One of my suggestions for staying fit in the lead up to Christmas is to try something new to keep things fun over the festive season. Last week I did just that and treated myself to a class at Psycle on Mortimer Street in London.
I say “treat” because this is the luxury end of indoor cycling at £20 for an individual class. Psycle is located just off Oxford Street in a gorgeous studio with cold, pressed and bright green juices from Imbibery in neat fridges, fresh towels and the air perfumed with something that smells enticing and expensive.
This is the five star of spin.
Specialized cleated shoes are given to you as you arrive at reception before you head into the beautifully fragrant changing rooms equipped with GHD straighteners, necessary feminine accoutrements and Ila products in the showers.
You enter into the depths of the achingly cool London basement, pick up some light arm weights and perch upon your pre-reserved bike whilst one of the helpful trainers adjusts the set up for you. My class was led by a trainer called Becky who had an infectious source of energy and was able to multi-task as DJ, lights choreographer and instructor whilst I was simply concentrating on trying not to fall off the bike. The 45 minute high intensity (HIIT) class fits in seamlessly with a booming playlist and incorporates elements of dance to make it fun and steer focus away from how hard you are working. At one point we were matching our moves to the rhythm of Alphabet Spaghetti which got trickier to coordinate as the track progressed!
The class itself is like nothing I have ever attended and alludes to some of the US spin crazes such as Flywheel and Soul Cycle that have attracted celebrities including Jake Gyllenhaal and Lady Gaga.
The workout was designed by Psycle Programme Director, triathlete and trainer, Tim Weeks who has created an intense session with the best scientific and psychological benefits. All this attention to detail to the programme along with the recruitment of some very professional and talented class instructors makes Psycle that bit special.
As a curious editor, after the class I went to chat to Becky and Chiara, another of the trainers about the benefits of Psycle from their perspective. They said that in terms of improving my fitness which seems to have plateaued of late, you need to give your body a bit of a shock once in a while. This also relates to the benefits of interval training on the bike or whilst running. Give your body a burst of speed or power to grapple with and that way your fitness will break through the glass ceiling. It certainly makes sense.
I would really recommend Psycle, especially, if like me, you need a bit of a burst and some variety to your workouts. For first-timers you are awarded a ‘Buddy’ credit so it could be a fun option to do with a friend instead of going to the pub. It will certainly get those endorphins dancing.
Location: Mortimer Street. Nearest tube is Oxford Circus.
Cost: £20 per class (the more credits you buy, the more you save – 20 classes is £325 making it £16.25 per class)
You can book online here.