Recently, on our Twitter Page, we waged the Soul Twitter Wars, where followers wrote in about which studio rocked the most. It was a close race, but the winner is...
If you read nothing else on the Soul Blog, read this interview! JILLIAN ACORD, IFFIE AITKENHEAD, and JACKIE KERN speak to SoulCycle about creating Sister Soldiers, a foundation that provides free mammograms to women who can't afford them.
Check out the much-requested playlist (and youtube videos) from ROARKE'S 7:00 AM ride this morning!
Lovesick - Lindstrøm & Christabelle
Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf Ft. Lil Wayne
Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna
American Woman - Lenny Kravitz
BodyRock - MOBY
Fader (Adam Freeland Remix) - Temper Trap
The Power Of Goodbye - Madonna
Two Step - Dave Matthews Band
Arms Of A Woman - Amos Lee
This is a quick post to promote MELANIE'S amazing new blog "I Am Now: The Journey." Last November, Melanie was diagnosed with follicular non-hodgkins lymphoma. This blog is her way of keeping the Soul Community updated without responding to everyone individually.
In her words, "I get so many sweet notes of encouragement, but just don't have the time to get back to everyone... But, the strength of the soul community literally fills my heart and spirit and helps me walk strong..."
Curious about the title? Here's the origin: "In Latin 'now' is 'iam' and it helps me stay in the moment to think- I am now... The journey is what I have been calling it since I got diagnosed..."
Without further ado, here's the link. Do yourself a favor and click on it. http:/iamnowthejourney.tumblr.
100 songs, 60 minutes. Yep, it's MASH-UP MANIA with Daniel!! Check out the amazing (and much-requested) playlist!!
Breathe and Shine (John Legend vs Sia) - LeeDM101
Whyte Wedding (Billy Idol Vs. Gabrielle Vs. Paul Weller) - mARKYbOY
Against the Floor (Jennifer Lopez vs. Brittany Spears vs. Rihanna) - Robin Skouteris Mix
SoulCycle is loving the new HUGO album "Old Tyme Religion." Louise, Kym and Clare have been been playing Hugo songs in their classes for months, especially 99 Problems, Bread & Butter (seen below) and, one of Clare's current favorites, Hurt Makes It Beautiful. Check out their performance on Letterman and their new album here!!
** We realize this isn't much notice, but had to spread the word!
Nothing says SOUL like Motown!! Check out pics and the playlist that got everyone moving and shaking this morning. Big thanks to MARTHA for leading an incredible ride!
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE - THE TEMPTATIONS
ABC - THE JACKSON 5
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO - THE SUPREMES
BABY NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU - THE FOUNDATIONS
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH - MARVIN GAYE AND TAMMI TERRELL
I WANT YOU BACK - THE JACKSON 5
DO YOU LOVE ME - THE CONTOURS
BABY LOVE - THE SUPREMES
(LOVE IS LIKE A) HEATWAVE - MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS
YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE - THE SUPREMES
LOVE CHILD - THE SUPREMES
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS
THE LOVE YOU SAVE - THE JACKSON 5
LET'S GET IT ON - MARVIN GAYE
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED I'M YOURS - STEVIE WONDER
STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE - THE SUPREMES
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON - THE SUPREMES
I'LL BE THERE - THE JACKSON 5
Our "Run Across America" Ride, hosted by Kely Ripa, raised over $30,000 for Action for Healthy Kids, the nation's leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment. In case you haven't seen it, here's the amazing re-cap that aired on Regis and Kelly this morning!!
The one and only MB REGAN tells SoulCycle about her Union Square Breakfast Club: sweating to 80s music, free giveaways, and a chance to get to know the person on the bike next to you. What more could you ask for? Join MB every Wed at 9:30... see you in the Square!
When the New York Times debated what single best exercise is, this is what they came up with. Sound familiar?
“I think, actually, that you can make a strong case for H.I.T.,” Gibala said. High-intensity interval training, or H.I.T. as it’s familiarly known among physiologists, is essentially all-interval exercise. As studied in Gibala’s lab, it involves grunting through a series of short, strenuous intervals on specialized stationary bicycles. In his first experiments, riders completed 30 seconds of cycling at the highest intensity the riders could stand. After resting for four minutes, the volunteers repeated the interval several times, for a total of two to three minutes of extremely intense exercise. After two weeks, the H.I.T. riders, with less than 20 minutes of hard effort behind them, had increased their aerobic capacity as much as riders who had pedaled leisurely for more than 10 hours. Other researchers also have found that H.I.T. reduces blood-sugar levels and diabetes risk, and Gibala anticipates that it will aid in weight control, although he hasn’t studied that topic fully yet.
What does this translate to for humans?
In this modified version, you sprint for 60 seconds at a pace that feels unpleasant but sustainable, followed by 60 seconds of pedaling easily, then another 60-second sprint and recovery, 10 times in all.
Participants also enjoyed H.I.T. more than longer more static routines, presumably because they "were less bored."
That's what we're sayin'!!
Is anything more fun than letting loose and riding to Teeny Bopper music? Not according to these pictures! Special thanks to LB and Jenny who danced to Hit Me Baby One More Time and Bye Bye Bye, combining original choreography with some of their own moves. And of course to Danny for teaching an AMAZING ride!
By special request, we're sharing LOUISE'S DISNEY RIDE PLAYLIST. In the words of Louise, "Obvi there are a million songs because most are 1:30-3 minutes. By far, the most difficult playlist I've ever made. I worked on it for months. Definitely cried over having to cut songs. Too many. This may to be annual."
No complaints here!
What do you get when you mix music from the Black Eyed Peas, food from Sylvia's, and ride with String? A whole lotta SOUL! The Black Eyed Peas Ride in the Dale was one for the books -- with glow necklaces and Soul food served afterward -- our riders came prepared to rock out! For those who missed it, here's the playlist!