TCM Rides: Our Interview with SoulCycle + A Giveaway

Here at the Chalkboard, we’re big fans of a good sweat-fest, love esthetically beautiful spaces and are always open to a little inspiration.  All of this adds up to our love of SoulCycle! If you haven’t heard of SoulCycle’s amazing spin studios yet, you are about to – SoulCycle is taking LA by storm! Read below the interview to learn how to join our class July 9!

TCM: Can you tell us the story of SoulCycle and how it opened? What was the impetus behind opening? What makes it perfect for a southern California location?

Julie: “Shortly after we both had relocated to New York City, we began searching for some type of cardio exercise that we could fall in love with. But unfortunately, no luck. There were certainly enough ways to burn calories, but nothing that was inspiring. Ultimately we realized they would have to create it! We both believed indoor cycling could be inspiring; we both believed you could incorporate upper body and core workout into the routine and finally, we believed with some great branding, a beautiful environment and outstanding customer service, the 45-minute class could be transformed into a special experience each time.

It’s funny, because in a lot of ways, SoulCycle was born in Los Angeles. I learned to ride at studios in Los Angeles and am thrilled to come full circle and bring SoulCycle to LA. We understand that LA residents take fitness very seriously – in LA, fitness is a way of life.  We think LA residents will embrace the SoulCycle workout and lifestyle with open arms. We want to bring our supportive fitness community to LA riders.”

TCM: Why spinning?

Elizabeth: “It is effective, fun and low impact on your joints. Plus, anyone can do it!”

TCM: Why is SoulCycle the best cycling destination?

Elizabeth: “It is a cardio party on the bike where you can have fun AND burn 500-700 calories in 45-minutes. We created SoulCycle because we were looking a fun and effective cardio workout with a mind/body connection. We took the traditional indoor cycling workout and evolved into a full-body cardio party on the bike.”

TCM: What’s next for SoulCycle LA?
Elizabeth: “We are opening in Brentwood in late August or early September and in Santa Monica in November. Additional LA locations will open in 2013.”

TCM: Tell us about the all star staff at the SoCal locations.

Julie: “We are incredibly lucky to work with an amazing and engaging staff who love the brand just as much as we do.”

TCM: What is your favorite workout clothing brand?

Julie: “SoulCycle, of course! I have a pair of Stella McCartney for Adidas leggings that I love and I always wear Adidas high-top sneakers.

Elizabeth: “Falke sports bras – bar none the best on the market.”

TCM: What is your pre-spin and post spin routine?

Julie: “I usually eat a handful of almonds or a banana with almond butter before I ride. As far as music, whatever our instructors are listening to – I give them my iPod and have them update it regularly.”

Elizabeth: “I eat an egg white wrap before I ride. Doesn’t matter from where, but it needs to be in a whole wheat wrap – with spinach, if possible.”

TCM GIVEAWAY: West Hollywood July 9th!

Win yourself a seat at the Chalkboard Mag’s Private SoulCycle Spin July 9th! All local – or perhaps travel-ready – readers are eligible to enter!  Leave us your favorite healthy pre or post workout tip below and we will select a few readers to join us for a GREAT spin!  We can’t wait to meet you!

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