If you’ve taken a SoulCycle® class in New York or Miami, it’s likely you’ve clipped into a stationary bike under the direction of Tomas Mikuzis-Boston. In 2012, the 37-year-old Chicago native was personally plucked from his gig at a chain gym, and recruited by SoulCycle founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler. “I taught group fitness, did personal training, and created classes for Crunch℠, and they moved me to Miami,” recalls Mikuzis-Boston. “Then I met my husband, who lived in New York. I moved up to New York with Crunch — and that's when SoulCycle found me.”
Since that fateful day, Mikuzis-Boston has tapped it back in the yellow-themed, lights-out studios for eight years. His in-person and virtual classes (more on that in a moment) involve feel-good pop music (think: hits from artists like P!nk), positive energy, and motivational nuggets that push riders to do their personal best. The wheel has continued to spin in his favor since joining the SoulCyle team: now, Mikuzis-Bostin is excitedly turning up the resistance as he teaches on-demand classes through Variis℠, Equinox’s® digital platform, which launched in March. Talent and timing may have been a factor in his pursuits, but his attitude has certainly played a major role in his success.
“The best career advice that I've ever gotten is ‘be your true authentic self,’” said Mikuzis-Boston. “I don't act a certain way to get more followers. I don't do things to get more people into my class. I'm going to be myself — because that's going to bring the true authentic people to my class and to my [social media] pages.”
Since he first started his fitness career 15 years ago, Mikuzis-Boston has worked on multiple business projects of his own, including FitnessByTomas℠ one-on-one training, in addition to dabbling in real estate. Also, within that span of time, he and his husband became fur-parents to two toy poodles (Kaju and Eva), and Mikuzis-Boston added injectables to his regimen. Since he inspires the masses with multiple mantras (as SoulCycle instructors do), we had to know what personal statements and grooming products keep Mikuzis-Boston feeling his very best — and what a typical day entails. Keep reading to learn more about him.
Spotlyte: What’s a day in your (cycling) shoes like?
Tomas Mikuzis-Boston: First, I have my coffee, because it’s my “go-go juice.” I wash my face and add my lotions and potions. Next, it depends on if I teach a morning class or if I have an evening class. I usually like to start my day off with a workout. If I have an evening class, I will do a high-intensity interval-type of training — just because it balances out my body from all the cycling that I do.
I don't really eat until about noon or 1 p.m., because I'm answering emails and getting business done. I have a later lunch. Then, I nap. I'm a professional napper. I have to take at least an hour to an hour-and-a-half-long nap a day, because of the amount of energy that I exert. From there, I go to [teach] my evening classes, whether it's in Miami or New York. I get my stretch in after my classes, make dinner or go to dinner, and then just relax and catch up on anything that I've missed throughout the day.
Spotlyte: What do your personal workouts entail?
TMB: I love group fitness. There's never a day that I don't wake up wanting to learn something new. I try to take other instructors’ classes, whether it be at SoulCycle or at another fitness company. You can learn from everybody and anyone. I've been in the industry for so long, but I'm still learning each and every day.
Spotlyte: With sweat taken into consideration, what does your morning skincare routine entail?
TMB: What I love to do is exfoliate. I use Grown Alchemist® Polishing Facial Exfoliant, because it's a lighter, grainier type of consistency, and I love the formula that they use. If I'm going with a regular type of cleanser, I like Chanel® Le Lait℠ Doucher D’Huile Anti-pollution Milk-to-Oil. Once you're done, your skin feels so soft. It really, really cleans my face nice and easy.
I always use my Heyday® Jade Roller. I love the “wakeup feel" from the cold roller. I keep mine in the refrigerator! I put on a lot of SPF. My favorite one is Supergoop!® Unseen Sunscreen® SPF 40. It's incredible. I also am a big user of Kiehl's® Facial Fuel® Eye De-Puffer. I love using that after I wash my face to give my eyes some love right away. That is always with me in my bag. I also use an amazing eye cream on top of my Kiehl’s; Sunday Riley® Auto Correct® Brightening and Depuffing Eye Cream is my life — I am a big Sunday Riley guy. I love Sunday Riley Good Genes® Treatment; it is lifesaving to me. I do like to layer, so that everything absorbs. I use Clarins® Super Restorative Remodelling SerumTM. It feels heavenly on the skin!
Editor’s note: If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor before using a gua sha or rolling tool.
I follow all this with a few passes of my YEAMONTM 2-IN-1 Beauty Bar 24k Golden Pulse Facial Face MassagerTM — that gets out any extra puffiness under my eyes or face. Why not get a little massage in the morning? My final step after all of this: my eye patches. I've always been obsessed with PeterThomasRoth® Cucumber De-Tox® Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. That's a ritual for me in the morning. I put them on to help seal in all that goodness under my eyes.
Spotlyte: What is your evening skincare routine?
TMB: After a day of sweating and running around, my skin gets a little oily at night. I wash my face at night with Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cleanser. It helps dry out my skin a little, and I have been using it for years. I like to prep my skin with the MAC® Prep + PrimeTM Fix+. I always keep this in my bag just for a freshening up and a little bit of extra moisturizer when I need it.
From there, I do microneedling three to four times a week. I feel it helps my skin feel softer, and helps all the product absorb better into my skin. I use Prosper Beauty’s® Derma Roller Microneedle 6-Piece Kit. After washing my face, I go right into Fresh® Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate Cream and Fresh Black Tea Firming Eye Serum. Both together are my favorite for nighttime. Again, I use Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, and then Shiseido® Future Solution LX® Total Regenerating Moisturizer Cream. I seal all this in with La Mer® The Treatment LotionTM Hydrating Mask. I allow my mask to do its job, then I apply my last step for the evening: Sunday Riley LunaTM Sleeping Night Oil.
If I'm feeling like my skin is very dry, I will do IMAGE Skincare® Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque. I leave that on for five to 10 minutes. Naturopathica® White Tea Antioxidant Mask is a great one when I'm really, really dry. I leave that on for 10 minutes, and then I wipe it off.
Spotlyte: How has your grooming regimen evolved over time?
TMB: I'm blessed with good skin and good genes, so that is something that I have to stress. There isn’t a product that I wouldn't try. I constantly change my stuff, but I also keep certain products that I'm obsessed with in my regimen. You've got to take care of your skin. Anybody and everybody. It doesn't matter how old you are. Start as soon as you possibly can.
Spotlyte: What’s your stance on aging?
TMB: After 35, it's like, “I have to do something.” Listen, if the roof on your house is leaking and falling, wouldn't you fix it? Exactly. This is my body and it's the only home that I have to live in for the rest of my life.
Spotlyte: What treatments do you get?
TMB: Every month, once a month I do a HydraFacial®. I do Laser[Max] Genesis® and IPL for the face, neck, and chest. I do that once a month as well. I do PicoWay®, for fine lines and pigmentation, to make my skin nice and soft.
Editor’s note As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment.
Spotlyte: Do you get injectables?
TMB: Honey, there's not an injectable wrinkle reducer needle I do not like. I started getting injectables when I was 30. I go about every four months. I get it in my forehead and crow's feet. [Then, filler] maybe once a year, once every 16 months. I only started that in the past two years.
Editor’s note Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.
Spotlyte: Who's been your biggest cheerleader throughout your life and career?
TMB: My husband, Orlan Boston, is my number one cheerleader. He's always been in my corner. We've been together for 10 years, he has taken me to another whole level of love. He pushes me each and every day, and I do the same thing for him. That's a true relationship: We respect each other and we push each other to be our best. Sometimes there are things he says that I don't want to hear, but I need to hear. We look out for each other’s best interests. We are best friends.
Spotlyte: SoulCycle instructors typically have a ton of mantras. Do you have a personal one?
TMB: “Step outside your comfort zone, because you woke up today.” Try something new. Every day that we wake up, we’ve got to step outside our comfort zone — that's the only way that we can grow as humans and experience things. Why say no when it feels so good to say yes? Try something new, because you never know what you might like.
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