PSYCLE LONDON: IBIZA ROCKS MEETS FAME ON WHEELS

BATD ON Feb 21, 2014 AT 1:08 pm

Psycle London

Psycle London

We had our first visit to Psycle London today and it felt like we’d stepped into a high energy gym in Manhattan, where you expect to see high fliers & lawyers cram a meeting in between board meetings. And when I say lawyers you know I mean Alicia Florrick or Olivia Pope, it’s all very glamorous, Chia Seed protein balls at reception and Ila Spa products in the changing rooms.

Psycle London

Psycle London

Psycle London is unlike any other spin class I’ve been to, it’s much more of a total body workout, there’s plenty of arm work and weights are provided and kept on the bike for a more intense workout. Our instructor was Tim Weeks, director of the concept, he was so enthusiastic he had me clapping to start the class (I am usually at the back not really joining in those bits) but we were a ‘team’ he had you hooked as soon as you clicked your spinning shoe in the peddle.

Tim Weeks

Tim Weeks

The lights went dark, coloured strobe lighting began flashing and I felt like I was at a club for lunchtime, the energy and atmosphere in the class was infectious and so much fun. I can only imagine this is what it must be like being in a club in Ibiza at 2am in July, but in a good way. Everyone was very friendly, we were in Fame the Musical, Ibiza Rocks and we didn’t really want to leave. Great workout and we couldn’t wait to book in again for next week.

The 45 minute class is a total body work out, combining the classic spin action at different resistance levels with upper body movements that ups the cardio levels to the max. Whilst your legs work to the beat of the music, if your arms aren’t resting on the handle bars, they’ll be either clapping in near choreographed sequences, striking strong ballet poses or punching the air like there’s no tomorrow. There are a couple of moments in the class when the lights dip and you are asked to lose yourself for a few minutes, do whatever you want, freestyle it, just lose yourself. The darkness eradicates any sense of self-consciousness and you do. That’s some efficient working-day therapy right there.

Psycle London

Psycle London

Psycle has beaten the likes of SoulCycle and BOOM Cycle to the punch when it comes to bagging that central London spot (read up SoulCycle and BOOM Cycle’s London progress here), and we can’t get enough of it. There are even multi-coloured spare hair bands in the changing rooms! But that’s just the sort of attention to detail that we are sure to come to know and love from Psycle. Their easy-to-use booking system allows you to book your bike, and even pre-set your seat height and detail your shoe size (you are presented with spinning shoes that click into your spin bike pedals when you arrive).

Just to complete that smug sense of well-being you’ll get after attending the high intensity class, Psycle London have partnered with The Detox Kitchen and Pure Earth to offer up snacks, juices and meals that will give you the best natural form of pre and post workout nutrition.

Take a look at the brand new class timetable here. The earliest class begins at 7.30am for early risers amongst us, and for those who like to spin away the day in the evening, the latest class at the moment is 7.30pm.

Psycle London

Psycle London

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