Usually you go to a fitness class to do something good for yourself, but on Friday, April 5, 2013, Revlon and SoulCycle sponsored an indoor cycling class that benefited more than just the riders. For each participant in the 45-minute class, Revlon donated $100 to the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, which raises money for women’s cancer research and treatment.
SoulCycle set up dual rides on both the East and West Coast with Revlon Brand Ambassador Olivia Wilde hosting in New York and SoulCycle instructor Kym Perfetto leading in Los Angeles. Both women have strong ties to cancer awareness. Olivia will be co-hosting the run/walk in NYC on Saturday, May 4, 2013 with Emma Stone. Kym Perfetto’s brother has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she’s donated money to fund cancer research every year since he was diagnosed.
Kym’s passion for the cause was evident in the way she led the class. “Remember who you’re riding for,” she encouraged us. “Everybody has somebody.” But to call it an “indoor cycling class” would be like calling a rave a low-key night out with friends. SoulCycle classes are very discotech-meets-indoor-cycling, with pulsing nightclub music DJ-ed by the instructor and dim overhead lights with a few candles on the instructor’s platform. But don’t let the hip vibe make you think you’re in for an easy ride.
Throughout the class, Kym reminded us that this wasn’t the hardest thing we were going to do in our lives. As we pedaled along to the beat of Swedish House Mafia and Kelly Clarkson remixes, she challenged us to continually up the resistance, quicken our pace, or change positions to target different muscle groups. At one point, we even incorporated one- to three-pound hand weights for an added upper-body workout. There wasn’t a sweat-free brow in the room. “We don’t work out because we hate our bodies; we work out because we love our bodies,” Kym reminded us.
Yet at the end of a physically and emotionally intense class, it felt like we had really done something bigger than ourselves. By sharing the story of her brother’s cancer, it made what we were working for that much more real. Sweat-soaked though we were, our efforts were for that somebody each of us knows and loves who has battled cancer.