Welcome to Workout Wednesdays! Each Wednesday, we will be providing you with the inside scoop on all things fitness! This week read about how we embarked on a journey to not only change our bodies but find our soul. SoulCycle established its presence as the go-to cycling workout long ago. Their formula of cardio fitness, motivational statements and star worthy trainers are just a few of the reasons their momentum has never deterred but rather gained traction. We spoke to Liz Chestang about how and why she became a SoulCycle warrior. 

What makes SoulCycle stand out?
SoulCycle is FUN! It’s fresh, bright and extremely inviting. The experience we offer is one that any person from any background can enjoy and benefit from.

Tell us about your background as a fitness instructor?
I’ve always loved being active. I grew up dancing, so fitness has always been a part of my lifestyle. Upon moving to New York, and before teaching at Soul, I became AFAA certified in group fitness and taught group and private dance cardio classes.

What’s the one thing you always do when planning a class?
I think about how I am feeling on a particular day and construct my playlists and messages according to my own feelings. I figure if I’m honest about my feelings in any given moment, I can create an authentic experience that my riders can relate to.

What are your go-to pre and post workout snack?

I never like to eat too much before class, so I usually go with a piece of fruit or a snack bar (I love Chia bars and Go Macro) and after class, I’ll treat myself to a smoothie or juice (I love Juice Generation Peanut butter split).

What is your ultimate health/fitness tip you swear by?

Good old fashioned sleep and hydration. I once read that getting enough sleep and water can solve a multitude of everyday problems. I also read that waking up after a night of fewer than 4 hours of sleep, is almost equivalent to being intoxicated. Go to sleep. Drink some water.

I always tell people who are intimidated to take class to?
There is absolutely nothing to lose!! Taking risks and doing things we are uncomfortable with are a part of life. I think a lot of people get caught up in comparisons to others in the class and general feelings of failure and embarrassment. What if every day we were open to possibility and guilt-free risk taking? What if we decided not to judge ourselves and let progression happen naturally? Just come! Start today!

When I’m feeling unmotivated to work out I?
Remind myself of how lucky I am to have an able body and an able mind and the miraculous ability to move. Movement is something that we all take for granted. That’s usually motivation enough, but I also think about my riders and how I have the responsibility and the honor to make someone’s day better. I can’t take that responsibility for granted.

Can you share your number one way to unwind/destress?

As a dancer, I like to get grounded, literally. Sometimes I like to lay down on the floor. It’s a kind of “active meditation” for me. Just lay down, slow down, breathe. I also love mineral baths and nothing beats a good massage.

 

 

Photos via SoulCycle

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