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For betches who embrace #118 working out as a lifestyle, no two words are trendier than 'Soul Cycle.' I mean, it’s part exercise, part cocktail party. Where else can you really be guaranteed to find a room of hot sweaty pros and their non-working socialite friends, outside of a club bathroom? And if you think you're going to Soul cycle to shed pounds off your fat ass then you're wrong, and apparently fat. If you’re going to spin, you need to be fit as fuck because, having been to some of the hottest clubs, we’ve never seen a door as unspokenly strict as SC's. Put aside the fact that you could just make a really good playlist and go on one of those...what do they call them...oh yeah, a bike ride, Soul Cycle has gained popularity of cult-like proportions. Let's discuss: 

The Instructor

Betches plan their weeks around when their fave instructor is spinning. Who cares about the actual workout when there’s great bro spotting? No one wants to be in the class with the buff butch Amazon woman up front telling you to “keep up the good work!” and “sweat it out ladies!” Like, it’s whatever if you’re an actual lesbo, but if you’re a crazed I-need-a-six-pack-NOW type of work out bitch, let’s be honest, the only gold medal you’ll be competing for is the Olympics of not getting ass. If I wanted man shoulders I'd bench press or like, strive to date Tara Thorton.

Other than looking hot, the other responsiblity of the instructor is to play good music. We want to spin to the same music to which we also drink. I mean, house mixes of Rihanna's greatest hits is the best shit to spin to while I'm pretending not to hear the last 5 quarter turns. However, if you get the shitty insructor who thinks that aboriginal tribe-themed music classes are a good idea, they're seriously disturbed. Like if I wanted to work out to Lady Smith Black Mombazo I would've stayed in Africa or moved to Brooklyn. 

The Crowd

Other than the instructors, we clearly come for the crowd. The whole point of Soul Cycle is to spot a random celeb and stay in their class so next time you’re both in line for wheatgrass shots, Jake Gyllenhaal can be like hey, you’re in my 7am right? And you can be like yeah, I am. And then you’ll develop like a regular stop and chat relationship so you can casually name drop like oh I’m going with my Soul Cycle friend to see his movie this weekend. NBD.

One of the other key players on the Soul Cycle scene is the obsessive maybe gay bro. You know the one. He always sits at the front of the class and is clearly appearing to be working the hardest. Probably riled up from a coke-binge 80 hour week at his #166 banking job, he will literally be flinging sweat everywhere and punching himself in the chest. Like calm the fuck down, who do you think you're kidding? This is a spin class with 90% women, not a fucking boxing ring. We all know you're metrosexual at best.

Sitting right next to this maybe gay bro will be the nicegirl who clearly either wants a job at Soul Cycle, is TTH to be the next office slut at her midsize PR company, or is just generally an overachieving loser. At the end of each class you will always see her trying to impress the instructor by asking for feedback. I think my stamina was much better than on Tuesday. But tell me, how was my form today?! Your form was desperate as fuck.

The Look

No betch would be caught dead at Soul Cycle in a sorority tee or norts. No one in the real world is rushing for a sorority, so just stop it. The most important part of dressing for Soul Cycle is what you look like post-workout. Clearly you’ll be going for a trendy coconut water afterward or just strolling back home, but people on the street will know you’ve been to Soul Cycle. If you think padded shorts are cool, then you probably are not. SC Betches wear a high ponytail black spandex and neon running shoes. It’s the unofficial uniform. Don’t fuck with it.

The Flywheel Controversy

Some betches will swear by Flywheel rather than Soul Cycle because it's basically the same thing except you race the other people in your class. I mean, that's cool, if I wanted to get into a timed competition with an instructor screaming at me I would join the fucking military.

Finally, Soul Cycle is shadily owned by Equinox so be sure to be aware that you're paying $500 a month to ride a stationary bicycle on top of the most expensive gym membership known to man for essentially no reason. Soul cycle is a status symbol, not just "the most intense workout ever!" And no, walking around with a yoga mat is not the same thing. It's like, Oh you just came from yoga? Cool, did you just exit your time machine from 2003? True betches know that when it comes to working out it's not about the calories burned so much as the heads turned.

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16 Comments TALK SHIT!
  1. jj says:

    true betches can’t afford to burn the number of calories one class at soulcycle causes you to burn. seriously i’d pass out

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    • Weird says:

      Sounds like your eating disorder is anything but casual…

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  2. Bethany says:

    all of this is trying far too hard.

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  3. Sammi says:

    If you don’t know now ya know!

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  4. Beata says:

    Soul cycle iss da bomb.

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  5. Degan says:

    Soul cycle might be awesome, quite the experience but whoever wrote this just turned off every person who has never heard of it nor tried it… work a little more on the writing if you really want people to be a soul cycle betch!

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    • Whitney says:

      get a sense of humor….you are clearly wearing your padded shorts AND a padded helmet!!!

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  6. anonymous says:

    soul cycle sucks. FLYWHEEL ALL THE WAY.

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  7. nycbetch says:

    i can relate to just about every post and im only 16.

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    • Woo says:

      That is so cool!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Missa says:

    Omg lives it must try,, must get new neons first.

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  9. Used to be funny says:

    This site used to be funny and satirical. Now it’s just kinda sad

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    • couldn't agree more says:

      it’s clear that the girls writing it are being totally serious—which is sad in itself—and then the things they say trying to be funny/cool reveal they are so not. “if i wanted to get into a timed competition with an instructor screaming at me i would join the military” would only be written by someone who is out of shape, and who goes to spin classes for the social status. sad.

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  10. Your Name says:

    I completely agree Betches! Except for the last line about yoga… as a yogi I must correct you on thinking that t’s a workout. For literally the millionth time, yoga is not a workout, n’or does it claim to be. People who think it is a workout are probably fat and stop going because they think it’s some cardio class that isn’t working. Feel free to look into it: http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/truth-about-7-big-yoga-claims .Just had to clear that one up because I want everyone to practice correctly and get everything they can from the experience. Back to Soul Cycle - I love Soul Cycle and am so happy you posted about them! Just stumbled across this article a bit too late.

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  11. Olivia says:

    I find this post to be extremely offensive, as it lacks both evidence and originality.  Regardless of what gym you go to, where you ride, whatever it is - there are always going to be people worrying about how they look and who they’re sitting next to.  But to generalize all SoulCycle-goers as this type of person is wrong and insensitive.  To make fun of people who go to SoulCycle day in and day out, working their butts of and pushing themselves to be the best they can be is rude.  How can you attack someone who has done nothing but go into that studio and push past the boundaries they thought they never could ever achieve?  How can you justify that?  That bro you so harshly advise to “calm the fuck down” could be one of the nicest, most genuine people you have ever met.  In fact, that guy works at the front desk at SoulCycle and is training to become an instructor.  SoulCycle has changed the way he looks at life and he wants to share the joy he has found riding in that studio with others - he says that becoming an instructor is his way of helping make the world a better place, because when he walks out of that 45-minute class, sweet dripping down his face, his heart racing, he is a better person.  SoulCycle has bettered him, it has made him happy, and for you to ridicule him, or anyone for doing something that makes them happy is ludicrous, insensitive, and ultimately, it is just vile.  Who are you judge? That “overachieving loser” who sits next to him has also been changed by SoulCycle.  Little did you know that when she first started riding, she was insecure, lonely, and sad.  Now, this girl is confident and has made more true friends at SoulCycle than she ever thought possible.  Why does she sit front row?  Because she’s worked for it and she has earned it.  During her first class, she sat all the way in the back, in the corner.  But she worked her way up, she became a better, more confident rider and leader, and now she sits front row because she earned it.  That’s all it is - she earned it.  And for you to attack her, to insinuate that she is a “loser” when she asks about her performance on the bike because you say she’s trying to impress the instructor is anything but factual.  She asks about her performance because she wants to become a better rider - it is that simple.  She has found a second home in SoulCycle and true friends she can count on, and they share an unexplainable respect for one another because they understand that what they do in that studio is nothing close to a walk in the park; it is tough as shit.  They walk into that studio wanting to better themselves, and by bettering themselves they are bettering the people around them.  So, betches loves this, I suggest that before you generalize and stereotype the riders who work their asses off every single chance they get - because $30+ a class is expensive so you bet they’re going to work hard and make every penny count - check your facts to make sure that there is in fact a stereotype.  If that was the case, then this article would be valid.  But it is not.  What you have failed to display in this post is the family, the bonds, the friendships, and the loving of oneself SoulCycle has provided the chance for its riders to find - and that is something to write about.

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