Soul Story: Jamie Maier
October 26, 2015
After giving birth, rockstar JAMIE MAIER struggled to find an exercise she enjoyed that would help her shed her baby weight. Now down 40 pounds to her pre-baby size, she shares how SOUL gave her the chance to take care of herself…
I found SoulCycle after I gave birth to my baby in July 2014. I was having trouble losing the baby weight, and I had heard about SOUL and decided it was worth a try. I rounded up some women from my Mommy and Me group, and we tried it all together. I fell in love with it the second I clipped in, and now I attend every week.
I don’t think I could walk for almost four days after my first ride, but I was so happy. I was proud that I was finally doing something for myself. I nursed my child for over a year, so it was really freeing to do something just for me.
My first class was taught by Michelle, who is just inspirational and awesome. The class was so fun, and I liked that it was a different kind of workout, not just putting on headphones and running or staring at the meatheads at the gym. SoulCycle is challenging, but it is something I know I can do. I even did all this research before my first class to prepare, but it didn’t do the class justice. SoulCycle was the first workout I did that was exciting and fun to me.
Everything about SOUL has kept me coming back. I love the results, and that I leave there sweaty. I love doing something for me. The music at the end is incredible — all of it together makes you feel so good when you leave. The second I leave class, I just can’t wait to book my next bike.
Since I started riding at SoulCycle in January 2015, I’ve lost 40 pounds. In addition to shedding all of my baby weight, I am so much stronger. SOUL is also a great de-stressor; it’s addicting, but I’m excited about it. It is such a great mental and emotional break.
Every instructor is different, but I really prefer Michelle’s class — it has the ability to get you out of your head and sort of reel you in. The music is amazing, but I really loved a classic rock ride that I took recently. It was so fun to be able to sing along!
While SoulCycle can seem intimidating at first, it is worth giving it a shot. I love it, and I can’t stress that enough. Everyone at SOUL is fun, kind, and so accommodating; they don’t make you feel little, especially at your first few rides when it’s all new. I felt like I fit in from the first class I took. It’s welcoming and inclusive, the class works, and I feel like I can keep up. It’s amazing.
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