At the forefront of the fitness industry, spinning studio SoulCycle has been taking the country by storm as they inspire their devotees to "take your journey," "change your body," and "find your soul." While those three ideals sound quite promising for anyone, they might sound even more appealing to brides-to-be in the throes of wedding planning. We all know how working, working out, managing day to day life AND planning a wedding can be über-overwhelming, to say the least. In an effort to seek out some soulful advice, BRIDES caught up with three top New York City SoulCycle instructors (who just happen to be engaged!) to see exactly what they have to say about managing pre-wedding fitness, stressors AND wedding planning.
Erin Thomas has been teaching at SoulCycle for 4 years, after having become "totally obsessed" with the class. She describes the studio as, "the place I would go to whenever I needed to get through a tough time, spice up a boring day, or celebrate a major life moment. Erin's biggest major life moment is just around the corner, as her fiancé of 5 years, Adam, popped the question last winter in with a super romantic proposal.
Emily Turner, a Senior Instructor, has 5 years as an instructor, and one year of engagement under her belt. Her proposal, in true New York City style, included a walk through Gramercy Park with her love, TJ, that ended with an obvious and excited, "yes!"
Senior Instructor Becca Raphael will soon be marrying her college sweetheart, Ryan, who proposed last winter. She has a 4-year history at the studio, having worked her way up through the ranks of front desk crew, Instructor, Senior Instructor, and now the Instructor Market Integration Program, all while planning a wedding!
Working out, AND wedding planning? You Can't Be Serious!
Obviously, we HAD to ask these super fit instructors for their best pre-wedding workout tips.
Erin: "Just be consistent! And the best way to do that is to find something you LOVE doing. Whether that means setting up work out dates with friends, actually making friends where you work out, or getting to know your instructor. Instead of just focusing on the date of your wedding, maybe this will be a total lifestyle change for you. I have so many regular riders who started out as brides getting into shape for the big day, and now view SoulCycle as such an integral part of every day, not just the "big day." Also: turn up your resistance, people."
Emily: "SoulCycle, obviously!! And, yoga."
Becca: "Start early!! A crash diet paired with crammed workouts will only make you feel rushed and stressed leading up to the big day. Give yourself time to find a routine that works for you and stick with it. Who knows...it could end up to be an ongoing lifestyle shift."
We all know how important (but difficult) it is to find some time to rest and relax when planning a wedding. While it's easier said than done, the ladies shared their best remedies.
Erin: "I think reminding yourself that it is just one day of your life helps take away stress. You literally have the same amount of hours on this day as any other day, there is so much you cannot control. Focus on what you CAN control, and let the rest go."
Emily: "Get organized and do a little at a time."
Becca: "I have the most Type A personality you can imagine. I need to feel in control of pretty much everything. That being said, and in hindsight, you have to allow people to help. When someone offers to take something off your plate, LET THEM!!! At the end of the day, you have to remember that the wedding is probably not going to happen the way you envisioned it when you were a little girl. As long as you and your partner remember that it's just about the two of you and celebrating the rest of your lives. "
Erin, Emily, and Becca all have some pretty great ideas to help both you and your partner make the most of such a special time. From cherishing the small moments to popping some corks when necessary, here are some of their top recommendations.
Erin: "The advice most people gave me is to just enjoy this time that you are engaged. As a couple you will never be back here, so just live in it. Giggle every time you say "fiancée" because of how silly it sounds. Get comfortable with the fact that your wedding plans will change 50 different times before you find the right venue, vendors, everything. Don't spend too much time on Pinterest if you want to maintain your sanity. Think more about the person you are marrying and less about the flowers. This is the one time in your life that everyone you love is coming together for YOU."
Emily: "Enjoy every second. When you get stressed, put down the spreadsheet, pop some bubbly and watch a silly wedding movie with your partner (Wedding Crashers!) Oh, and be nice to all the vendors, no one likes a bridezilla."
Becca: "Enjoy it!! Milk it!! This may be the only time in your life when it's ok to be a little selfish. Indulge in those shoes you've been eyeing. Splurge on boutique fitness classes. Have date nights more often and make them more indulgent. These are the moments that are just about you and your partner, so make sure you have a blast while the planning flies by."