SoulCycle: Julie Rice & Elizabeth Cutler

Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler founded SoulCycle.
Phuong Nguyen
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler founded SoulCycle.

Phuong Nguyen

Before Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice met, they shared a common belief: New York City gyms didn’t have the kind of exercise classes they craved, and each of them wanted to change that.

A fitness instructor introduced them over lunch in 2005, and before the meal was done they were set on opening a stationary bike studio, with a chic and aspirational vibe.

A few months later, the first SoulCycle opened in upper Manhattan.

Today, SoulCycle has cultivated a near-tribal devotion among its clients, with studios across the United States and Canada.

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