While living in Atlanta, I often read about SoulCycle in magazines. Fitness Magazine gave the workout their stamp of approval and Us Weekly Magazine said all the cool kids were doing it these days. I knew that if I ever made my way back to New York City to visit that I would need to experience this magical place.
Skip to a month later and I was rocking a bright yellow staff shirt as I helped SoulCycle open their first Connecticut location in Greenwich. I was instantly charmed with SoulCycle as a company (Check out this cool diagram of the history of their first 25 studios!), my new co-workers who quickly became great friends, the riders’ smiles I’d see on a daily basis, and with the overall uplifting energy of the studios. But SoulCycle isn’t just a great place to work and sweat, it’s also a life saver.
This last year has been a roller coaster – that’s for sure! Whether it’s celebrating my highs (such as the completion of my first full marathon) or consoling me during my lows (such as the passing of my dad after his long-term battle with cancer), SoulCycle – both the people and the unique workout experience – have been there for me. I remember my first ride after my dad passed away – it was a staff only ride taught by Conor. It was the first time I ever cried in class, but it wouldn’t be the last. On the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, I’ve also never smiled as hard as I have riding beside my friends during themed rides and birthday rides. During my friend’s going away ride before her move to California, I was literally going back and forth between smiling ear-to-ear and crying! And you know what? Those types of emotional moments are okay at Soul, and they’re actually fairly common. Everyone is going through stuff – both good and bad. At SoulCycle, we don’t just ride as a pack inside the studio, but we live as one outside the studio too. It’s a community of support, happiness, and some kick ass music. As I finish up with 2013, easily the hardest year of my life, I know I wouldn’t be as strong (mentally and physically) as I am without SoulCycle.
I no longer work at Soul, but I’m still a part of the family. Some of the people I worked alongside will be my friends forever. In addition, I still jump on a bike to let off steam, escape the world, clear my head, or just to have a good sweat sesh to some fun music. I don’t know where I’m headed on this life journey or if I’ll ever rock the SoulCycle staff shirt again (never say never!), but I do know that SoulCycle has made it’s mark on my life in a positive way which I will never forget. For that, I am eternally grateful.