There is no point in denying it. If you follow me on Snapchat (gracieparish) or instagram (@gracieparish), you know obsessed is probably an under statement when it comes to my love for SoulCycle. Every single time I attend a class, I become even more addicted to the hymn of the bike, the energy in the room, the beat of the music, and while all this may sound cliche-it is no joke.
Recently I have been traveling a ton and have been in either New York or LA for the past two weeks-two huge hubs for SoulCycle. Beginning in New York-I went to SoulCycle every day and adore each and every class I took. The first day, I took from Olivia A. at the East 63rd street studio: the class was rather empty due to it being an early Saturday morning but I adored Olivia‘s music and thought she did an amazing job keeping the energy up even though not many people were in the class. The following day I took from Paige at the East 54th Street studio: In Paige‘s free time, she is writing pop music and is a professionally trained singer and dancer-which is definitely apparent in her ride. Paige‘s ride was so much fun as she was so motivating, telling us all to push our limits and to ‘find our strong’; she did some super fun and unique ‘dance’ moves to really employ our entire bodies in the workout; and her energy and music was amazing, to no surprise. Finally, we then took from Akin. Before coming to New York, I knew I wanted to try Akin‘s class because he waitlists every class he teaches within minutes-I had to experience his class for myself to figure out what the hype was for & OMG he did not disappoint. During Akin‘s class I did moves I had never done before such as dabbing, or as Kelly Ripa likes to say Akin does ‘boxing on a bike’-it’s for real no joke but it’s so much fun and such a great workout. Akin‘s front row is filled with very experienced riders who clearly follow him religiously, but he also does a great job of pushing everyone and catering to all fitness levels.
SoulCycle is so much more than a workout-it is an experience; a journey; and honestly it is indescribable. After your first class, you may not feel quite as passionately as I do-however I promise with time, you will. Through SoulCycle, people find themselves; they find happiness; they bond with other rides; they grow as athletes; the effect is different on everyone but in the end, SoulCycle will completely transform you. Before you think I am crazy-I promise I am not alone! On SoulCycle’s blog, there is an entire section devoted to the ways in which SoulCycle has changed the lives of others. All coming from diverse backgrounds, ages, interests, and fitness levels, I love to read each person’s individual stories and how it has impacted their lives specifically.
Along with the individual impacts SoulCycle has on each person, one of my favorite parts of SoulCycle is the sense of community. This sense of community is truly what I believe is the #1 thing making SoulCycle different than any other workout I have ever done. In a SoulCycle class, you are not only giving 45 minutes to yourself but you are giving 45 minutes to every other person in that room. Unlike many other workouts where everyone is concerned about their RPM’s, Watts, or caloric burn-in SoulCycle it is all about riding to the beat and each and every person rides to the same beat together. Part of the ‘Soul etiquette’ is to not ride in the front row if you want to do ‘you own workout’-if you decide to go uphill while everyone else is sprinting down, it throws the rhythm and the sense of community is lost. When everyone is on the same beat, fighting up the same hill, the feeling is magical.
While some may say Soul seems exclusive or they are too intimidated to try Soul, the feeling you get while in the studio could not be more welcoming and inclusive because of the community. Everyone is on the same journey and no matter how far along you are, every single person in that room is riding together, getting stronger with each peddle stroke. Additionally, at the beginning of every SoulCycle class the instructor always asks if it is anyone’s first class and almost every class I have been in, someone raises their hand. New riders are always welcome and the desk consultants are more than happy to help you set up your bike, answer questions, and help you in anyway possible.
So, with that all being said…I highly recommend you try SoulCycle ASAP ! Check out the website, find an instructor you relate to by looking at their playlists, some of the questions, and book that bike. Trust me, you won’t regret it!