Imagine this; a cold February morning, it's 9am, you walk into a
stream of long-faced, grey-clad, grumpy looking commuters. But
you're grinning so hard your smile meets your ears, you feel
powerful - like you can change the world - and you're scattering
rainbows and glitter as you walk… Welcome to Psycle.
But let's rewind. For the last year my incredible trainer and
friend Tim Weeks has been nattering away on our 7am Hyde Park runs
about his new project. A spinning gym. Yup… my sentiments exactly.
Just what exactly is the point of sitting on a bike going nowhere
with a bunch of sweaty lunatics doing the same as you're yelled at
by a lycra loony who's more than a bit pleased with his
But I trust Tim. And then I went to LA - where spinning class
SoulCycle is a big deal. Almost cultish. And again on a trip to New
York, where the 'Soul' signs popped out at me in every
neighbourhood. So last week when Psycle opened its London doors I
dutifully but skeptically showed up.
The Mortimer Street space is slick and filled with stuff to make
you look and feel good; workout gear, beauty products by Ila and
Mio, great showers, hair dryers, straighteners and post-work out
juices by Pure Earth and food by The Detox Kitchen all devised by
nutritionist Rhian Stephenson.
Strap into weird cleated shoes (don't try walking down the stairs
in them - like I did) so that your foot locks into the pedals (to
create a push and pull resistance that means no bulking of thighs)
and into a room lit like a nightclub.
The Psycle class is a physical and spiritual trip. Trainers chosen
for their charisma include an ex-Royal Ballet dancer, one of Cheryl
Cole's backing dancers, and a GB gymnast, who deliver a full body
workout with dance, meditative moments, unity with the group and a
whopping endorphin rush that I haven't felt since my nightclub
days. And all of this midweek, before 9am. I'm
Psycle London, 76 Mortimer Street, London, W1W 7SA
Tel: 020 7637 8755
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