SoulCycle Training Week 1
Well we did it. We made it through week one of the SoulCycle instructor training program.
I didn’t know what to expect other than a whole lot of riding and sweating and for it to be tough, emotionally, physically and mentally.
I am so happy to report that I am feeling inspired, grounded, motivated, strong, uplifted…all the feelings! Yes it is difficult, but it just feels so right. I haven’t felt this happy everyday in a while. That is what makes it all worth it. Also, the thought of being able to offer someone the best part of their day…45 minutes of heart pumping love and endurance, that is what keeps me going.
A few learnings thus far:
- A balanced breakfast with all my macros and nutrients is more important than ever. I need a strong hit of carbs, fat and protein right in the morning. My mid-day meals have been wonky and I feel like this will be a trend that continues. I am riding between 2-4 hours each day on average, so I need a lot of quality fuel and nutrients!
- I cannot ride on a full stomach. I ate a salad last week before a drill and felt so nauseous the whole time.
- Apples, organic honeycrsip to be exact, are my best friend.
- Oat milk matcha lattes are also my best friend. Add collagen peptides and you’re set.
- Pair the apple with the matcha and I have a great snack with carbs, fats and a bit of protein (see collagen peptides note).
- Protein bars have become a thing, as well as no fruit green juices. I want to make sure I am getting enough protein and a protein bar is a quick option. I know it is a processed food but ya’ know what? I don’t care. As long as the ingredients are clean, it is a fast and nutritious option so that is what I need. Since I am not having a traditional “lunch”, a green juice is a great way for me to get fast vitamins.
- Dinner needs to be big. HUGE. Massive. Dinner will always include a big-ass-kitchen-sink-salad along with a main. I have been rotating through chickpea pasta and sweet potatoes as carbs (large serving here) with some veggies and either tempeh, fish or ground turkey breast.
- Snack before bed is imperative. My muscles undergo a lot of training during the day and the prime time for them to repair is while I am sleeping. A snack before bed is a great way to top up my calories and macros so my body can repair through the night.
- Hydrate with enough electrolytes + bcaas to keep my muscles and cells filled.
- Soak it all up and stay true to myself! Although the days are packed and the emotions are high, I am reminding to keep grounding myself into the day and soak up being in NYC again. This is an amazing experience and I don’t want to rush it or let it fly by without being present. I also am focusing on staying in my own lane and being my authentic pixie self. I was brought into this program for who I am and they want ME…they do not want another version of an existing instructor. I need to find and trust my voice.
Bonus: the sweat bag situation is real people. I am tossing those bags in the freezer and making a trip to the laundromat every 3 days or so. It takes a lot of sweaty spandex to pull through this program.