How this SoulCycle instructor found the mental strength to ‘rebuild’ after stroke


SoulCycle instructor Trammell was leading high-intensity spin classes every day of the week in 2018. He was a keen fitness enthusiast from an early age and had a background of dance and martial arts. He believed he was in good health.

He noticed that he was feeling out of breath during a SoulCycle class in January 2018. Shortness of breath combined with bodily pain and feelings blockage eventually led to night sweats and flu-like symptoms. He went to the doctor on February 1st, and was diagnosed with a murmur of the heart. He booked an Uber for a meeting the next day. However, he fell asleep as soon as he got into the Uber.

Logan stated, “Intensely, my body just felt as if it went into shock.” From that point, everything went down. Although it was cold outside, I began to sweat. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. It was clear that there was something wrong. I couldn’t read, and I couldn’t speak.

Logan was quickly taken to the hospital where he was informed that he had a pulmonary embolism. His symptoms were caused by a decrease in oxygen levels.

Logan said that they told Logan, “When they checked my oxygen levels, they said that you should be dead.” “(The doctor) “The only thing that saved my life was whoever is looking at you from above and that you exercise so hard.”

Open-heart surgery was performed and a total of 12 blood clots were removed. Logan stated that he spent some time in ICU and had lost 35 pounds. He was determined to return to his active lifestyle as soon as possible, even though he was still in the ICU. Although it was difficult at first, he soon adjusted and was “working out fine” for two years.

Logan stated, “Fast forward from last-year, and to COVID March, when everything was shut down.” “I received COVID in the week that followed.”

Logan stated that he experienced only minor symptoms in his lower bodies, and that the symptoms disappeared after four days. He suffered a stroke several months later. A number of studies have shown that an higher risk of stroke is linked to COVID-19 diagnose.

“In May… “In May… Logan said that my right hand couldn’t move at all. “When I tried to tell you something wrong, my speech was lost. “I couldn’t speak.”

Logan stated that his speech had begun to return by the time his brother (who lived across the street) came to check on Logan, but that he still felt strange. Because of the ongoing pandemic, Logan was initially hesitant about going into the hospital. However, after talking to friends with medical expertise, he finally went.

Logan stated that it was difficult to deal with multiple health crises at once, especially when the conditions came “out of nowhere.”

Logan stated, “I have always been very healthy. I didn’t drink my first drink until 26 years old. I’ve always loved food and being active so it was frustrating to not know what your body was like.”

According to Logan, recovering from a stroke is extremely difficult. He compared it with “rebuilding” after a catastrophe. Logan stated that it was difficult to sit up and that walking to the toilet became an accomplishment.

Logan stated that it was mentally very difficult. In a flash, you can go from being active and teaching 27 classes per week to doing that in a matter of seconds. Your life was dominated by fear and death, as well as possible brain damage. They can’t promise that a stroke won’t happen again once you’ve had one. High blood pressure can cause another stroke. You need to be aware of your mental state and reduce stress. This gives you a better perspective of life and how fragile it is.

Logan stated that he realized almost instantly how vital mental health was to his recovery. Logan said that he “instantly” started to use tools such as allowing himself to feel deeply and communicating with others to help him recover mentally. Logan also said that he was a big fan of meditation and breathwork.

Logan stated that honesty and accountability are key to resilience. However, you must not allow yourself to be victimized. Logan also said that resiliency requires allowing yourself to feel what it is you need, and with the goal of learning from it.

Logan said that he is now riding at SoulCycle again, but it took him a while to feel comfortable enough to lead classes again. He now tries to balance his mental and physical health.Logan stated, “I became an example for everything we’re discussing (in classes)”. Logan said that he shares his mental health awareness and coping strategies with others riders and hopes that people who are in trouble can take comfort from his words and feel inspired to seek out help from loved ones and mental health professionals.Logan stated that mental health can be tied to preconceived notions. Logan suggested that it is important to really get to know yourself, learn about your environment and set realistic expectations. My advice to anyone is to take better care of your physical health and visualise working out. Then, seek help from friends or therapy.