You guys have seen him ride my instructor bike at Soul Cycle when I’m on my 3rd class and too pooped to do it. You’ve seen him kill it in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd row on any other given day- pushing seriously hard on the sprints and hills, inspiring all those around him to do the same.
This is Ben Turshen. He started as a student in my class and now he’s graduated to the instructor apprentice program at Soul Cycle. Now that he’s into outdoor riding, he’s been nudging me out of retirement to race again. We did this past weekend- an alleycat in Brooklyn. Ben and I came in 1st and 2nd respectively!
While I was applying for BIGGEST LOSER, Ben wrote this awesome testimonial for me. And while BL’s newest trainer Anna Kournikova may not inspire many —— Ben’s story sure will:
A year ago, I walked into Soul Cycle with my sister to take my first spin class with Kym. Entering the studio, among other things, I thought to myself this chick [Kym] is hard core—a tattooed rock star with abs that would make even Calvin Klein drool. This was different from any other spin class I had ever heard of—“Soul Bands”, created and designed by Kym herself, featured resistance bands hanging from the ceiling that riders use to do abdominal and upper body exercises, all while continue to pedal against resistance on a spin bike.
After three years of law school and over a year working as a junior associate at a big law firm, I had let myself go. My weight fluctuated between 205 and 210 lbs. My problem wasn’t that I