To work up a sweat is expected when indoor cyclists pedal down an arduous, bogus road, but the journey of a Soul Cyclist is another type of work-out that leads to a different weightless dimension; that of spirituality.
Cyclists do plenty of pushups and crunches on the bikes and the powers-that-be promise that by utilizing their multi-tasking method, one can burn between 500-700 calories within 45 minutes! But the other things one gains from one of these workouts are unexpected, beginning with a painted mantra that appears on the wall that reads:
“Change your body, take your journey, find your soul.”
The Soul Cyclist method is the brainchild of Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler and began in New York back in 2006. All of the rides are carefully programmed so that the rider warms up in the first song and stretches and cools down at the end. It is a very different workout type of workout in which the entire body is worked on the bike.
The goal is to enjoy the exercise. While listening to music and watching the black and white photograph of a road, the rider never stops pedaling even when working on his or her arms with one-pound weights or resistance bands hung from the ceiling. The classes are held by candlelight and instructors are more like spiritual motivators rather than strict disciplinarians.
The exercises are obviously geared to burn calories, but they also have the added benefit of helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Rice’s methods are an updated version of fitness expert, Johnny G, who trademarked Spinning classes more than two decade ago. While some may question the effectiveness of doing weights on stationery bikes, the 45-minute classes provide healthy, intense activity with more benefits than one could ever expect.
Are you game?
Vroom and Amen!