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Day in the Life of Willie Holmes

Instructor WILLIE HOLMES opens up about what inspired him to go from serving in the US Army to leading the NYC pack — and shares everything he fits in a day…

When I was 18, I joined the US Army. I served for nearly seven years — that time was the most exhilarating time of my life. I had never worked so hard, but I felt so fulfilled. As a medic I had the opportunity to work with wounded warriors, retirees and their families. I got the opportunity to feel like I was really making a difference in people's lives, all I ever wanted to do. 

I parted ways with the military for greener pastures, but after getting out, I longed to feel like I was making a difference. When I first took a SoulCycle class, I discovered that I had what felt like an emptiness, because I really wanted to make an impact on people’s lives again. 

SoulCycle definitely has other similarities to the Army: In addition to making difference in other’s lives, there’s a very close knit group of people who serve and protect with their hearts and soul. The days are still long, I work very hard, and I'm frequently sore. I wake up early and go to bed late, but I love every minute! Even if the only difference I make in someone's life is to make them smile, I'm still doing what I set out to do.

Here’s a recent day in the life of Superwillie: 

4:00 AM: Alarm goes off... SNOOZE!

4:15 AM: SNOOZE! - stayed in bed for five minutes with eyes open

4:20 AM: Took supplements, ate protein-packed cereal, drank a bottle of water and think: “It's going to be a long day.”

4:35 AM: Packed backpack with enough gear to teach three classes and to look like a civilian when necessary. (SoulCycle gear all day, every day!) Out the door!

5:10 AM: Boarded train, after about 10 minutes of waiting. Listened to ride flow (created at 11 PM the night prior). Made some changes - first song? Coffee by Miguel. The message for ride: Forgiveness. 

5:35 AM: Exit train… and see a naked man walking in the subway station — weird. 

5:40 AM: Arrived at studio, set up and do a sound check

6:00 AM: Class begins

6:45 AM: The 6:00 AM class just nailed it hard! TriBeCa's roosters really know how to ride! 

7:00 AM: Shower time

7:15 AM: So fresh, so clean. 

7:30 AM: Consumed protein shake, turkey egg and cheese in wheat sandwich, and a bottle of water… within literally in 3 minutes. 

8:00 AM: Headed to gym to stretch and reset.

8:30 AM: Had a 30-minute conversation at Equinox desk because well, I talk too much. 

8:30 to 10:00 AM: Cross trained, stretched, and foam-rolled at Equinox BRPK 

10 to 10:30 AM: Steam room/stretch.

10:40 AM: Music test at Soulcycle BRPK for 11:15 AM class. 

12:00 PM: Class ends — it was great!

12:15 PM: Left for photo shoot, left laptop, had to go back... Whomp whomp. No time for food — feel like I could eat a cow! Literally

1:15 PM: Arrive to SoulCycle photo shoot… 15 minutes late, but everyone was at lunch, so all is well! 10 minutes later I'm fully satiated! 

4:30 PM: Wrapped an amazing SOUL retail photo shoot. Off to train. 

5:05 PM: Got home to eat again, along with a huge bottle of water, and did some stretching.

6:10 PM: Began making hip hop playlist for HIP HOP TUESDAY RIDE at the SOHO studio.

7:10 PM: All songs in order and ready for class, but needs to be edited. 

7:30 PM: Get to train station, edit playlist en route to studio. 

8:15 PM: Room still on fire from Akin's 7:30 PM class before mine. Music test.

9:30 PM: SOHO 8:30 PM class killed it, some of Akin's riders stuck around for a double. 

10:45 PM: Got home and grabbed dinner.

11:00 PM: Shower — and sleep.

Catch classes with WILLIE at SoulCycle Bryant ParkSoulCycle SoHo and SoulCycle TriBeCa! Follow Willie on Instagram at @superwillie. Want to ride? Grab a series HERE and book a bike! 
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