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Heard of SoulCycle but don’t know what to expect? We have five tips to help you get started.

Known for its unique blend of fun, focus, and upbeat music, SoulCycle has reinvented our idea of indoor cycling and taken the fitness world by storm. It has grown since its first studio opened in 2006 in New York to include studios around the country in Washington D.C., New Jersey, and California.

“SoulCycle doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives,” says Tiffany Houser, Washington D.C. based SoulCycle instructor. “The best part is that we do it together as a community.” The 45-minute cycling experience incorporates “inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and fun music,” Houser explains. “Riders can let loose, clear their heads, and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.”

But as much fun as the routines are, they’ll also make you break a sweat. “It is a full-body experience. We use hand weights, [and in addition to] toning and strengthening your arms and legs, you can also strengthen your core and cardiovascular system.”

Tiffany Houser.
Tiffany Houser.

Anyone regardless of age can be a rider. Houser, who is 40, never thought she would be working in the fitness industry much less having the desire to work out. “I became addicted because SoulCycle is much more than a workout,” she says. “Everyone is an ideal rider. I love seeing teenagers in my classes, and people also bring their grandparents.”

If you get hooked on SoulCycle, depending on your interest, there are other class options including Soul Survivor, a 60-minute class; Soul Bands, which uses resistance bands hanging from the ceiling to build tone; and Soul Challenge, a 90-minute high-intensity version of the usual class.

Interested? Houser shares five SoulCycle tips to help you find your soul while cycling yourself to a full body workout.

Expect the unexpected.
Anything can happen at a SoulCycle session. Come into each session with an intention for yourself or your day and let the rest happen.

Nourish your body before class.
Proper hydration and [eating] is required before and after any physical activity to sustain a healthy body and to see results. Drink water before, during, and after your ride. Eating a light snack 30 minutes before you ride is also recommended.

The right attire matters.
Sport a tee or tank on top and a form-fitting pants or shorts on the bottom. SoulCycle bikes require clip-on shoes, which you can rent ($3) or buy at the studio. (For your first time, they’ll let you borrow a pair for free!)

Connect with the studio.
Call the studio in advance to ask questions, or you can stop by to check out the studio, get a feel of the neighborhood, and get answers to your questions.

Bring your community.
Invite your friends and family! Exercising can be more fun with a buddy, and the communal natural of SoulCycle makes it even more so.

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AdeOla Fadumiye writes at the intersection of faith, feminism, and entrepreneurship, and also edits and evaluates multicultural and Christian fiction manuscripts. When she is not writing and editing, she is producing podcasts for her clients over at Crys & Tiana. You can read more of AdeOla’s writing on her website and by following her on Instagram.


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