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Cycling with the soul; USO hosts indoor exercise program

A participant of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, prepares herself before it starts at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Ramstein’s USO and the 86th Force Support Squadron hosted the indoor cycling classes as a method of keeping the exercise options in the Kaiserslautern Military Community refreshing and exciting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A participant of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, prepares herself before it starts at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Ramstein’s USO and the 86th Force Support Squadron hosted the indoor cycling classes as a method of keeping the exercise options in the Kaiserslautern Military Community refreshing and exciting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Participants of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, prepare themselves at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Ramstein’s USO and the 86th Force Support Squadron hosted the indoor cycling classes as a method of keeping the exercise options in the Kaiserslautern Military Community refreshing and exciting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Participants of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, prepare themselves at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Ramstein’s USO and the 86th Force Support Squadron hosted the indoor cycling classes as a method of keeping the exercise options in the Kaiserslautern Military Community refreshing and exciting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Participants of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, warm up prior to the start of the event at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Dozens of stationary bicycles were in compact rows within the small room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Participants of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, warm up prior to the start of the event at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Dozens of stationary bicycles were in compact rows within the small room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Participants of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, share a conversation as they warm up at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Hundreds of Kaiserslautern Military Community members participated in the hour-long cycling event. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Participants of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, share a conversation as they warm up at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Hundreds of Kaiserslautern Military Community members participated in the hour-long cycling event. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A disc jockey plays music during a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. SoulCycle, an American fitness company, offers mood lighting, a cadre of support staff to help its participants throughout the class, and musical beats to choreograph cycling moves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

A disc jockey plays music during a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. SoulCycle, an American fitness company, offers mood lighting, a cadre of support staff to help its participants throughout the class, and musical beats to choreograph cycling moves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Tomas Mikzus, SoulCycle instructor, riles up a crowd at a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Participants rode stationary bicycles in rhythm with their instructors, moving through several exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Tomas Mikzus, SoulCycle instructor, riles up a crowd at a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Participants rode stationary bicycles in rhythm with their instructors, moving through several exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Tomas Mikzus, SoulCycle instructor, marks the halfway point of an exercise during a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Participants rode stationary bicycles in rhythm with their instructors, moving through several exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Tomas Mikzus, SoulCycle instructor, marks the halfway point of an exercise during a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, SoulCycle, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. Participants rode stationary bicycles in rhythm with their instructors, moving through several exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Tomas Mikzus, instructor of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, celebrates with his class as they finish a workout at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. The 75-person classes drew cyclists and curious individuals across the Kaiserslautern Military Community by offering something different. SoulCycle, an American fitness company, offers mood lighting, a cadre of support staff to help its participants throughout the class and musical beats to choreograph cycling moves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Tomas Mikzus, instructor of a United Service Organizations-hosted cycling class, celebrates with his class as they finish a workout at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 15, 2016. The 75-person classes drew cyclists and curious individuals across the Kaiserslautern Military Community by offering something different. SoulCycle, an American fitness company, offers mood lighting, a cadre of support staff to help its participants throughout the class and musical beats to choreograph cycling moves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community attended a SoulCycle class hosted by the United Service Organizations at the Southside Fitness Center, Nov. 15-16, 2016.

The class, temporarily built in the gym for two days, challenged participants to push themselves to their limits..

One of the people who helped host the event, Steve Lowe, 86th Force Support Squadron fitness center manager, said the class brought something different to the active community.

“People like to try different things at both fitness centers here on base,” Lowe said. “Spinning happens to be one of the most popular exercises I’ve noticed. I hope that getting SoulCycle enhances the community’s drive to try more activities and classes here.”

Hundreds of KMC members attended the hour-long class. SoulCycle, an American fitness company, offered mood lighting, a cadre of support staff to help its participants throughout the class, and musical beats to choreograph cycling moves.

One member who signed up for the class was Meaghan Wynn, 86th FSS visual information specialist. The course brings camaraderie and morale to the community, she said.

“I went there, and I felt it was an awesome time,” Wynn said. “In the classes, there are 75 strangers in a small, cramped space, but by the time the music is fading and the sweat is wiped off, everybody is high-fiving each other. The time goes by so fast because you’re so concentrated and motivated by the people around you. It says a lot about the community here!”

Throughout the year, the 86th FSS has teamed up with the USO to provide new tastes of entertainment and fitness for the community to enjoy. For more information on future events around the KMC, visit https://www.86fss.com.