I’m sure many of you have heard of SoulCycle once or twice in passing. If you’re not familiar, however, SoulCycle is a 45 minute indoor cycling class. In my early high school years, I had always heard great things about SoulCycle but was hesitant to try it because of the relatively high prices. I continued going to the gym and kept up the same routine. However, I got bored easily and fell into a slump. In the summer of 2015, I finally caved and tried my first SoulCycle class. I remember loving it, which pissed me off to no end because I promised myself I wouldn’t spend my money on spin classes.
In my attempts to convince myself that SoulCycle wasn’t worth it, I continued my gym membership for a couple more months. However, I fell out of my routine yet again and longed for a change. In the winter of 2015, I went back to SoulCycle and have been riding ever since.
Whenever I talk about SoulCycle with others, my passion for riding takes over and I get emotional. Although it sounds cheesy, SoulCycle has truly become a therapeutic outlet for me in so many ways. When I first started riding, I simply thought of SoulCycle as a workout class. Oh, how wrong I was. Once I allowed my instructors to guide me and I connected with the lyrics of the songs played, I became connected to SoulCycle on a level deeper than just a workout class.
Every time I walk into the dark, candlelit studio, I instantly feel positivity and love surrounding me. I know, I probably sound crazy to many of you, but it’s true. I crave the high (sober high, duh) that I get from spinning on that bike. I sprint and lose my breath to experience this high. My instructor always says, “You’re on a machine that does not move, yet you are going so many places in these 45 minutes.” When I ride, nothing else matters in that moment. All of my troubles that keep me tossing and turning at night finally silence. For 45 minutes, I make a conscious effort to live in the moment. I ride for a better me, for happiness, for a stronger body and mind.
When I go through tough times, I immediately go to SoulCycle. I go to SoulCycle because in that room, I can pour sweat, cry hysterically, laugh, or scream without any judgment. It’s really crazy. The decision to sign up for these spin classes has had such a positive impact on my life. Listening, and I mean truly listening, to the advice of Soul’s instructors is crucial. I’ve focused my mindset towards growth and self-love. On my saddest days, my instructor’s love, kind words, and support made me radiate positivity and leave feeling unbreakable.
Before I started riding, I expected nothing more than a good workout. Little did I know that SoulCycle is so much more than that. It builds a community of caring and supportive people. Personally, investing my money in something that makes me feel empowered, loved, and inspired is priceless. Thanks, Soul.