Why I Love SoulCycle
Why I Love SoulCycle
There are so many reasons why I love SoulCycle, but my first experience was definitely the most memorable. I’m not sure how I heard about SoulCycle, but if we’re being honest it was probably on some entertainment "news" segment that was divulging the latest celebrity fitness craze. Finding myself alone in New York City, steadily racking up pounds while studying at NYU, I decided to choose a little Soul over wine one night and, in one forty five minute super sweaty class, the way I looked at stationary biking had changed forever.
SoulCycle, the brainchild of Elizabeth Cutler and Judy Rice, was created to help bring some fun and inspiration back to tired fitness routines. These busy New Yorkers wanted a workout that would not only benefit the body but that also included a boost for the mind. Their answer was SoulCycle, essentially stationary biking or what the world has come to know as ‘spinning’ or ‘spin’ but with an inspirational twist.
Walking into the airy, bright SoulCycle studio just off Union Square, I instantly felt a sense of relief courtesy of the delicious citrus scent that was floating in the air, a welcome lift from the smell of hot garbage from which I had just escaped. The front desk staff was welcoming and offered to set me up on one of their custom yellow bikes.
When the door to the classroom opened, it was like nothing I had seen before. A long, dark room lit only by candles was set up stadium style so every row had a view of the teacher. Riders faced a mirror and behind was a large picture of an open road that filled the wall.
Once the door was sealed shut, the bass began to pump and the teacher took her stage, I knew I was in for a serious workout. The music is loud but the teachers are even louder.
SoulCycle is not like any other spin class you’ll take. Rather than a series of hills and sprints, the whole thing is basically a dance. A dance on your bike. You pop up and down pushing your body to levels you can’t even imagine you can go, all to the beat and at an alarmingly quick pace.
Though I wouldn’t claim to be the most rhythmic of people, the one-two beat is easy enough to follow. The teacher yells out commands all while giving you inspirational words of wisdom that in most other situations would seem hokey, but are a welcome motivation when you feel like you just can’t push your weighted wheel one more turn. To wrap things up, the group is encouraged to move together so as a pack you’re going to cross the finish line together.
I left my first SoulCycle class drenched with sweat but somehow pumped enough to want to sign up for another one. The magic of this workout is that every detail has been considered. When the door is shut and the lights are dimmed, the mood is set. You’re going there to work, no interruptions, no excuses.