'I Made it Through, I Made it to the Top'
oronto rider RACHEL KUCHARCZUK found her place at SOUL thanks to instructor JENNA G. Read on for their story.
My office looks right out to SoulCycle's KING location — the first in Canada — so I saw the construction progress of the studio every day from my office window earlier this year. It was actually really neat to see it all come together. My cousin Rebecca had been telling me forever how her SoulCycle classes were her favorite workouts because it wasn’t just a workout, it centered her, but I was a bit of a skeptic and hadn't anticipated being a SOUL rider.
I took my first ever SoulCycle class during the pre-opening with my company and JENNA G was our teacher. New to Toronto, she was still figuring out this cold city during a particularly frigid February, but she was embracing it and making waves while showing her New York soul.
Words cannot describe how amazing she is.
I had only taken one spinning class before, and I didn't enjoy it. I knew I was gearing up for cardio insanity, I was curious about the SOUL vibe, concerned I would not be able to keep up, and I was secretly scared I would make a fool of myself in front of all my coworkers. I had no clue what I was getting myself into.
Day one, Jenna was ALL smiles, and had an amazing and encouraging attitude, the perfect amount of guidance, and just the right amount of Bruce Springsteen on the playlist. Right away, she made me feel very comfortable in a class I was very scared to take.
My heart may have overworked and if it was possible my Fitbit would have alerted the medical authorities that something was wrong with me, but I made it through. I made it to the top. It was something that I did for me and Jenna helped me do that! My first ride was a physical accomplishment, one that left me feeling empowered, excited and wanting more.
Ever since opening, I'm at the same Jenna class every week.
She exudes this awesome, inspirational vibe. She's an unbelievable instructor who leads by example. Her attitude is amazing and she inspires her riders to "do this for you," because we're not adding resistance for her sake! Jenna also has the perfect ability to know when someone in her class needs a little boost, a little love, a little extra shoutout to get up that climb and make it through. She just knows. Every accomplishment I have made in that room, both physical and mental, have been because of her.
I have met a lot of fitness instructors in my life, and she truly goes above and beyond. She is inspirational, and you can see that in her classes and the community that comes every week. Thank you for bringing such a beautiful soul to this city. We needed her!
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