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When you think of fit­ness stu­dios that you have heard of from a num­ber of friends and co-work­ers, SoulCycle is al­ways in the con­ver­sa­tion with it's mind, body, soul fo­cus and mu­sic that makes cy­cling here an ex­pe­ri­ence. We chat­ted with SoulCycle and Se­nior In­struc­tor, Syd­ney Miller to find out more!

ATHLEISURE MAG: How long has SoulCycle been around?

SOULCYCLE: SoulCycle has been around since April 2006 -- it started as one stu­dio on New York City's Up­per West Side and has since grown to 72 stu­dios and count­ing!

AM: We know that you re­cently opened a lo­ca­tion in Austin and Belle­vue - what are the next ones that we should keep an eye out for?

SC: We al­ways look for ac­tive and dy­namic com­mu­ni­ties to be a part of so we are very ex­cited to now be in Austin and Belle­vue. We are open­ing our first in­ter­na­tional stu­dio in Toronto on March 2nd and have more Cana­dian stu­dios open­ing soon as well.

AM: You guys have a great se­ries of ameni­ties avail­able - what are some of the brands that one can find in your bath­rooms?

SC: We al­ways seek to pro­vide a seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence for our rid­ers and pro­vide ev­ery­thing they need so our locker rooms are stocked with ev­ery amenity a rider could need, our front desks have hair ties, ear plugs, gum and more. We have also teamed up with lo­cal skin care com­pa­nies in new mar­kets to of­fer their prod­ucts to our rid­ers. In Belle­vue, we have Her­bi­vore Botan­i­cals' in­cred­i­ble prod­ucts in both of women's and men's locker rooms. Sim­i­larly, we have milk + honey in our down­town Austin stu­dio and look for­ward to pro­vid­ing Saje prod­ucts in our first Toronto lo­ca­tion.

AM: There are so many choices for SoulCycle gear - are th­ese all in­ter­nal brands and do you also have col­lab­o­ra­tive brands as well - are there up­com­ing col­labs we should be look­ing out for?

SC: SoulCycle pro­duces 14 col­lec­tions each year with 60+ pieces in each one. For the month of March, we are cel­e­brat­ing ac­cep­tance, col­lab­o­ra­tion and love as our col­lec­tion is themed around the Army of Love. Dur­ing a time of po­lar­iz­ing views and alien­at­ing sen­ti­ments, SoulCycle con­tin­ues to be a sanc­tu­ary and a com­mu­nity of ac­cep­tance. SoulCycle is a work­out to some, a com­mu­nity to most, and a safe har­bor to all. We stand for ac­cep­tance, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and love. As team mem­bers and rid­ers, we're a coali­tion of con­science - re­spect and com­pas­sion are prac­tices we cul­ti­vate daily. We not only em­brace each other's dif­fer­ences, we cel­e­brate them.

Our stu­dios are sanc­tu­ar­ies of unity, where we all ride to­gether as a pack. We take that en­ergy into the world, where we lift each other up. We are an Army of Love.

AM: When peo­ple are not in the midst of a class at SoulCycle - how can they still stay con­nected as a com­mu­nity?

SYD­NEY MILLER: SoulCycle nat­u­rally lends it­self to a com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­ence through the en­tire stu­dio. Rid­ers of­ten be­come friends by go­ing to the same classes week to week and build­ing con­nec­tion from the locker room to the stu­dio. From juices af­ter class, brunch, or try­ing a new fit­ness ex­peri-

ence, rid­ers can take the SoulCycle ex­pe­ri­ence to other ar­eas of their ac­tive life­style.

AM: What is the ethos of SoulCycle?

SM: SoulCycle is all about con­nect­ing mind and body to the mu­sic. We ride as a pack be­cause we know there is strength in num­bers. We sup­port each other and get stronger to­gether.

AM: We liked how you went about se­lect­ing a great class for us by ask­ing what mu­sic we liked (our Kaskade x Swedish House Mafia theme ride was epic) - is this the sug­gested method that some­one new to this ecosys­tem should fol­low?

SM: The mu­sic is what makes the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence, so it's im­por­tant to go with an in­struc­tor who plays the kind of mu­sic you're into. There's re­ally an in­struc­tor for every­one and each of us brings a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to the ta­ble. On the web­site, you can see on each in­struc­tors' pro­file what kind of mu­sic they play and a lit­tle bit about them. It's fun to try dif­fer­ent classes and then fig­ure out what lights you up the most.

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