I started working at Lululemon Athletica in Natick,MA in December 2015 when I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I loved this job, it gave me so many opportunities to explore new workouts and exercises, along with the opportunity to really work in a team environment, (plus I loved their clothes). Lululemon introduced me to SoulCycle. This was the beginning of my journey. Instantly, from the first class I took there December 28th 2015 with Liah Malley, I was so overwhelmingly in love. This was what I was meant to do, I thought to myself. Liah looked so happy up on that podium, cheering people on and leading them in a super sweaty and challenging workout. First thought was how do I apply, how to I obtain this job. I remember reaching out to Liah and asking her all about it and she was so happy she had decided to audition for them. I then decided to audition in NYC in March of 2016.
These auditions were one of the most terrifying things I have experienced. I started SoulCycle in December and I really thought I was ready and prepared to audition in March? REALLY?! No one is prepared for that. I remember having some of the most basic spinning songs picked out for this audition (I really didn't think it through), however I was comfortable spinning to those songs. I was so nervous, the audition was in West Village, there were 50+ people waiting around the studio when I walked in. All of them doing some sort of stretching/listening to music on headphones, I walked in 1. without my computer 2. with my hair pulled back in a bun 3. with no makeup on. I then realized this was basically an interview and you had to look your absolute best and act like you were already an instructor (at least thats what these other people were doing). I started talking to people and being overly friendly (nervous), asking them how long they had been riding for etc. Everyone there had been riding for at least one full year, and here I am two months in riding with SoulCycle like shitttt, realizing I once again was the small fish in a big pond. When it came time for the audition they lined you up in the spin room and went down the line with each person going up on the podium for a total of 1 min, getting to introduce themselves, and teach 20 seconds of each song. I felt good while I was actually doing the audition but I must have blacked everything out because I was so nervous. I found out a couple days later, I did not get called back and did not make it any further. No surprise there.
I continued spinning with Liah all spring and summer, and really progressing and working on making myself better. I knew I wanted this so badly still. Just because you get knocked down one time does not mean you give up. You continue pushing yourself until someone tells you yes, you made it. By August 2016, SoulCycle was having another round of auditions and I was allowed to audition again. I decided to submit my application to audition and hope for the best. I ended up getting an audition date, but unfortunately had to travel to NYC once again to do it. ROUND 2, here we go. I brought a bright pink outfit, one you definitely couldn't miss, I put on full make up, straightened my hair, wore a lil party pony, found crazy remixes of classic songs that no one had ever heard and I was ten times more confident. I walked into auditions this time around like I OWNED DAT SHIT. I got there so early, I brought my computer and was listening to my songs on my big headphones while I was stretching and prepping, I WAS SO READY. I was the 14th person to go in this audition. When it came time for me to get on the podium, I was cracking jokes and just completely myself. I did my 20 seconds each of two songs and then it was over. All I could do was hope for the best. A couple days later, while working at Legal Harborside, an email popped up on my phone from "SoulCycle Auditions", I did it. I got a callback! It was exactly a week later from that night. I had to start prepping. I instantly started looking for songs, outfits, choreography etc.
The time came for the callback, I felt ready, I felt like I could actually do it. I arrive at the same studio as my audition in NYC. There were only 12 of us there. I was assigned as the first one to go. They take us down to this secret room in the studio where they start telling us about new locations of SoulCycle opening up, the pay of starting instructors, the next training and how its going to run. I start getting so excited, thinking that I could be one of the people in the next training group. Since I was the first one to go, I was lead through this secret hallway where it lead you to another door. Behind this door was another studio. I walked in. All of the most important people in the company were sitting scattered throughout the room. I started getting nervous, my confidence went flying out the window. It was so intimidating. I start introducing myself on the podium, stuttering over my words and shaking while setting up the bike to my settings. I press play and give my 30 seconds of each song the best I could. If I could go back, I would have done two different styles of songs. I realized later that they were the exact same styles as my first audition. I left the callback and headed back to Boston. Somehow, I thought there was a chance of me making it, you never really know. Ten days later, YES THEY MADE ME WAIT TEN DAYS, I received an email saying how I did not make it into the training program this time around. I was crushed. heartbroken. All I kept thinking about was what I could have done differently, how I wish I had more confidence, I should have used different songs. After this, I went on a hiatus from SoulCycle for a little bit. This was tough to recover from.
I decided to focus more on my job at Lululemon. I moved stores up to a pop up seasonal shop in New Hampshire, leading inventory. I was happy here at that moment. I figured me being an indoor cycling instructor was not meant to be, YET. I ended up staying through January 2017, until the pop up store closed and then moved into a job completely out of my element as a Restaurant Manager/Events coordinator. This job was not for me, and was very short lived. I was the most miserable I have been while doing that job. The hours were long and I was never able to exercise anymore. While doing that job I reached out to another indoor cycling studio in Boston and asked if they were hiring instructors. I NEEDED to get out of the restaurant business. It turns out they were for their new studio opening up in Wellesley in the spring, which was perfect for me because I was living in Framingham at the time. I auditioned for them, and once again did not use judgement on my audition songs, as they were incredibly fast. I walked out of that audition thinking I completely blew it. A week later, I received an email saying that I had made it into the instructor training program! WHAT! FINALLY?! MY DREAMS WERE COMING TRUE. For over a year now, this is what I had wanted to do I was so so so excited and overjoyed.
I started riding non-stop at this studio, I once again fell in love and fell hard with their style of riding, the classes, the atmosphere. I was taking two to three classes a day and did not blink an eye about it. The training program started at the beginning of May 2017. Once that started that was pretty much a full time job. I would spend hours training, practicing, riding etc. I was so invested and put all my energy into it. During the middle of the six week training program, I went on family vacation to the Amalfi Coast Italy for a week. That was the best vacation of my life, but thats for a different blog post. I unfortunately missed a good chunk of training, while the other girls in my program kept practicing and progressing while I was away. When I returned it was evident that I was nervous I had fell behind while I was away. While I was practicing, it was like I was over-compensating for being away and trying too hard and just falling flat. I was so frustrated that I couldn't get across my emotional investment in teaching and I kept letting my nerves get in the way of my confidence. One day after I returned, I got an email saying I had be cut from the instructor training program for lack of progressing as fast as the others. Once agin, I was CRUSHED. I was completely knocked down. This blow was definitely the hardest to recover from. I was so frustrated because I was so close, I was two weeks away from teaching my first class at this point. I was at a loss. I had no idea what to do, what steps were next. This was going to be my full time job this summer and all of the sudden, early June and I'm jobless and heartbroken.
All I can say is THANK GOD. Thank GOD I was strong enough to pick myself up. Within two weeks of being dropped from training, I was in touch with Cyclebar Wellesley, setting up a time to audition. I went into that audition with so much knowledge and confidence after all I had been through. I walked into that audition and after the first song I completed, I was hired on the spot. I was ecstatic. Hired. Given times to teach. I went through a quick one hour training on their brand and their style, but that was it. A week later I was on the schedule showing people what I had. Now, I teach there every Thursday at 5:30pm, and pick up sub times as much as possible and could not be happier. The best high I will ever have is being up on that podium teaching, and I think its a much sweeter feeling knowing how hard it was to get there.
I'm Carly Biron, a fitness and exercise enthusiast. This whole idea stemmed from me starting a job where I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have been through a long journey of trying to break into the fitness industry, which is why I essentially created this page.