The Secret of SoulCycle: Good For Mind & Body

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the past couple of years, you’ve likely heard of the fitness phenomenon that is SoulCycle. There is nothing quite like the warm, dark, beat blasting cocoon of a SoulCycle class. It has created an almost cult like following and is a favorite among celebrities like Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss and Oprah. Soul’s mission is to empower and motivate, leaving you stronger physically and mentally after each class.

I took my first class exactly a year ago, “drank the Kool-Aid” and have never looked back. While the cost per class, $30 plus shoe rental of $3 (San Francisco rates) can be an investment, it is an occasional treat that is good for my body and soul. The loud music, energetic instructors, hill and sprint intervals plus weight training creates buckets of sweat. I have been to a few spin classes at my gym but this was unlike anything I’ve experienced. The dark room and motivational wall makes this a no judgment zone. The instructor and closeness of other riders creates a pack or tribe like atmosphere. I love looking at myself in the mirror during class, there’s nothing better then seeing every rider bouncing up and down to the beat.

Boyfriends and husbands take note, SoulCycle gift cards are definitely better than flowers. Flowers die, the effects of Soul will last forever, or at least until our next class.

SoulCycle is my favorite happy hour date with girlfriends, the best way to start the week, or a perfect Friday night wind down into the weekend. Keep an eye out for themed rides, I recently went to a Taylor Swift ride and it was one of my favorites so far. With studios popping up all over and four in the Bay Area it’s easier then ever to get in on the fun. I’ve found my Soul, what’s stopping you from finding yours?

Here are some helpful things to know before your first class:

Clip-in shoes are mandatory, bikes accept SPD or Look Delta clips, hydrate, eat a light snack 30-60 minutes before and wear close-fitting crops or shorts. I recommend getting there 10-15 minutes before class and don’t be afraid to ask for help setting up your bike; it makes a world of difference. New riders, call the studio before booking your first class, they almost always have new rider special. Most of all have fun, let loose and dance your booty off.


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The Secret of SoulCycle: Good For Mind & Body

By Bri Coons, BurnThis Ambassador & Fitness Blogger at