SoulCycle

SoulCycle has 12 locations on the east coast alone.
courtesy of soul-cycle.com

SoulCycle has 12 locations on the east coast alone. courtesy of soul-cycle.com

“Take your journey. Change your body. Find your soul.”
It is easy to guess from SoulCycle’s motto what the new angle on exercise is. Forty five minutes of intense cardio, core, and weights is not the only reason SoulCycle is becoming the hot new trend; an emphasis on a healthy mind and soul is attracting mobs of people, from celebrities to Olympic cyclists.

SoulCycle has 12 locations on the east coast alone. courtesy of soul-cycle.com
SoulCycle has 12 locations on the east coast alone.
courtesy of soul-cycle.com

Indoor cycling has always been moderately popular for a challenging full-body workout, but SoulCycle is rapidly gaining a cult-like following, with the focus on not solely burnt calories, but also a changed mind. A typical 45-minute class consists of dimmed lights, high-energy music, and a coach with a strategy similar to that of a crew coxswain to inspire riders to push themselves to their max.
“What makes the SoulCycle experience so unique and addicting is the mental component. I leave each class feeling totally at peace and energized, despite the grueling workout I just went through,” Convent of the Sacred Heart sophomore Katie Hill said.
The intense cardio workout also targets core and upper body strength, and hand-weights and push-ups on the bike should be expected. Instructors are placed in the front of the room to guide the class through the “hills” and different upper-body-focusing exercises preformed on the bike throughout the class.
“It’s an incredible workout. I never sweat more than I do when I am at SoulCycle,” senior Meggie Purcell said.
Some criticize the financial burden SoulCycle places on the riders. Each class comes up to a whopping $39. However, others manage to rationalize the expense.
“I think it’s worth every penny,” senior Jackie Batrus said. “The feeling I get after walking out of SoulCycle is unparalleled to any shopping spree or fancy dinner.”
 
– Maddie Pillari, News Editor