Psycle: the party on a bike

Psycle (psyclelondon.com) epitomises all that is good about fitness: it looks good and it feels good. Most negative preconceptions around fitness are that it solely focuses on the exterior. Psycle correctly places equal emphasis on how fitness makes you look, and how it makes you feel, which is what makes it so great.

Atmosphere: I have to admit that I am a Psycle addict, so this review is not of my first class. However, as it’s my first class with Psycle instructor Joe (psyclelondon.com/instructor/66), I thought it could pass as a first review of sorts.

This Saturday morning I headed to Psycle’s studio in Canary Wharf. As you enter the studio reception, the music immediately hits you, as  do the gleaming smiles of the reception staff, who have definitely been employed based on both looks and personality; there are no bitchy blonde waifs trying to intimate you here. Once checked in, you have the option to pre-order a shake from Psycle’s Energy Kitchen (psyclelondon.com/energy-kitchen) for after the class (more on that later), and are given your cleats. I then carry on through the gorgeous white reception into the equally gorgeous white changing rooms to get ready, with every amenity possible at your fingertips.

Content: Now for the good part: the class itself. To say Joe brings the feel good factor is an understatement. As I took my seat on the front row (naturally), Joe came up to me to greet me personally, as he hadn’t seen me at one of his classes before, and he definitely made everyone feel just as welcome. I then spent the next few minutes before kick off adjusting my bike before it begins: the 45 minute party on a bike. Joe immediately epitomises what I have said about Psycle: looking good and feeling good. His body is as flawless as his smile.

For the duration of the class, each track brings something different: you could be seated (although this is unlikely), out of the saddle, doing press ups on your handlebars (whilst still pedalling of course) or tapping back (tapping back into the saddle to return to standing on the next beat). One thing never changes, however: you are always on the beat. Which means the sprints are to the most heart-pumping tracks, and you have no choice but spin your legs faster than you thought possible.

There are two other constants in a Psycle class: 1) there’s always a track where you close your eyes and focus on you and what you want to achieve and 2) the penultimate track is a weights track where you take a seat and curl and press your dumbbells until your arms burn just as much as your legs. Despite sheer exhaustion, in the final track, the entire class was whooping, and Joe genuinely threw his towel into the air in all the excitement!

At the end, the whole room is grinning from ear to ear, and all I can think of is how good I feel and how much I want to return to Joe’s class ASAP.

Afters: As mentioned earlier, I pre-ordered a shake for after the class and, after a ridiculously luxurious shower with complimentary Sachajuan products, I go to collect my favourite bespoke, low-carb shake (pictured): almond milk, cinnamon, chocolate protein and peanut butter. Without fail, Psycle make this combination better than anywhere else in London.

So, smiling and elated (with legs as worked as they’ve ever been), I begin my Saturday morning refuelling with Energy Kitchen deliciousness, to head home to swiftly rebook my next class.

Sweat-rating: 5*

Studio quality (amenities): 5*

Music quality: 5*

Smoothie quality: 5* (will never be topped!)

Overall rating: 5*

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