In the world of exercises classes, Soul Cycle has become nothing short of a phenomenon.

With its exhaustive workouts, club-like atmosphere of dark rooms and booming music, spin classes have been taken to an entirely new level. The calorie-burning payoff and trendy appeal have brought countless celebrities on board like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon.

But it's one thing for Maverick from Top Gun or Ren from Footloose to swear by a new workout method. It's another for Wizards point guard John Wall, an NBA All-Star, to provide a testimonial.

Wall, 28, is one of the best in the world at a sport that requires its players to be in remarkable physical shape. Known as the fastest player in the NBA, Wall can maintain his burst night after night throughout 48-minute games, and do so at 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds.

Even for a guy who often matches up with Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving, Soul Cycle pushes Wall to his limits.

"It's really tough," he told NBC Sports Washington. "You've gotta think. Bro, you're going 30 minutes hard. It's a challenge for me. It's a challenge to try to continue to ride the bike for a long period of time. It's just something new. I like challenges."

Wall's view of Soul Cycle may match up with many who have participated in classes before. He picks his favorite instructors based in part on their music choices. 

"The fun thing is you get to listen to music. In game, you don't get to listen to any music unless they play it during a timeout," he said.


Wall likes to work out to trap music and that has often lined him up with a local instructor named Jonas, who has also trained Michelle Obama and other celebrities making stops in D.C. [full disclosure: the wife of a super cool Wizards reporter also considers Jonas her favorite instructor]

Wall also pays attention to the room when he's on the bike. Classes often host as many as 40 to 50 people and the machines are stacked closely together. Wall is competitive as a professional athlete and doesn't leave that drive at the door.

"It's challenging because you see the person next to you and you're like, 'if they ain't stopping, why am I gonna stop?' When you're working out with other people, it pushes you. You don't want to be the guy who is the sucker in the group or the sucker in the class," he said.

Wall has been doing Soul Cycle classes for over a year now and appears to be an early adopter in the workout world. He says the next wave to sweep the country may be Rise Nation.

Like Soul Cycle, Rise Nation is a class that ranges from 30 minutes to an hour and is heavy on the music. Except, Rise Nation utilizes versaclimbing, which works both the upper and lower body on a machine that simulates climbing a ladder.

Wall will seek any edge he can find to stay ahead of the competition in the NBA. Sometimes, that means enrolling in a class at his local workout studio, just like the rest of us.