SoulCycle may be a trendy hit with celebrities and exercise fanatics across the country, but it’s safe to say that Carmen Farias isn’t a fan.
Farias is suing SoulCycle instructor Angela Davis for “gross negligence” that led to her injuring herself during her first spin class. She alleges that “the lack of instruction, design of the bike, volume of the music and darkness of the room” all combined to lead to an injury that continues to cause her physical and mental suffering to this date.
She claims that the instructor, Davis, mocked some of the riders who were slowing down, which Farias perceived as an insult to her. That the SoulCycle class was part of a corporate event, Farias claims she was especially embarrassed to be called out in front of her employers and colleagues.
Farias claims that fatigue caused her to fall off her bike, leaving her “catastrophically injured” when the pedals, still driven by the momentum of the bike’s flywheel, repeated banged into her ankle.
Although Farias says she completed and signed the new rider waiver that SoulCycle requires, she claims to have left it at work. She also claims that any waiver she signed at the studio was unenforceable because they failed to provide her with a copy.
Farias is seeking a jury trial and an unspecified amount of damages in the case.