I never thought I'd ever get into exercise. I just couldn't ever see it happening. I was always that girl at school that loathed P.E. and would do just about anything to get out of it. I remember the dread of the 1800 meters in the summer, anything cross country related or well... just about anything sport related.
I'd heard a lot about Psycle* from other bloggers and one of my besties Gemma, and as much as there was that little niggling feeling of me wanting to try it, I just never really had the guts or the push to actually go and give it a go. That was until their PR's contacted me asking me if I fancied trying it... Truth was, I really did, but I just didn't know if I COULD do it. I mean, it had been years since I had done any form of exercise and that is just terrible. But I bit the bullet, and dragged my friend Dina along to their new swish Canary Wharf branch to give it a go.
What is Psycle you're probably wondering? Well, it's spinning to cut a long story short. And trust me, all of the horror stories and 'OMG, WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT' stories are complete and utter bollocks (excuse my language, but it was necessary... this time), so don't stop reading there... Trust me, it's worth carrying on. I'm not going to lie, it was painful the first time - but whatever I'd have done would have been - I hadn't done ANY exercise since school. It was tough, but I got through it and it was so worthwhile.
What makes Psycle different? I mean I can't really comment as this is the only spin class I've ever done, but as far as I'm aware, this is a little more fancy and a little more exciting than the norm. The lights go down, sometimes its pitch black and sometimes cool lights flash to the music that's blasting out, the instructors are super empowering and inspiring and the bikes are great. You get special shoes upon arrival that clip into the pedals and make it so much easier. Don't worry though, you're not trapped, it's super easy to clip out. The whole experience is done to the music so it's so easy to get into it and get into the rhythm. The hardest bit is generally to stay in time, but don't worry, if you're struggling, you won't be the only one there that is and you can take it as hard or as easy as you like. Add on extra when they say to add on, or don't. It's no secret that I didn't for a few classes... Then I built my way up to giving it a go.
So as you can probably tell, my Psycle didn't just stop at that one class with Dina to try out the Canary Wharf branch. I have pretty much been regularly ever since to both Canary Wharf and Oxford Circus branches. I'm hooked and it still to this day blows my mind that I am. It's fun, and it makes me feel incredible and I've not felt like that for a long time. I get far too excited when I talk about it... and that's what makes me justify the spend.
If you want to try giving exercise a go, or want to try a new form of exercise in London then I couldn't recommend Psycle enough. I will rave and rave and rave about it because it really is that great. And I've got a couple of my friends hooked too... So that really is saying something.
Give it a go, go on... It'll be worth it.