It says a lot about an instructor when I literally travel to 5 different studios to take his class because it is that special. The thing is, I'm not alone! Ben T. has a very dedicated following because of the impact he has on his riders.
Ive taken 75-80 rides with Ben T., and in those rides he's changed my life. A smoker for 6 years, and even marathon running didnt stop me- one day leaving one of Ben's classes I decided I didn't need them anymore, quit cold turkey, and months later have had no desire to have another cigarette ever again all because of his classes. Additionally, we all have our own baggage- what I can tell you is that with dealing with some deeprooted personal issues stemming all the way back to my childhood, I've made more progress in the past five months of taking soulcycle classes with Ben T. than I have in the past 10 years of my life. He started this progress for me, and he's continued this progress with me. His encouragement, his enabling me to feel empowered and strong, the comments he makes to me and in general to the class, sometimes even just some of the songs he chooses- sometimes I don't even know how to explain what it is about his classes, but all of this has brought me to a place mentally and physically that I never thought I could be.
He's certainly not easy; actually, he's the hardest spin instructor I've ever taken. They call him #toughlovinturshen and #nomercytushen for a reason. However, through this toughness he pushes me further than where I thought I was capable of going, while the whole time I can feel his belief in me.
I'm in the best place I've ever been, overcome obstacles I didn't think I could, and found strength I didn't know I could have; I am a much better version of myself than I was 5 months ago, and I am not sure I can ever fully articulate my gratitude towards Ben T. for how he's changed my life.