first few weeks. I was a non-cyclist and now want to encourage everyone to come to class (read more reasons why here).

If you are afraid and want a cycling partner, I am in on most Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I’ll be on my favourite bike, number five.

Top 10 Leaderboard:


Gong Bath Meditation feat. Leo Cosendai

Gong Bath Meditation

~ Special Term Event ~

Friday 28 September, 19:30-21:00

Don’t miss our Autumn term Kick-off with London’s most sought after meditation and Gong Bath expert, Leo Cosendai.

Sound therapy has long been used to manage a broad range of health conditions. The treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.

Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing, allowing the brain to reach deep relaxation – specifically the delta and theta brain wave states, which are the slowest brain waves in humans. We tend to reach these states during daydreaming or deep sleep, and they are known to aid relaxation, creativity and natural healing.

It’s a special experience which should not be missed. The Hot Room will be transformed into an amazing Gong sanctuary. Members are encouraged to do the Elementals Water class beforehand and then slip into the deep relaxation and meditation.

About Leo. Leo Cosendai, is London’s foremost sound healer who is changing the way people interact with sound as well as how we all perceive music. His work in making meditation and sound baths accessible to all has gained him recognition as a leading voice in the wellness movement.

He has been featured widely in the press, appearing in The Guardian, The Telegraph, VICE, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Evening Standard to name but a few.

Leo’s early years were spent between Switzerland and Asia, where he was exposed to a culture which has discreetly shaped his path. Passionate about art, music, and therapy, he went on to study composition, singing, yoga+meditation around the world.

Leo has been helping thousands of people transform their life through a combination of sound, yogic mindfulness and breath work;  a behaviour changing formula which helped eradicate the acute anxiety he had suffered from since early childhood. He now spends most of his time sharing those very tools and techniques with groups, individuals and businesses.

He has been featured widely in the press, appearing in The Guardian, The Telegraph, VICE, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Evening Standard to name but a few.

Summer Cinema Festival

This summer we are taking you back to the great 80's.

Free and exclusively for SOMA House members and their friends.

Thursday, 9 August at 8pm, we are travelling back to 1986.

The year when Madonna got in trouble and ask her Papa not to Preach, and Europe began its Final Countdown. The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

Reserve a Bean Bag

Thursday, 9 August at 8pm, we are travelling back to 1989.

The year when Technotronic showed us the magic of the green screen and Pumped Up The Jam, and Cyndi Lauper finally got her driving license and Drove All Night. In this zany sequel, time-traveling duo Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) return from saving Marty’s future son from disaster, only to discover their own time transformed. In this nightmarish version of Hill Valley, Marty’s father has been murdered and Biff Tannen, Marty’s nemesis, has profited. After uncovering the secret to Biff’s success — a sports almanac from the future — Marty and the Doc embark on a quest to repair the space-time continuum.

Thursday, 2 August at 8pm, we are travelling back Back to the Future (1985).

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ time travel classic Back to the Future. In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

Thursday, 26 July at 8pm, we are travelling back to the summer of 1978.

Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of “Grease,” the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?

John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton–John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta’s naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a “who’s who” in this quintessential musical about the fabulous ’50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade – it’s an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock ‘n’ roll.

Thursday, 19 July at 8pm, we are travelling back to 1987.

The year when the Bangles showed us how to Walk Like an Egyptian and all Whitney Houston ever wanted was to Dance with Somebody (who loves her), Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.


Sound Healing x Yin Workshop

Time for Rejuvenation.

Sunday 29 July, 4:45pm

Elementals Sound Healing x Yin Workshop

Experience an intense rejuvenation practice as Hassan leads you through a special Elementals Space yin practice while listening to live sound vibrations from crystal bowl therapy. Shown to balance and de-stress the mind, body and soul.

He will be joined by Selda Soul who specialises in crystal bowl sound therapy, meditation and light therapy.

WHAT ARE CRYSTALS?

Crystals are fossilised water, formed when water combines with an element under certain conditions of pressure, temperature and energy. Silica sand, combined with water becomes quartz crystal. Quartz crystals have many physical properties. They amplify, transform, store, focus, and transfer energy.
Our bodies, too, are crystalline in structure. When working with crystals, there may be profound effects on the organs, tissues, and cells, as well as the circulatory, endocrine, and metabolic systems.

WHAT ARE ALCHEMY CRYSTAL BOWLS?

The Alchemy crystal singing bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees F in a centrifugal mold. They are then infused with gemstones and precious metals, creating the ‘alchemy’. Each bowl has a variety of effects; clearing, activating, restructuring, rebalancing and healing.

Alchemy bowls emit a pure, cosmic sound that expands into a multitude of vibrant overtones. Through sound, vibration and intent they assist in clearing blockages, rewiring brain chemistry, activating chakras and elevating our state of consciousness to ever more refined levels.


Meet SOMA Coach - Dr. Vanessa Michielon

Curious what yoga poses even your yoga teacher has difficulty with? Read on.

Many of you love Vanessa’s classes and her precise attention to detail as well as her always impressive postures which make even the hardest ones look easy. You may not know that she also holds a PhD where she defined a new paradigm called “performative museum”, looking at how adopting Natural User Interfaces in Museum exhibitions is shaping the way we learn as physically engaged visitors.

We took some time out and sat down with her to learn more about how she got into yoga, her pet peeves when it comes to teaching and what postures even she needs to overcome.

How did you start yoga?

I came to Yoga through Contemporary Dance and Somatic Practices, as 10 years ago I was lucky enough to train with teachers, who would naturally integrate Asanas and Mindfulness in their classes and workshops. Still today, I experience Yoga and Dance as deeply connected, and the mat often feels like a restriction to me.

What does yoga mean to you?

Yoga is for me a practice to achieve enhanced physical and mental clarity, and a body of knowledge to understand myself on many different levels. What probably attracts me the most, is that really there is so much to learn and to relate to.

What is your favourite Element to teach and why?

Fire, I love moving around in space and practice partner work.

What is your most challenging yoga pose and why?

I am personally focusing on winning my fear of inversions at the moment, so I am enjoying practicing Pincha Mayurasana and transitioning smoothly in other poses.

Teacher pet peeve?

I tend to be very understanding in general, but I can’t tolerate if someone is rude to other students.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Coffee, no matter what science says about it, I will not give up my Espresso.

If you could only give yoga students one tip, what would it be?

If I have to choose one, I would borrow Bernie Clark’s words: don’t use your body to get into the pose, but use the pose to get into your body. So, look at poses as tools, not end goals, and you will let go of a good amount of useless self-judgment and pressure, and discover something much more precious.

What is your dance background?

I started dancing at the age of 4 and never stopped, shifting more and more from Ballet to Contemporary Dance and Somatic Practices about 8 years ago. In 2014 I moved to UK to attend a Master in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where I toured with Transitions Dance Company, and later I started freelancing, especially in durational performances in museums and galleries, and creating works with smaller independent companies. As a natural consequence of my studies, in the past 10 years I have been focusing a lot on the integration of Digital Technologies and Dance, both as a performer and as a researcher.

What were you doing before becoming a teacher?

Before moving to UK, I used to work in University on various projects, and thanks to this very flexible job, I would have enough time to dance and teach as well on the side. Commuting time was not as in London: I would move from the barre to my desk in 10 minutes!

Official Le Tour de France 2018 Challenge


Welcome to the 1st Edition of the Official Tour de SOMA Challenge!

Saturday 7 July – Sunday 29 July

The Challenge has 21 stages (21 rides) that match this year’s official 21 stages with LIVE coverage of Tour de France.


Discover

STAGES

STAGE 1 ENDURANCE | Flat Saturday, July 7 Noirmoutier-en-l'Île / Fontenay-le-Comte 29km
STAGE 2 ENDURANCE | Flat Sunday, July 8 Mouilleron-Saint-Germain / La Roche-sur-Yon 32km
STAGE 3 RACE DAY | Team Time-Trial Monday, July 9 Cholet / Cholet 35.5km
STAGE 4 INTERVALS | Flat Tuesday, July 10 La Baule / Sarzeau 25km
STAGE 5 STRENGTH | Hilly Wednesday, July 11 Lorient / Quimper 18km
STAGE 6 STRENGTH | Hilly Thursday, July 12 Brest / Mûr de Bretagne Guerlédan 21km
STAGE 7 INTERVALS | Flat Friday, July 13 Fougères / Chartres 24km
STAGE 8 INTERVALS | Flat Saturday, July 14 Dreux / Amiens Métropole 26km
STAGE 9 STRENGTH | Hilly Sunday, July 15 Arras Citadelle / Roubaix 19km
- Rest Day Monday, July 16 Annecy 0km
STAGE 10 RACE DAY | Mountain Tuesday, July 17 Annecy / Le Grand-Bornand 20km
STAGE 11 RACE DAY | Mountain Wednesday, July 18 Albertville / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo 21km
STAGE 12 STRENGTH | Mountain Thursday, July 19 Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs / Alpe d'Huez 17km
STAGE 13 INTERVALS | Flat Friday, July 20 Bourg d'Oisans / Valence 22km
STAGE 14 STRENGTH | Hilly Saturday, July 21 Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux / Mende 18km
STAGE 15 STRENGTH | Hilly Sunday, July 22 Millau / Carcassonne 19km
- Rest Day Monday, July 23 Carcassonne REST 2 0km
STAGE 16 RACE DAY | Mountain Tuesday, July 24 Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon 23km
STAGE 17 RACE DAY | Mountain Wednesday, July 25 Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan 23km
STAGE 18 ENDURANCE | Flat Thursday, July 26 Trie-sur-Baïse / Pau 28km
STAGE 19 RACE DAY | Mountain Friday, July 27 Lourdes / Laruns 26km
STAGE 20 RACE DAY | Individual time-trial Saturday, July 28 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle / Espelette 30km
STAGE 21 INTERVALS | Flat Sunday, July 29 Houilles / Paris Champs-Élysées 27km

Clubhouse total distance to cover:

3,351


What’s my Challenge?

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to complete 21 rides in 21 days for the length of the Tour de France 2018. Each ride designed to match the daily stage of the Tour so when they climb, we climb.

The Goal: Ride to the top of the Tour Distance Leaderboard. Our bikes innovative technology replicates the resistance and sensation of riding on the road, delivering the most authentic ride feel available. So the more stages you complete, the more distance you cover. But, if you’ve been on a real bike before, you probably know the bigger the gear, the more energy you need to expend, means the longer the distance you ride during each of the 21 stages as well.

Beginners to Pro. Open to all levels so don’t be shy to join! Coaches will give each rider individual goals to achieve over the 3 weeks based on your actual output numbers for each class.

So first, complete the 21 official stages, which we can all do! Then reaching your personal goals and finally, for those cycle enthusiasts, race to the top of the leaderboard.

Our Tour Distance Leaderboard will track who completes the most distance over the 23 days of the Tour Challenge.

How do I join the Challenge?

  • Clubhouse Unlimited ♛ Members. Go to Your Account > click Challenges > Invites > Join. Then reserve a bike in each stage. From your account dashboard you can track your progress and ranking, invite friends, update your picture and view the Tour Challenge Leaderboard.
  • Not a SOMA House Member? No problem! Get the three week Le Tour de SOMA Cycle Pass (£149). The 21 rides come to as little as £7/ride.
  • Upgrade to the Clubhouse Unlimited ♛ Membership. We recommend fusion training in hot yoga, barre and Sparta strength training while here to make you stronger on the bike and keep you flexible. For only another £30 you gain full membership privileges and do all classes.
  • Under 27? You can also do the Tour Challenge on our Special Under 27 Clubhouse Membership (£129/month).  This way you can do all classes and keep going or deactivate after the challenge.

During our recent Official 30-Day Spring Challenge, members completed up to 70 classes (!) in 30 days. That’s as little as £1.70/class.

How do you keep track of the each rider’s distance?

By measuring over 40 different parameters in real-time, we are able to deliver personalised ride sessions based around training zones for individual riders. Effectively, levelling the class ability so everyone can follow the each stage at the right intensity for their cycling ability. At the end of each ride, our smart 55 inch Clubhouse Leaderboard screen will email you your personal ride results, and will update your Tour Challenge distance in real-time.

Leaderboard

Also…

  • The 21 stages are followed in chart form (samples below)
  • Weekdays stages are 45min and weekend stages are 55min
  • During the week, you will have three opportunities a day to complete each stage: At 7am, 12pm and 6.15pm
  • You can complete a stage twice a day and the extra distance will be added to your Clubhouse account
  • To track your cardiovascular performance with a heart rate monitor during each stage, simply link your HR monitor to your Clubhouse account >
  • At the end of each ride, your results will be emailed to you for personal tracking
  • There will be plenty of treats throughout the Challenge
  • The Tour de France 2018 will be broadcast live on the big screen on the Cocktails Terrace

You can also link your smartphone to the bike and watch all your data in real-time and save it for review later on. Simply download the Wattbike Hub from the app store for your device.


Join Challenge

You can also gift the Challenge to a loved one.

Le Tour Gift Card


New Clubhouse Annual Memberships  ♛ 

“Without Commitment Nothing Happens.” / T.D. Jakes

Get Your Clubhouse Annual Unlimited ♛

From £119/month

Pay Once and You’re Done. Members asked for a one-off annual membership so they could focus on yearly training rather than thinking about monthly payments.

So, we responded.

Here’s your chance to train from less than £10/class if you train at least 3x a week.

How often do your members train? Our members take at least 3 classes/week, that’s £9.22/class. Some even take 3 classes/day. During our recent Official 30-Day Spring Challenge, members completed up to 70 classes (!) in 30 days. That’s as little as £1.70/class.

What does my Annual Clubhouse Unlimited ♛ membership include? Most important for us is that SOMA House feels like coming home. It’s a place for you to relax, train among friends and enjoy just hanging out. We are so much more than a gym or a regular studio, we’re a clubhouse for passionate like-minded individuals that turns fitness and mindbody training into a community effort.

So to make you feel at home, here’s  your Annual Clubhouse Unlimited ♛ Benefits:

  • Complimentary selection of Nespresso coffee
  • Two complimentary Guest Passes every month
  • Complimentary CoachBar™ consult, including Body Composition Scan and Biomechanical Analysis
  • Award-winning, made in England skincare products from Cowshed
  • Complimentary luxury Egyptian cotton towels and yoga mats for you and your guests
  • CaféBar discounts on SuperFood Shakes and House Cocktails
  • Plenty of hairdryers and straighteners to complete your rejuvenation
  • Smart lockers (Private locker option available)
  • Freeze membership option twice a year

Looking to switch to an Annual Clubhouse Membership ♛? whether you’re on a monthly membership, intro offer or even Class Pack from a different gym or a studio, we can help you switch. Simply click below.


30-Day Spring Challenge 2018: THE RESULTS

~OFFICIAL RESULTS~

First published: 18 April 2018  Last updated: 1 June 2018

Are you ready to kickstart a stronger, healthier body? Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Commit to doing 30 classes in 30 days.

What does that mean? It means that if you’ve been hibernating like a grumpy old grizzly bear all winter and you’re ready to claim yourself back. Starting Monday 23 April, do (at least!) 30 classes in 30 days.

Here’s how it works: The Spring Challenge goes from Monday 23 April – Wednesday 23 May. Your challenge is to do a minimum of 30 classes by 23 May. Ideally, you would do at least one class every day for 30 days. However, if your schedule does not allow this, then simply do 30 classes in 30 days.

How do I join it?

  • Unlimited Members. Simply click below to login, and select the Challenges tab to join. From your account dashboard you’ll be able to track your progress and ranking, invite friends, update your picture and view the Challenge Leaderboard.
  • Soon-to-be Members. Not an unlimited member yet? You can still join us by clicking here. Get your unlimited £179 membership and do your 30 classes in 30 days (which really means £6/class!), then if you love the new you just keep going or finish your membership after that.

Who’s keeping score? Our brand new, state-of-the-art Interactive Leaderboard will keep track on the number of classes each member takes, and will update the results in real-time.

Get connected. Join on the sociable vibe and stay engaged with challenge posts, daily pics and inspiring quotes.  The Interactive Leaderboard will keep an eye out for all the latest and greatest posts (make sure you tag #somachallenge and/or #somahouse for it go live).

Remember the Spring Challenge 2018 isn’t about overworking and fighting your body, it’s about trying new things, re-focussing on your goals and discovering what your body is truly capable of and what makes you feel good.

WELL DONE EVERYONE!