How SOUL Became a Haven for One Mother Facing the Unimaginable
ew York rider CAITLIN ELLIOTT found a moment of solace at SoulCycle as she weathered an unthinkable storm with her family.
I first tried SoulCycle in the summer of 2011, when my husband and I were living on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I had always loved spinning and heard amazing things about SoulCycle.
"It's so much more than spinning," my girlfriends had told me. "It's a workout for your mind, body and soul. You'll feel amazing afterward. You've got to try it."
So I did. My first time left me so breathless and exhausted that I had to get off the bike midway through. As I chugged my water and sat watching the other riders, I felt frustrated, but also determined. Everyone was working so hard but still having so much fun. They all seemed to be moving as one; the energy in the room was incredible and I wanted to be part of it.
It took me a while to commit to SoulCycle, but I'm so happy I did. In 2013, I found myself in NICHOLAS' class. It was the first time everything clicked for me. He cracked me up, made me smile, kicked my butt, and always made a point of saying hello. Before long, I started to feel significantly stronger and happier. I was hooked on the amazing high I felt after every single one of his classes and visited a number of different studios all around the city just so I could ride with him.
Leslie's class changed everything for me. I've had so many breakthroughs on the bike because I always feel like I can truly let go and lose myself in the music. She pushes me harder than I ever thought possible, and I always feel strong, clear and happy when I walk out of her class.
I now ride with her at least twice, sometimes three times a week. I will always be grateful to her for helping me through one of the most difficult periods of my life and for helping me be the best mother I can be.
Last month, when I received a round of results on my son's health, I rode with Leslie that very day. She had no way of knowing what I was going through, but she gave me the warmest hug before class started. She has such a kind nature and warm aura; that one simple hug really lifted me up. I am probably one of the quietest and shyest riders in the class and routinely sit in the back corner, but Leslie always takes the time to find me. It's a crazy time for me and my family right now, but I know I can forget all the anxiety, stress and pain for at least 45 minutes when I ride with her. I feel stronger not only physically, but mentally, and I will always be grateful to her for that.