Cycling for the soul.

Two weeks ago, I had my first taste of SoulCycle — and I fell in love.

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As far as my fitness history goes, it’s pretty nonexistent. As a kid, I was a soccer player, an ice skater, a gymnast and a volleyball player. I even had a very short stint as a golfer. But I never lasted more than a few years — or months — at each sport. I never understood how so many people could enjoy running miles each morning, regardless of the weather, or how they had the motivation to go to the gym to suffer through a series of burpees, planks and pushups. These types of exercises work for many people, but I’m not one of them.

Once I moved to D.C., determined to kick my laziness to the curb without having to buy a gym membership or run while it snowed, I started looking at alternatives — yoga, aerial yoga, barre, etc. I began taking barre classes, and I really enjoyed those — and I still do. At this point, I’m walking into my studio once a week.

But SoulCycle is a game changer.

I’m pretty sure it’s the first workout I’ve ever done that I actually found really enjoyable. The room is toasty warm and your legs do more rotations than you think humanly possible, but the mix of the loud music with the dimmed lights and candles makes for a really effective workout. Had I known the songs that played during those 45-minutes, I’m sure I would’ve entertained the other thirty riders with a karaoke session.

I think the ultimate reason why I really enjoyed SoulCycle was the fact that it isn’t just promoting an exercise — it’s promoting a mentality.

SoulCycle doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives. With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.

Workouts shouldn’t be mentally taxing. They should equal parts challenging and fun. The two instructors that I’ve had have been incredibly energetic and positive, and I think that’s the reason that SoulCycle resonates so much with me. I seek that out in my life — I’m always looking for people with really contagious and positive energy, and SoulCycle brings that out in people.

If you happen to live in a city where there’s a SoulCycle studio, I highly recommend you pay a visit.

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