I’m a firm believer that to create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, when it comes to exercise you must enjoy it. I love my Pilates and Yoga but I really struggle with cardio. I’ve tried running, swimming, Personal training in London and once upon a time tried one spin class at a gym that left me feeling like I’d wasted 45 precious minutes of my life wheeling my legs around on a static metal bike. So let’s just say I have been a little skeptical when it comes to spin classes or shall we say intense workouts in general. I love flowing movements, a tranquil room and calm music…until NOW! Psycle is a spin studio in Oxford Circus that is gives you a high intensity full body workout on a bike with music and motivating instructors- similar to Soul Cycle in America.
After my first session, I felt like I’d somehow done a cardio workout, yoga session, weight session, meditated and gone to a night club to dance the night away all rolled into one. It was the best feeling, an addictive feeling! I wanted more! Now don’t get me wrong- during the session was a little different. I thought I was going to die! Although I do believe I now had one of the toughest instructors Rhian who is an inspiration to say the least.
I had been eager to try Psycle since the opening of the luxe bike studio earlier this year. I am so glad, I finally got around to going because Psycle slapped me around the face, kicked my butt and made me realize I need to do more of this type of exercise. Not only feel did I feel incredible after but want to get back on that bike again and again! Falling in love with fitness is the best feeling!
So what makes Psycle so bloody brilliant…
Firstly, like I said, I thought I was going to die, probably not the most encouraging statement. I know I am a healthy fit girl, I’m flexible and strong and used to be a great long distance runner, I love my little tabata workouts that get my heart rate up but boy my heart hadn’t worked it’s little socks off like it did in Psycle for a long time, which probably affected my circadian rhythm too. Getting to the point, where you physically can’t do anymore is so good for your stamina, heart health and metabolism.
It’s a full body workout! During the class, you’re moving to the beat of the music (or attempting to) doing various arm positions on the bike to target different areas of your upper arms and shoulders, it truly makes your arms exhausted especially when the weight section comes around. I love this because I’m all about being “hashtag” strong not skinny and fit not thin.
There’s so many other positives about Psycle that could make me rave on and on including the music, luxurious changing rooms, themed weeks but what I love most is the strong holistic vibe the studio has. From the positive mantras on the stairs to the healthy snacks, the friendly studio assistants who help you get sorted on your bike and the love and energy from the instructors who power you through the 45 minutes from start to finish.
It is safe to say I now love bikes and love cardio? 😉
Love, Lottie x