Meet SoulCycle Instructor Meg Ellis
Monica Jones | 2/8/2020, 6 p.m.
For over a decade SoulCycle has made a reputation for building a thriving community of fitness junkies, who scramble to the more than 80 studios worldwide to connect with their inner selves while reaching their fitness goals. Houston Style Magazine had a chance to catch up with SoulCycle instructor, Meg Ellis to provide tips on how you can stay intentional with your fitness resolution after Dry January, what keeps her motivates and how to incorporate the popular vegan trend into your lifestyle.
Houston Style Magazine: Briefly, detail your background and experience as a SoulCycle instructor or fitness expert.
Meg Ellis: Years ago, a marathon injury ended my running days and led me to an indoor cycling bike. I was hooked! I later became an instructor. I started at a gym, where I had to make CDs to play my music. The mic never worked and about five people showed up every week. I loved every second of it. Eventually, I found my way into boutique fitness which would inevitably lead me to SoulCycle. I remember my first class very vividly - I couldn’t name one song played or one choreography move we did but I remember the way I felt: alive with a fire inside. In the summer of 2019, I joined the amazing team of SoulCycle Instructors. I am very passionate about fitness, as it has had a huge impact on my mental and emotional health. I also teach Lagree at Fyre Fitness and co-founded my own start-up company - Sweatwork HTX - which is a consulting and networking company for fitness professionals, aiming to bring a sense of community within the fitness industry.
HSM: SoulCycle has become a fitness revolution since its existence what’s one thing you believe the brand stays true to that has made it so popular over the years?
ME: Human connection never goes out of style. SoulCycle is about the people. SOULFAM! The workout is secondary. I mean, sure, it’s going to be a crazy dance party that will kick your butt and make you cry and laugh at the same time but Soul is really just about the people and always will be. At Soul, you are encouraged to show up just as you are. No validation needed - where you are good enough - where you’re not expected to be perfect - where you do belong. Indoor cycling can be intimidating! I remember my first ride. But give it a chance - give yourself a chance. It might take a few tries to get the hang of it and that’s okay. You might have to sit the whole time - and that’s okay. You might not be able to do all the choreography - that’s okay. You are you, and that’s enough. Hang around for a bit and you’ll find that Soul people really are the best people.
HSM: We’ve all heard balance is key. What are some practical tips you can provide to riders who maybe struggling to find balance between exercising and dieting with a demanding schedule?