Growing up, I was never a huge fan of exercise. My mom would always have to really push me before I would willing to run a lap around the neighborhood or hop on the stationary bike. I never found joy in exercising but I did know that exercising was healthy.
This semester of college, I discovered my love for soul cycle. My friend during fall break introduced it to me and it has changed my life. Unlike regular gyms, it offers flexibility. It doesn’t require you to buy a membership and you can either pay by class or buy a 3 class pass for a discount.
In addition, it doesn’t have the judgement like regular gyms do. The soul cycle studio has very dim lights and a spotlight on the instructor. This means that it is harder for you to watch other people. This means that you can go at your own pace and set the resistance of your bike to your level. It makes you less self-conscious and allow you to focus on improving yourself. I felt super empowered and motivated.
In addition, I discovered how fun exercising is. I loved how the instructor paired up the workouts with pop music. Each instructor has their own playlists and favorited artists and you can look up this before you sign up for a class. This allows you to find an instructor that caters to your music taste. It is super fun to bop to music that you like and it makes the time go by faster.
In addition, I discovered how versatile the exercises on a stationary bike can be. I realized that you can exercise your obliques and triceps on the bikes as well. My favorite part is doing weights on the bikes. Soul Cycle works out every part of your body.
Every time I walk out of Soul Cycle, I feel more energized and happy than I was when I walked it. It makes waking up at 7am on a Saturday for a class 100% worth it. If there is Soul Cycle in your city, I highly encourage you to go.