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Get to Know Instructor Maddy Ciccone

Instructor MADDY CICCONE — now rocking the Boston podium — opens up about what first brought her to SOUL, which books have transformed her life, where she finds inspiration and more…

My first class was….
It was KymNonstop in Malibu for a private charity ride with a organization that is so dear to my heart called Life Rolls On, which works with kids and adults with spinal chord injuries. It was founded my friend, Jesse Bilhauer, a local Malibu surfer that became paralyzed one morning at Westward beach while surfing. The charity ride was September 13th, 2014 and it was my birthday. The ‘Bu crew brought in a cupcake and I sobbed like a child. I was hooked from then on!

When I started riding regularly…
It was in the early mornings with Angela Davis before going to my corporate job. Somewhere along the line in LA, I tapped out. I just decided "sitting is the new smoking" and I didn't want to be a part of the path that I was going down. So I sought out a job with SoulCycle and, through a lengthy process, I landed the role of ASM at WEHO. I eventually helped open SoulCycle’s West Coast headquarters in CLVR City.

The first time I rode the podium…
It was for instructor Danielle McCleerey during the last leg of her pregnancy. From then on I was constantly jumping up there for instructors, pretty much anyone who would give me a shot. Not too long after that I decided to audition and was picked to go to training. I also taught yoga at SOUL HQ on the West Coast so I think teaching yoga and wanting to teach fitness played a factor in wanting to become a full blown fitness guru.

I wanted to lead the pack because …
I live to be of service to others and love to spread all the good vibes around.

My personal mantra is…
SERVE•INSPIRE•RECEIVE•SPARKLE. I think being of service is why we are put here on this Earth and to just always be the best version of ourselves and be kind to one another.

The book that saved my life was…
Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein. I'm her biggest fan — when she spoke at Soul HQ, I lost it! Other books I love: Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler, Mastering Your Inner Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini and, my guilty pleasure beach reading: Bergdorf Blondes and Valley of the Dolls.

My first dance solo was…
It was to “It's about that Walk" by Prince. It will forever hold a special place in my heart.

My favorite song is…
"NEW YORK, NEW YORK" by Frank Sinatra. It’s just so awesome and I am a huge film Noir and Rat Pack era fan in general.

The musical instrument I played…
I played saxophone for almost 11 years so anything by Otis Redding or swampy jazz music I LOVE. I also cheered NCAA D1 in college so I love mega mix's and high octane beats.

The people that inspire me…
• My parents— they have had my back through anything and it has been a long windy road before I found my calling with SOUL.
• MY CLVR crew + Hunter Parrish & Cassi Hoye for celebrating all our successes together as managers and for always having my back NO MATTER WHAT!
• Debbie Valois, Brent Laffoon, Angela Taylor — my yoga and life gurus who have brought so much spirit and love to my life!
• Jesse and Sam Billhauer for creating an amazing organization that I hold so close to my heart my #LROhana
• Bonnie Leitdtke — my pseudo life manager/mentor but most importantly friend who has given me the courage to believe in myself and pursue my dreams. We rediscovered each other at SoulCycle and I am forever grateful for that.

A quote that inspires me daily…
"Fear doesn't shut me down; it wakes me up!"

I’m also inspired by,,,
“We are here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." — Whoopi Goldberg. Be a trailblazer. Live your legacy

Catch classes with MADDY at SoulCycle Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Chestnut Hill! Questions or comments? Email! Want to ride? Grab a series HERE and book a bike!
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