Just under a year ago, one my best friends got hooked on SoulCycle and could no longer go a day without talking about her most recent ride. After a few weeks of persuading, I finally stepped into the USQ studio for my first class. I quickly understood her obsession but still thought a class a week would be sufficient for me. Fast forward a few months later (and a rotation of about 5 other instructors, all of which were awesome) and I took by my first Ben T class. Right after we walked out of class that Friday night, I turned to my friend and told her that now my workout was changed and once a week would no longer suffice. I’ve always made an effort to get to the gym a few times a week but if something else came up, then so be it. Nowadays, it’s quite the opposite. My plans are made around my SoulCycle schedule (as crazy as some of my friends think that might be - others are just as hooked as I am) and I simply don’t miss his classes if I can help it. I make plans days in advance if I know that work will have me on a flight or in a meeting at 12pm on Monday afternoon’s and have a standing 11:50am – 12:15pm block in my outlook calendar for all the other weeks. Right from the first “full turn to the right and butt’s out of the saddle”, I know that it’s going to be 45mintues (or 90 when he’s on the schedule for the double) of a no BS workout. Ben is always challenging us to take our workout to the next level, whether it’s adding a pound to our weights (I started with 1’s and am now getting comfortable with 4’s) or adding a few extra turns to the right, he doesn’t let us settle for a less than ‘elite level’ ride. His music is always a fun mix of various genres from recent rap/hip hop/pop to Nelly and Scissor Sisters throwbacks that keep the class fun and energetic. If someone told me a year ago that I would wake up at 5am to get a ride in before heading to the office or postpone starting the weekend until after my 7pm class, I would have thought that they were absolutely crazy. Nowadays, I don’t know what I would do without my Wednesday rooster..or any of his other classes for that matter. It’s not often that I can completely disconnect but from the minute that I step into the studio and for the next 45minutes, I don’t think about a single thing but ‘keeping my legs fast and staying light on those handle bars’.
It’s my grapefruit-scented zen sanctuary and I am a new person because of the change that SoulCycle and Ben’s classes have made in me.