The Crazy AM Routines of SoulCycle Instructors

By Alyse Borkan  |  Sep 8, 2016
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If your morning routine consists of hitting snooze a few times, scrolling through Instagram, and running to Starbucks, you’re not alone. But if you teach a 6am SoulCycle class, you have to rise and shine with the sun. There’s no time to waste staring at your ceiling, convincing yourself you have 5 more minutes.

Curious about their morning motivations? We asked a couple of SoulCycle instructors exactly how they do it.

Name
Rique Uresti

When does your alarm go off?
4:30 AM

Do you ever hit snooze?
Yes. Four times, which gets me up by 5:05 AM.

What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Kiss my husband and give my puppy belly rubs.

How do you fuel up before SOUL?
Cold brew coffee. A lot of it.

Do you have any special routines in the morning?
I sit on the couch for a few minutes and wonder if this will be the last time I wake up this early, but then coffee kicks and some of my ROOSTERS’ faces pop into my head.

How do you get to the studio?
I walk.

What’s the last thing you do before you teach your first ride of the day?
Squirt water at a front desk person just in case they’re asleep.


Name
Willie Homes

When does your alarm go off?
5:00 AM… then snooze until 05:15 AM.

 Do you ever hit snooze?
Yes of course. I literally have to say out loud, “Get up.” I sit up, then say, “Get up” again, just to put my feet on the ground. Then another “Get up, get up, get up” to stand.

What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Turn on the shower, super hot, to wake up. I then brush my teeth while the water warms.

How do you fuel up before SOUL?
I have a V8 Fusion and a bowl of Cheerio’s. I like to think that I’m lowering my cholesterol, one Cheerio at a time.

Do you have any special routines in the morning?
I listen to the playlist for my ride in the car and stretch at the studio before class. Getting there early is the most important thing.

How do you get to the studio?
Uber. It’s too early to drive. 

What’s the last thing you do before you teach your first ride of the day?
I close my eyes and listen to the climatic moments in each new song. When the music stops, I keep my eyes closed and think of something positive. I say ‘thank you’ for the opportunity to do what I do, and remind myself that I am here to do my and my job is to lead, inspire and encourage, no matter how I feel or how tired I am.

 

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