The changing rooms are amazing. I’ve heard that the most used piece of equipment in any gym is the hairdryer- and Psycle has taken this on board. They have thought of everything that you need; hair ties, deodorant, towels and hair towels, tampons, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair straighteners. Plus a snazzy water fountain to fill up your drink bottles.
There are two studios, one larger than the other. My advice is to try to get a bike near the front, it’s easier to see and hear the teacher. The bikes are easy to set up, with help on hand for first timers (or every time if you’re me!) Love the chevron on the bikes. Towels are left on the bike for you already, and you just have to choose what hand weights to choose; light, medium or heavy. I’ve always opted for medium pink weights. I think they’re about 2kg, although at the end of the workout they feel like 10kg.
Class starts with a warm up; it involves clapping and whooping, all very un-British. We then get into riding, however it’s never too hard on the legs, and usually involves the whole body. Throughout the class whether you’re doing press ups on the handlebars, or traversing from the front to the back of the bike, you’re always moving. But with music as good as it is, it would be hard not to. It takes a certain amount of co-ordination for some of the moves, which I don’t have, however I just about got away with it in the dark room.
Just over halfway through class there’s a song that’s just for you to take at whatever speed you like, to use for contemplation, hydration or stretching. I actually really like the reflection time during the song, particularly in a morning class.
The class really is a full body workout, including a few ballet moves, a full arm workout (or so it feels), plus your core gets a good amount of action. It actually feels more like a circuits class rather than a traditional spin class. As with all classes, I got more of a workout in some than others, depending on teacher and how hard I worked!
Pyscle is not for everyone, although I’ve gone with a few friends and all of them have loved it, I know others that didn’t get it. Whether you love or hate it, it’s worth a try. I only wish that it wasn’t so pricey- at £20 a class it would be a treat to go with friends rather than a regular class for me.