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Lately I’ve been in the mood to punch someone. I’m not proud of that. But the political drama of the past month has made me feel like I’m perpetually stuck in rush hour on the Connector, white-knuckling the steering wheel and pointlessly screaming.
You carry a rucksack filled with weights. There is no finish line. No dinner, no sleep. You might crawl through the mud, or burpees until you want to puke. Why would anyone want to take this Challenge? FAQ from someone who's done two.
Let me start with an admission: I'm not really a “barre girl.” I favor boot camps that bring you pretty close to the point of puking. So I thought maybe Pure Barre’s new format, Platform, would be a better fit for me.
The name "SoulCycle" is often spoken in hushed tones, with a reverence more often reserved for the capsule collections at Target. So it makes sense that the indoor-cycling studio with a cult-like following would pair up with the fast-fashion-plus-groceries and-bathmats mecca for pop-up classes in 10 cities.
We're all wearing Kangoo Jump Boots, which look like rollerblades, but instead of wheels on the soles there are half-moon-shaped tension springs. When you stand still you have to balance, and when you move you have to bounce.
They say the body is a temple, and some people certainly treat the gym like a church, following the workout of the day like it’s one of the Ten Commandments. But these days, some Christian churchgoers are doing more to combine faith and fitness, placing a premium on the health of the body as well as the soul.