How SoulCycle’s Co-Founders Turned a Grueling Workout Into a Spiritual Empire

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Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice have much in common. Both are New Yorkers and young, driven professionals for whom career and exercise are important. Ten years ago, over lunch, they discovered another thing they had in common: They both disliked all the gyms in New York.

Finding a rigorous workout was simple enough, but none seemed to be any fun. None of the gyms they'd seen nurtured a community of overworked, overstimulated urbanites by offering a meditative, blissful experience that also scorches calories.



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