Tonight is just one of those nights where life finally slowed down and I get to reflect on something I am so thankful for. Something that has completely transformed my life in so many ways. Something that has brought me to the strong, empowered woman I am today.
Now, for those of you who are skeptical of the indoor-cycling experience, let me tell you, I totally get it. It’s hip, it’s trendy, it’s the cool way to work out, etc. But y’all. This space is so much more than just a work out.
My first studio, my one, true love, Zyn 22, completely transformed how I viewed my body and all that it’s capable of. It also carried me through and helped me find my strength again after a low time of rejection in my life. Yup, that’s right, I said rejection. We all face it folks. Through the inspiration of the instructors who believed in me and never let me settle for anything less than my best every time I entered the studio, I began to believe in myself again and believe that I deserved nothing short of the very best. Every time I left the studio, I held my head a little higher, having just reminded myself of how much stronger I was than I thought.
See, when you are in that dark studio, with leaders cheering you on, encouraging you to simultaneously show yourself grace and gratitude for where you are at but to also not settle and always push for more, you experience
Freedom, even for just 45 minutes, from all that is outside. Freedom from fears or worries or to-do lists. Freedom from hurt or pain. All you have to focus on is yourself. And what a rarity it is in a day to be able to connect with ourselves and how we are feeling and how we are growing with zero distractions. And, not to mention, usually a poppin playlist.
Not only have I experienced personal transformation from my years of cycling, but these people that lead me become my family. These studios are about
They are about providing you a space and a squad who will cheer you on no matter what. They push you because they love you and believe in you. When you walk into the studio, you are greeted with smiling faces, positive energy, and maybe even a sweaty hug if you’re lucky.
I’ve found my new cycling home here in Memphis at Cyclebar and I am so grateful. Some of my best friends already were going there when I moved here, and now I am making new friends as I go more and more. I’ll gab with my best friend, G, on the phone about our cycling studios and how much they mean to us. And my girl Megan and I will plan out our cycling schedules together before the week begins. This community is such a blessing and this form of exercise has transformed how I view myself and what I expect for myself.
So, my challenge to you is, if you haven’t tried a cycling class yet – DO IT! I promise it gets better the more you go…trust me, I literally cried the first time I went my legs hurt so bad. Not only is it transformative for your body, but for your heart and soul. You will leave feeling stronger than when you came, energized to live your life with gratitude and expectancy of nothing but your very best.
Ultimately, no matter what you do, my hope is that you have your space where you can find your freedom in a day. Where you can be reminded of how worthy of love and time and investment you are. Because, my friend, you are worth more than you can imagine and deserve nothing short of the absolute best.
Also, shout out to my BFF roomies at our BFF ride back in May. Thank you for always being my biggest supporters Rachel and Mo!!