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"How To Indulge And Have Balance"

According to recent statistics, women in the UK have one of the lowest body confidence scores in the world, with just 20% of us being happy with the way we look. Coupled with the fact some 57% of British women have tried to lose weight in the last year with the equivalent admitting they are almost always on a diet, it’s safe to say when it comes to struggling with body image and achieving balance in what we eat, we’re not alone.

 

And while many of us claim to follow the 80/20 rule – eating healthily 80% of the time and indulging the other 20% – could depriving ourselves be doing more harm than good? Luckily, help is at hand. We spoke to some of the wellness industry’s experts for their tips on how to strike a more balanced relationship with our health…

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Condé Nast Traveller
Condé Nast Traveller
"running scared"

THE SPA GUIDE 2017

theguardian.com
theguardian.com
"How to stay fit: 25 tips and tricks from Joe Wicks, Louise Hazel and more"

Rhian Stephenson, nutritionist and CEO of spinning gym Psycle

24 Eat for recovery. There is a lot of focus on what to eat before a workout (ideally, nothing for 60 minutes beforehand – if you’re starving have a date or half a banana), but what you eat after can really make a difference. For the muscles to recover, they will need protein to repair tissue, carbohydrate to replenish glycogen, and vitamins and minerals.

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mtv.co.uk
mtv.co.uk
"celebrity workouts irl: spinning on beat"

Just when we thought spinning really wasn’t for us, we thought we’d give it one more try… Only this time with a studio whose motto is to "inspire people to lead vibrant, energetic & happy lives."

Essentially the SoulCycle of the UK, we popped down to the Psycle London find out if it could make a spinning obsessive out of us yet. Eek.

 

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prima.co.uk
prima.co.uk
"How To Get The Best Workout On An Exercise Bike"

Lose weight, shape up and burn the most calories on the bike

You can get a great workout on an exercise bike, but only if you know the right techniques and workouts. Here Psycle master trainer Marie Napier talks us through best bike workouts to help you burn calories, tone up and lose weight.

 

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metro.co.uk
metro.co.uk
"We Tried A Spin class And This Is What You Need To Know."

The fitness world is full of fads. Some last a month, others last years. Spin is in the latter camp.

Problem is, when everyone else has been doing it for yonks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

 

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birdie.co.uk
birdie.co.uk
"How Not to Gain Weight This Christmas, According to a Nutritionist"

The next three weeks are going to be a whirlwind of rich foods (cheeseboard, tick; Quality Street, tick), booze, rushing around (whether it’s last-minute gift shopping or cramming in catch-ups with your friends) and late sugar-fueled nights. All of which can culminate in unwanted weight gain, which results in a rather sad-looking January. But what if we said you can enjoy all the frivolity without piling on the pounds? Nutritionist and Psycle London CEO Rhian Stephenson (@rhianstephenson) shares her guide for doing just that. Read on to find out how you can enjoy all the social perks of the festive season without ending up feeling bloated, tired and in need of a detox.

 

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sheerluxe.com
sheerluxe.com
"Life Lessons From Psycle's CEO"

As Managing Director and CEO of Psycle, Rhian Stephenson calls the shots at one of London’s favourite spinning studios, which offers full body workouts more akin to a dance class than your average bike session, alongside holistic health programmes, detox plans and recipe ideas. As a trained naturopath and nutritionist, Rhian is a veritable all-round wellness guru. Here are her career tips, best bits of fitness advice, and top life lessons…

 

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cultbeauty.co.uk
cultbeauty.co.uk
"BOOST YOUR HEALTH (AND BEAUTY) WITH THESE TIPS FROM PSYCLE'S CEO"

As the CEO of super spin gym {Psycle}, Rhian Stephenson is a lean (not-at-all mean) nutrition and fitness guru with the passion to inspire everybody to become the healthiest version of themselves. And because health = happiness and happiness = beauty, we asked her for some motivational insights, advice for beginners and which beauty products she keeps in her gym bag...

 

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womenshealthmag.co.uk
womenshealthmag.co.uk
"'Why Running 12k Every Monday Helps Kick Start My Week'"

Rhian Stephenson, 34, is a naturopath, nutritionist and CEO of Psycle London. She talks to Women's Health about how she starts each morning and what keeps her motivated.

'My sleep is quite easily affected by stress – if we’re opening a new site I can spend all night tossing and turning – but if all goes well I wake up at 5.30am, with the sun streaming in through my open blinds. I used to reach for my phone first thing, but I’ve imposed a rule on myself that means I can’t check it until 6am. Instead, I pour myself a glass of water and make a cup of Teapigs matcha green tea or a coffee from ground beans that I’ve picked up from the farmers' market down the road.'

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Tatler
Tatler
"FEELING STRESSED?"

What a busy man needs is a specialised exercise to get his head back to normal.

getthegloss.com
getthegloss.com
"WHAT MAKES 5 SUCCESSFUL WOMEN FEEL POWERFUL"

FIVE TOP WOMEN IN THE WELLBEING INDUSTRY TELL US WHAT MAKES THEM FEEL STRONG - AND HOW THEY TURN IT AROUND WHEN INSECURITY STRIKES

Women just seem to do power that bit differently - it’s all about trusting your team, staying strong in body and clear in mind, as well as taking time to power down. To celebrate the launch of Sweaty Betty’s Power Leggings, we asked five top entrepreneurs and MDs for a brief CV and their insights into feeling powerful.

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getthegloss.com
getthegloss.com
"7 EXERCISES TO BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH"

WITH PHYSICAL EXERCISE NOW BEING PRESCRIBED ON THE NHS AS A FORM OF THERAPY, WE ASK THE EXPERTS HOW TO GO ABOUT WORKING OUT TO IMPROVE OUR WELLBEING, AS WELL AS OUR PHYSIQUE

We all know that working out can make us more powerful in terms of physical strength, but how many of us map out fitness goals with the aim of seeing our mental health improve? ‘Runner’s high’ is a well known endorphin fuelled phenomenon, but it’s not just sprinting into the distance that gives your mood a leg-up, as a study by researchers at University College London found that increasing activity levels from nothing to taking part in three exercise sessions a week reduced the risk of depression by around 20%. GPs nationwide now prescribe exercise as a treatment for depression, among other conditions, and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that those suffering from mild to moderate depression take part in three activity sessions ranging from 45 minutes to an hour in duration over a period of 10-14 weeks to reap the benefits of mood-elevating exercise.

 

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Women's Health
Women's Health
"RISE & SHINE"

Whether it's sun salutations and a smoothie with the dawn chorus or a lazy lie-in with a cup of coffee, your morning routine can set the tone for the rest of the day. We asked some of the UK's most sucessful women how they start theirs.

Rhian Stephenson 34/ Natropath and Nutritionist and CEO of Psycle London.

'My sleep is quite easily affected by stress- if we're opening a new site, I can spend all night tossing and turning - but if all goes well, I wake up at 5:30am with the sun streaming in through my open bliinds. In the past, I'd reach for my phone first thing, but i've imposed a rule on myself which means I can't check it until 6am. Instead, I pour myself a glass of water and make a cup of Teapigs matcha green tea or a coffee from ground beans that i've picked up from the farmer's market down the road.'

To read more, pick up the October Issue of Women's Health

BYRDIE.co.uk
BYRDIE.co.uk
"9 Small, Simple Changes That Will Banish Belly Fat "

Ready for some sobering news? Your muffin top might be detrimental to your health. According to doctors, one of the worst places your body can store fat is your midsection; that stubborn section of belly fat carries a strong risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more—all things serious enough to make us take pause before our next Ocado order. And what's more frustrating is that women hang onto more belly fat than men: "Women have up to nine times more alpha adrenergic receptors in their fat cells compared to men and oestrogen increases their activity," says Rhian Stephenson, nutritionist and CEO of Psycle. "While elevated cortisol [the stress hormone] is one the main culprits for fat storage around the midsection."

 

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Super Food Magazine
Super Food Magazine
"Interview Rhian Stephenson"

London-based nutritionist, natropath and CEO of Psycle studios, Rhian Stephenson is passionate about exercise and is revolutionising the way people think about fitness. 

Daily Star Sunday
Daily Star Sunday
"Spinning Around"

There's a new twist to indoor cycling- and the A-listers love it...

Celebrities can't do without their indoor cycling sessions, The Beckhams, Suki Waterhouse, Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon are often photographed on their way into SoulCyle classes in LA while Vanessa Hudgens loves indoor cycling so much that she's even considered training as an instructor over here in the UK. Former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh and Model Zara Martin are regulars at Psycle classes.

thelifestyleedit.com
thelifestyleedit.com
"Career Talk With Psycle's Rhian Stephenson"

The Former Athlete At The Helm Of Psycle Who Wants To Transform Your Mind & Body

Psycle CEO and all round #GirlBoss Rhian Stephenson on mentors, the reality of being freelance and the art of delegating.

 

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TATLER
TATLER
"The Best Gym Classes In London"

Psycle reinvented spinning when it first opened in 2014, and it's latest outpost is the coolest thing to hit Canary Wharf. The formula is the same: clubbing, on a bike, in a room with pumping beats and strobe lights. If the hordes of very fit people, clipping into speciality spining shoes with big grins on their faces doesn't motivate you, the sight of you and your fellow riders bopping in perfect tandem, like some sort of music video, will.

huffingtonpost.co.uk
huffingtonpost.co.uk
"What Spinning Has Taught Me About Building Better Communities"

If you haven’t heard of it, listen up. Psycle London is creating a fitness movement that you need to be a part of. They offer a high intensity, low impact, head-to-toe workout on a bike, but it is so much more than that.

This is not just an exercise class. This is a movement.

 

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stylist.co.uk
stylist.co.uk
"Find Out How To Light Up Your Fitness Mojo With Our Video Guide"

Not everyone is a fitness fanatic; some of us simply cannot bear the idea of going to a gym for an hour and staring at a wall while we pound away on a treadmill listening to the same playlist on repeat. As as a result, we often dive head first into the sofa instead.

 

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getthegloss.com
getthegloss.com
"Four Foodies' Top Kitchen Gadgets"

WHAT DO NUTRITIONISTS AND TRAINERS RELY ON TO PREP HEALTHY, HEARTY MEALS? WE TAKE A POKE AROUND THE KITCHENS OF THE FIT AND FABULOUS…

 

RHIAN STEPHENSON, NUTRITIONIST, NATUROPATH AND CEO OF PSYCLE

“I love cooking so I have a lot of equipment! For food prep I have a food processor, Vitamix, bamboo steamer, spiralizer and pressure cooker. Smaller but great for adding flavour is my citrus press and a microplane, which I use for dressings and soups all of the time. I also recommend investing in a good quality knife or knife set- this will transform your prep experience. There is literally nothing worse than trying to chop with a horrible knife! Having a good peeler is also surprisingly useful.”

 

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Fabulous Magazine
Fabulous Magazine
"The Big Fitness No-No's"

Sweat Sessions not scoring results? Here are the mistakes that are holding you back.  

Spinning Slip-ups Marie Napier, master trainer at Psyclelondon.com, on what not to do in this gym class.

 

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huffingtonpost.co.uk
huffingtonpost.co.uk
"WHAT SPINNING HAS TAUGHT ME ABOUT BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES"

If you haven't heard of it, listen up. Psycle London is creating a fitness movement that you need to be a part of. They offer a high intensity, low impact, head-to-toe workout on a bike, but it is so much more than that.

This is not just an exercise class. This is a movement.

 

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stylist.co.uk
stylist.co.uk
"Meet The Women Who Swapped Business Suits For Sports Gear To Follow Their Fitness Dreams"

When it comes trading in the traditional 9 to 5 for your dream job, how incredible would it be if that very job was simply doing the fitness activities that you love?

Getting paid to do yoga? Making your own business out of lifting weights or helping others keep in shape?

If you’ve long harboured fantasies about swapping court shoes and business suits for comfy sports kit and trainers, prepare to meet the women who’ll inspire you to live the dream.

Sally Moss, Kaya Cansfield and Susannah White have all swapped corporate careers for the fitness world, and here, they tell us just how they did it.

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stylist.co.uk
stylist.co.uk
"The Fitness Classes You’ve Never Tried, But Should"

Bored of the same old exercise routine? Yet to find something that really gets you excited?

Well, look no further for some fitness inspiration.

From the women-only strength training club that'll see you squatting and deadlifting like a pro, to the dance class for rock and roll fans (neon drumsticks as standard), ballet-inspired workouts and the seriously fun way to do spin, we've rounded up the best 'alternative' ways to get fit and stay motivated in London.

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selfridges.com
selfridges.com
"SELFRIDGES MEETS: RHIAN STEPHENSON"

The CEO of Psycle – the high-intensity bike workout, launching next week at Selfridges London – reveals her fitness philosophy, foodie tips and what makes her tick.

 

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welltodolondon.com
welltodolondon.com
"Selfridges Is Buying Into The Future Of Wellness"

Selfridges is set to host a series of fitness ‘pop ups’ featuring British indoor cycling studio Psycle as part of its overall commitment to the future of wellness in retail.

 

In conjunction with the launch of the Body Studio, a 37,000 sq ft space dedicated to wellness, the world famous department store will transform the Ultra Lounge in its Oxford Street branch into a state-of-the-art fitness space for three months.

 

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womenshealthmag.co.uk
womenshealthmag.co.uk
"28 Healthy Must-Do Things This Summer"

Whether you're a yogi, fitness fanatic, foodie or just generally loving life, these are the things you definitely don't want to miss this Spring/Summer.

Get your Psycle on at the pop-up studio at Selfridges’ BODYWORK – at the 25 bike studio, you can experience a high intensity, low impact, head-to-toe workout on a bike, supported by the best tunes for any moment in the week. 

 

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dunelondon.com
dunelondon.com
"STYLE CHAT- KAYA CANSFIELD"

One of our hottest trends for SS16 is Urban Sports - smart-casual styles with a chunky, sporty sole. In the spirit of all things sporty, we caught up with Psycle spinning instructor Kaya Cansfield. A lady of boundless energy and positivity, her sought-after classes in the West End and Canary Wharf are more like a night out clubbing, but good for you (plus there's no hangover the next day!).

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natgeotraveller.co.uk
natgeotraveller.co.uk
"Psycle London: the spin revolution"

Each January it’s the same. My New Year’s resolution to stick to a punishing exercise regime is undone by the sheer tedium of whatever new workout fad I’ve signed up to. This time round, a friend and I had pledged to do more interesting exercise classes.

Picking a Friday night slot, we head to Psycle on London’s Mortimer Street.

 

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womenshealthmag.co.uk
womenshealthmag.co.uk
"13 FEMALE PTS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO WORKOUT"

Need a little help getting motivated and moving? Here's our edit of the best female PT accounts in London to inspire you.

Looking for a female PT in London to inspire your workout? Look no further...

Sometimes the will to get motivated and moving can be difficult- the drizzling weather, late, dark evenings and call of the couch can be strong. However, spend just five minutes on any one of these Personal Trainer's Instagram accounts and we can guarentee you'll be booking in your first 10k and smashing in the squats in no time.

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mrporter.com
mrporter.com
"FIVE EASY WAYS TO LOOK YOUNGER"

Unhappy with what you see in the mirror? Fight the signs of ageing with these expert tips to keep you youthful for longer

Women are schooled in the art of stalling time. Given their delicate features and thinner skin, they’re well aware that signs of wear and tear invariably show up earlier for them than they do for men. Our biological points of difference – thicker, oilier skin and a more resilient body – mean that many lucky men enjoy an ageless grace period that lasts up until our thirties.

 

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BYRDIE.co.uk
BYRDIE.co.uk
"3 Easy Hairstyles That Will Survive Your Spin Class"

Choosing the right hairstyle for a spin class may seem trivial, just pop it up and go! But a hairstyle that doesn’t get in the way and makes you feel good is key. You’ll be more confident and thus more focused on the task at hand—the teacher’s instructions—rather than what your hair is or isn’t doing. We called on Kaya Cansfield, a beauty PR turned instructor at London’s Psycle to share her go-to hairstyles and products for a spin class.

 

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thetimes.co.uk
thetimes.co.uk
"Interactive: the Times Fashion guide to workout gear"

We all need a bit of help getting back into shape after Christmas - and how better to kick-start your health drive than with a fabulous new gym kit? Whether you are a spinner, yogi or a hiker, our interactive guide rounds up the best workout gear to fuel your exercise regime.

 

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mirror.co.uk
mirror.co.uk
"LONDON MARATHON 2016: Top training tips from experts for runners taking on the 26.2 mile challenge "

If you want to stick to cardio and increasing aerobic fitness, cycling is an obvious cross-training alternative

If you fancy working out in a swanky studio after hours of pounding the pavement in the cold and rain, a spin class is ideal. Psycle studios in London includes upper body and core exercises into a typical 45-minute class, for a full-body workout that's helps build up speed and endurance.

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BYRDIE
BYRDIE
"How to Navigate the Holidays Without Gaining Any Weight"

The next few weeks are going to be a whirlwind of rich foods (cheeseboard, tick; Quality Street, tick) booze rushing around (wheather it's last-minute gift shopping or cramming catch-ups with your friends) and late sugar-fuelled nights. All this can culminate in unwated weight gain, but nutritionist and Psycle London's CEO Rhian Stephenson (@rhianstephenson) shares her guide for navigating the holidays without gainig weight.

 

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Marie Claire
Marie Claire
"MEET YOUR NEW CAREER MENTOR "

THE FITNESS EXEC

Rhian Stephenson, 33, is the CEO of Psycle, a spin studio with two locations in central London. She is a qualified naturopath and nutritionist, and her role covers everything from event management to training instructors.

 

 

Men's Health
Men's Health
"49 Best Fitness classes For Men 2016"

PSYCLE OUT THE COMPETITION

Despite it's (fair) reputation as a hotbed of lycra-clad, gazelle limbed fitties, this is no place to go for a hook-up. Firstly, you sweat. Profusely. Secondly, A.D's class is an intense full body workout that will challenge any preconception you might have of spinning. There is no better way to start your day.

Coach Magazine
Coach Magazine
"MORE THAN A QUICK SPIN"

PSYCLE-THE HOME OF STATIONARY ELATION

Psycle promises big things. An exercise-bike based workout for the whole body that leaves you feeling energized, rather than limping for the exit. Music pumps around the studio throughout classes, providing the beat for the exercises that includes press-ups, weights and endless spinning.

The Times: Diet and Fitness
The Times: Diet and Fitness
"Fitness for fat fighting: the seven exercises that really will make you lose weight"

Running has been hailed as a fast route to many things — happiness, a longer life and reduced stress — but not, apparently, to weight loss. Last week a researcher revealed that many joggers find their efforts are in vain when it comes to shifting stubborn pounds.

 

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abouttimemagazine.co.uk
abouttimemagazine.co.uk
"Pig to Rig: The Best October Fitness Events in London"

On Monday, I received an email titled ‘Rise in Burnt out Professionals Taking Health and Fitness Sabbaticals to Travel the World.’ Not only has the world of social media gone crazy for kettlebells, burpees and yoga retreats, now you can splash the cash on the most expensive ‘wellness trip’ now starting at a casual £156,000 per person.

If, like me, you can’t stretch to that kind of budget –  I’ve rounded up an extensive lowdown of some of the best fitness events happening across London in the month of October, which include anything from spin workshops, new cafe openings and talks full of insightful business tips from leading women and men across the industry:

 

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Healthista.com
Healthista.com
"REVIEWED:"

The brand new Psycle studio in Canary Wharf – London’s coolest cycle club now has a yoga component too. We’re in love.

The brand new Psycle studio has just opened in Canary Wharf and as a huge fitness enthusiast I head down to trial a class. Despite being such an immense gym fan, I had never actually participated in a spin class before; solidly believing weights and yoga are the best types of workout, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

 

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womenshealthmag.co.uk
womenshealthmag.co.uk
"Class Action: Hot New Fitness Launches That Are Worth The Waitlist"

Looking for a seven-day-shred? Consider Psycle Strength, the new offering from London’s cult cardio studio. In just seven days they promise to crank up your metabolism and blast fat with their sweaty fitness mash-up.

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FAULT MAGAZINE
FAULT MAGAZINE
"5 Reasons To Love Psycle"

Psycle, aka clubbing on a bike is more than exercise, it is all about lifestyle. Work hard, cycle harder.

 

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Independent.co.uk
Independent.co.uk
"Indoor Cycling Goes Full Circle: The Return Of Spin Classes"

Here in the UK, Psycle has tapped into the feelgood vibe – focusing as much on the mind as the body. “We saw a huge gap in the market,” says Rhian Stephenson, CEO of Psycle. “So many gyms focus on weight loss, but we found that people wanted a workout that was cool, social and fun.”

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Sustain The Glow
Sustain The Glow
"PSYCLE-Spinning With An Edge"

T H E L O W D O W N : Psycle launched in February 2014 with the ambition to provide busy Londoners with the most enjoyable way to improve their total body fitness and stay healthy. Psycle wants to change how people think about exercise, and believes your state of mind is the key to how often and how hard you exercise. It’s why everything from the environment to the experience is designed to put you in the right state of mind to get the very most out of your workout – inspiring you both mentally and physically, transforming your body. To achieve this, the Psycle experience combines a signature total body workout on a bike, with expertly chosen soundtracks and musically motivated classes, led by inspirational and fun instructors who will make sure you get the very best out of your time in the class.

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The Times Magazine
The Times Magazine
"Welcome To Psycle"

How did an exercise class become more exclusive than the front row in Paris? Harriet Walker on the fitness phenomenon that gets everyone in a sweat (including Victoria Beckham).

The two dozen Spanish exchange kids standing outside Psycle in Central London are oddly oblivious to the stream of incredibly good-looking, swishy-haired and spandexed women stepping through its doors.

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Hip & Healthy
Hip & Healthy
"FITSPIRATION: RHIAN STEPHENSON"

As Psycle’s managing director, resident nutrition expert and master instructor, the gorgeous Rhian Stephenson has been a major fitspiration to all of us here at H&H for a while now. 

 

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STYLE-etc Magazine
STYLE-etc Magazine
"Health and Fitness Review: Psycle London"

Psycle – Located at the crisp new Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf isn’t your regular spinning studio – I soon discovered that after a high intensity and super sweaty 45 minutes struggle (maybe I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was!)

What looked like a swanky night club when I first entered was indeed a five star fitness facility with an all smile service and serious fitness professionals clearly dedicated to making my work out fun. As it was my first time I was given a full tour by the amazing Ashley. She knew it all – she showed me the two studios, smoothie bar, where to collect shoes, towels and the entrance to rather impressive changing rooms

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Stylist Magazine
Stylist Magazine
"My Secret Weapon"

Rhian Stephenson, of Psycle London, on her skincare must-have

"As well as teaching spin classes, I cycle and do yoga, so I sweat a lot each day. To keep my pores clean I'll wash my face two or three times per day, which really dries out my skin. For the past three months I have been using Cult 51 Night Cream [£125] and the difference it has made has been amazing. Now I wake up looking like I've had the most incredible facial. At first my skin was more hydrated but over time my pigmentation has also improved thanks to all the antioxidants. In fact, my skintone is so much more even, I'm no longer wearing my usual tinted moisturiser at work."

deliciouslyella.com
deliciouslyella.com
"Inspiration: Rhian and Spin Obsession"

As lots of you know my New Year’s resolution was to get fit and I’m having so much fun doing it! One of my favourite discoveries has been spinning, I am totally obsessed. I go to an early spin class every Monday morning, it’s a non negotiable part of my calendar and I just love it – it always starts the week off on the best note. I’ll spin anywhere really but my favourite spin studio is Psycle, it’s awesome. There are lots of great instructors but Rhian is the absolute best and she’s in the most amazing shape, so I thought she’d be a fun person to chat to and get some inspiration from!

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stylehub.styloko.com
stylehub.styloko.com
"Take Five With Rhian Stephenson"

Fitness fanatics who live Stateside will no doubt have heard of SoulCycle. Here in London, Psycle is its equivalent (well, actually, we’re biased so we think it’s better!) – and spearheading the spinning phenomenon this side of the pond is its inspiring and endlessly energetic CEO Rhian Stephenson, AKA ‘the spinning goddess’ to her string of devoted clients. (Fact: her classes get booked up in approximately three minutes flat when spots open up every Monday online – this editor knows only too well!)

 

But not only do we love Rhian’s motivating, fun, and highly effective full-body workouts on a bike – plus, of course, the amazing soundtracks that really set Psycle apart – her genuine enthusiasm for happy and healthy living is truly infectious. Ahead, the trained naturopath, nutritionist, and herbalist shares her favorite summer smoothie recipe, the trick to staying motivated, and her guilty pleasure.

 

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Look.co.uk
Look.co.uk
"9 Ways To Get Fit, Strong and Healthy For Summer"

Experts reveal the calorie-free cocktail and wonder lotions that promise your best ever bod!

 

Looking for quick ways to tone up, loose weight and look great this summer? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve spoken to top health and fitness experts, as well as nutritionists to find out their top tips for toning up for bikini season. It’s all about getting fit, strong and healthy, there’s no extreme diets or crazy weight-loss ideas, but these things really do work. And if the amazing experts we’ve spoken to (including Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s trainer and the Managing Director of Elemis) swear by it, we need to be doing it too. Read on for their amazing tips...  

 

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cosmopolitan.co.uk
cosmopolitan.co.uk
"The BEST workout beauty tips for pre, during and post workouts"

Calling all cardio junkies! Instructors from Psycle, London's sweatiest spin studio, share their tested tips for exercise-proof makeup and keeping clear complexions

Gals into their cardio will know there are various beauty struggles that comes with working out: fringes are forever stressful, clogged pores cause pesky breakouts and waterproof makeup can frequently let you down. Don't let it put you off though, here's some help from exercise instructors who know exactly what works for workouts.

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Telegraph.co.uk
Telegraph.co.uk
"Exercise to increase workflow"

Get in the gym to improve your cognitive function, creativity and workflow - and not just your fitness, say scientists

 Happiness increases productivity in the workplace by 31 per cent, sales figures by 37 per cent and accuracy by 19 per cent. Impressive, but nothing new there. What is a revelation however, is the part that exercise can play in increasing our cognitive function, creativity and productivity, especially in the workplace, say scientists.

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Graziadaily.co.uk
Graziadaily.co.uk
"Hitting The Gym Could Make You Better At Your Job"

Rhian Stephenson, CEO of Psycle - the London based tune-blasting, cheer-inducing, mood-boosting spinning experience – has collated new research showing how aerobic exercise continues to positively impact your body and your mood for long after you’ve kicked off your trainers.

 

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Gymbags & Gladrags
Gymbags & Gladrags
"Class Review: Psycle"

CLASS REVIEW: PSYCLE

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love a spin class. I first feared them after hearing horror stories of people who couldn’t make it through the class so I stuck to body pump and legs, bums and tums classes, classic. I’ve been to a few different spin studios around London as well as many indoor cycling classes at my old gym, each one with their own twist. I’d heard a lot about Psycle and put it down on my ‘Must-Try’ list, luckily the chance to check it out for myself finally came last week.

 

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The Food Medic
The Food Medic
"My Experience At Psycle"

MY EXPERIENCE AT PSYCLE

Yesterday I was invited for a spin class at Psycle, located in Oxford Circus. Now guys – I have never done a spin class in my life, and I was a little apprehensive, but with the likes of Victoria Beckham and Jessie Ware signing up – I HAD to try it out. From the moment you approach Psycle from the streets of London, you can almost feel the vibes and energy this place gives off.

The lovely team greeted us and checked us in at the door where we were given our cycling cleats – cleats? (If you’re like me and unfamiliar with the spinning lingo, basically they’re studded shoes designed for spin which clip into the pedals.)

The class was led by the most energetic and electric instructor, Sal. His energy was contagious, psyching everyone up for a pumped session even before we mounted our bikes. As a newbie, I had no idea how to even get into my cycle cleats but the girls kindly helped me get my feet into the pedals.

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Arianna's Daily
Arianna's Daily
"Let's Work Out -Time For Psycle"

Let's Work Out - Time For Psycle

 

With summer literally around the corner I've decided to start getting back into shape. Being not much of a gym person, I just prefer to try out fun new classes. I've always wanted to give spinning a try and after hearing about Psycle and its rave reviews, I decided to give it a go. They have an amazing joining offer, 2 classes for £20 plus an extra credit for a friend, just in case you need some moral support ;)

 

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Haute Living
Haute Living
"Get Fit with Psycle and Newman Street Tavern"

Launching on Saturday 2nd May for the May Bank Holiday weekend, Fitzrovia’s all-day dining room Newman Street Tavern and spinning studio Psycle are pairing up to launch an exclusive healthy brunch club.

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer months, fitness and brunch fans alike will be invited to join the team at Psycle for a 45-minute or hour-long ride before heading to Newman Street for a wholesome two-course brunch. Designed to embrace and extend both venues’ passion for community, the new brunch club offers the opportunity to workout and indulge at the weekend without feeling pushed for time or money. 

Priced at £15 per person for two courses, the exclusive brunch menu has been co-created by the team at Newman Street and nutritionists at Psycle. It offers a range of nourishing dishes such as Organic yogurt with poached seasonal fruit, Smashed avocado and poached egg on sourdough toast, Nicoise salad and Steak tartare with fried egg and greens for guests to positively re-fuel post-ride, tying in with Newman Street’s new ‘Food for Fuel’ breakfast ethos mid-week.

Drinks-wise, there will be a special Psycle ‘Psmoothie’ – a blend of banana, avocado, raspberries, spinach and dates – as well as Newman Street’s freshly-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. And for those who want to celebrate their first ride, the Bank Holiday weekend or any other occasion, Newman Street’s bottomless prosecco offer will be available for an additional £15 per person.

Pairing an upbeat fitness class with the opportunity to unwind and re-fuel with friends and family, Newman Street and Psycle’s new brunch club is the perfect way to spend a weekend in Fitzrovia.

 

Harpers Bazaar
Harpers Bazaar
"WORK IT OUT: RHIAN STEPHENSON"

Every week, Jo Glynn-Smith interviews a successful woman to find out how she made it to the top, and gets tips on maintaining a successful work-life balance. This week, she meets Rhian Stephenson, CEO of Psycle London.

 

Detail your career path

“I’ve always been in nutrition and wellness. I started off in clinical settings, working primarily with individuals, and then slowly began a transition into consulting, retreats and more group-based work. I was asked to consult for Psycle about 18 months ago and then moved over to run the business at the end of last year.”

 

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

“It’s so difficult to pick just one thing. The transformation I see on a daily basis is extremely rewarding. To see people morph from being in a place where they are unhappy with their health – whether it be their mind, body or a specific illness – to a place of vitality, strength and confidence is so inspiring. Seeing how powerful nutrition and exercise can be never stops astounding me. I also adore the community at Psycle – it gives you a sense of belonging and family, and you can see how much it means to people. It’s a great place to come together and feel a part of something, and then leave feeling confident, healthy and happy.”

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Belgravia Residents
Belgravia Residents
"Beauty & Grooming"

Psycle

The high impact workout on a bike, we totally love Psycle. Taking inspiration from its State-side cousin Soul Cycle, every Psycle class goes beyond your typical spin class workout with fun, high energy music, lots of cheering, the Psycle workout is designed to strengthen the body’s core and tone key body parts. Light hand weights are used and cleated shoes are worn by everyone, increasing the connection between the leg and the bike. If you are looking for the best wake-up in the morning or a mood-lifter to end your workdays, this is definitely the one for you. We left dripping in sweat and feeling great.

Psycle London,

76 Mortimer Street, W1W 7SA

(www.psyclelondon.com)

 

 

The Evening Standard
The Evening Standard
"Tri-hard with a vengeance: why triathlon training is the best way to get fit for spring"

Marathons are all very well and good (or an incredible feat of endurance and misery, which you will finish three toenails poorer) but really, runners are one-trick ponies. You get fabulous thighs but your arms remain underdeveloped, your shoulders rounded, your abs just “essentially fine”.

The fitness industry knows three is the magic number: triathlons are the pursuit of the real all-rounder with the all-over muscles to match. But training for one of those in the grim midwinter (and grim city centre) is miserable. So London’s top gyms are helping you go for triathlon gold without losing limbs to frostbite (or clattering your joints against punishing pavements).

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Telegraph Fashion and Beauty
Telegraph Fashion and Beauty
"If you really want to impress in the working world these days, an intense meeting of minds, or bodies, on two spinning bikes will probably do your negotiations more favours."

There's a fashionable, new venue in which to host your client meeting, and it's not the latest opening from Soho House - it's the gym. If you really want to impress in the working world these days, an intense meeting of minds, or bodies, on two spinning bikes will probably do your negotiations more favours. In the world of media, advertising and fashion, crunching abs in class with clients, rather than numbers over a no-expense-spared calorific feast, is suddenly in vogue.

I've witnessed it first hand. In place of invitations to eat eggs at The Wolseley or sip champagne over afternoon tea at Claridge's, I am suddenly being offered punchy tickets to the hottest power workouts in town: Barry's Bootcamp, TriYoga, Psycle and Nike's training sessions.

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InStyle.co.uk
InStyle.co.uk
"Highly addictive indoor spinning workout"

This month Rhian Stephenson, Nutritionist and Managing Director of the highly addictive indoor spinning workout Psycle tells us what music gets her pumping.

 

1. Drunk in Love (Diplo remix)

'I love all things Beyonce so find that it’s a good track to get me into the right headspace for a workout. The diplo remix is a little more energetic.' 

 

2. Bang Bang by Jessie J & Ariana Grande

'This is a great prep track once you’ve done some warm up. It helps get my heart rate up but keeps it light hearted before the serious work starts - it makes me want to dance around so just automatically lifts my energy! A little guilty pleasure is a great way to start the workout in a positive mindset.' 

3. DJ Turn it Up by Yellow Claw

'I love doing quick runs out of the saddle on a spin bike. It’s incredible for the physique - since you keep your pace consistently high throughout the whole track, the load stays on your cardiovascular system rather than your legs so it keeps you lean and gives you a huge metabolic burn. You need a fast song with a strong beat that you can match the whole way through - it never lets up!'


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Get The Gloss
Get The Gloss
"Can be likened more to a dance class than a classic spinning session"

As Managing Director of Psycle, Rhian calls the shots at the cool Soho based studio that offers full body workouts that can be likened more to a dance class than a classic spinning session. As well as providing fantastic fitness classes, Pscyle provides integrated health programs that includes meal ideas, detox plans and exercise advice. A trained naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, Rhian has had extensive experience transforming people’s lives from a holistic perspective. We caught up with her to find out how she got where she is today…

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Ours Magazine
Ours Magazine
"Absolutely amazing adrenaline escape"

Psycle Anybody?

Having a father baboon whose crazy about spinning, the healthy baboon has been taking on traditional spinning classes for years now.  But Psycle my friends is without a doubt the future of spinning.

Being a 45 minute workout, Psycle is specifically designed to strengthen the body’s core and tone key body parts whilst burning maximum calories. How do they achieve this? By literally having a party on a bike.

So lets break it down for you…

Once you enter into the psycle studio, you will get your cleated shoes to click in and get started – to increase the connection between the leg and the bike,  engaging those hamstrings and glute muscles to make those legs look lean and toned without those big mama thighs! Don’t be afraid, those cleated shoes can be tricky! There were several occasions where I had to just take my foot out for the stretching sesh at the end, but if you get stuck just do it with pride.  It’s good to be a silly baboon sometimes!

 

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Women's Heath
Women's Heath
"London's coolest spinning-meets-meditation studio does one of the best shakes we've ever tasted"

London's coolest spinning-meets-meditation studio does one of the best shakes we've ever tasted. Almost better than a red velvet cake. You know the drill: chop and blend everything.

Smoothie operator: Beetroot is loaded with antioxidants and ups nitric oxide, which enhances oxygen transportation to muscles to increase endurance pre-exercise. Beet that. 

Harper's Bazaar
Harper's Bazaar
"The amazing Psycle has launched an exciting Active Detoc plan"

Not content with hosting London's ultimate spin class - with laser lighting and top tunes in the studio, and Bumble and Bumble and GHD products in the changing room - the amazing Psycle has launched an exciting Active Detoc plan. Choose a 10-day or three-week plan for more energy, a brighter complexion, improved digestion, reduced stress and a calmer mind. Expert Rhian Stephenson will be giving advise on getting the essential nutrients by eating clean, healthy food, to registered subscribers every Wednesdat at 5.30pm. 

Mens Health
Mens Health
"Squeeze Fatigue"

Sqeeuze your fatigue. 

 

Ginger 1/2in, peeled

Pineapple, 4 fresh slices

Cucumber 1/2

Spinach, 1 handful

Red apple 1

Mix in 1tsp of Wheatgrass (Rhian Stephenson, psyclelondon.com)

The Young Domestic Goddess
The Young Domestic Goddess
"I felt completely invigorated, enthused and inspired"

Situated behind the bustling streets of Oxford Circus, Psycle is a haven for fitness fiends. With two dedicated studios in the basement and the most stunning changing areas I have ever experienced, Psycle is definitely at the luxury end of the exercise arena. Thanks to Ibibery London I had two free passes, so Alex and I went along for a class with the lovely Natalie.

We were very kindly greeted by the friendly staff at reception, given shoes, directions and advice for the class. Lockers are electronically operated allowing you to use your own four-diget code avoiding the need for keys. Once changed, we headed down to Studio 2 for our class.

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Glamour magazine
Glamour magazine
"Spinning ups its game"

London fitness studio Psycle launched and kick-started a trend for cycling-based workouts. It's like taking a spin class at a rave, and the post-workout endorphin buzz is immense

Grazia
Grazia
"London’s coolest spinning class"

Judging by the wind, rain and grey skies happening outside our windows at this very moment, it’s safe to say summer is well and truly over. Yet whilst many of us rejoice at the thought of stashing away our bikinis for another 12 months, and are already dreaming of carb-heavy puddings and comfort food galore, our fitness friends over at Psycle and the Detox Kitchen have the perfect antidote to the winter blues. As you’ll already know, Psycle, London’s coolest spinning class, is already a firm Grazia fave, so we were over the moon to hear that our workout just got a whole lot healthier…

Step forward The Active Detox- a stellar new health programme created by Psycle’s resident nutritionist Rhian Stephenson and in association with The Detox Kitchen- aimed at kickstarting your health through clean nutrition and invigorating (and super fun) Psycle classes. Guaranteed to beat the winter blues and give your immune system a serious boost just in time for the colder weather- us beauty girls give The Active Detox our full beauty marks.

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Sheerluxe.com
Sheerluxe.com
"Supercharge your midday break at Psycle’s new Lunch Club"

Supercharge your midday break at Psycle’s new Lunch Club: a 35-minute class that comes complete with a lunch from health food and fashion industry favourites, The Detox Kitchen. A high intensity, low impact, head-to-toe workout on a bike, expect classes with unique soundtracks to inspire your exercise regime.

Grazia
Grazia
"Exercise improves circulation, which benefits all parts of the body"

Rhian Stephenson, a naturopath and director of wellness at Psycle, says there are a number of potential reasons for female hair loss. 'Excess androgens, polycystic ovaries, insulin resistance or diabetes, anemia, hypothyroidism and coeliac disease are among main causes.'

'Exercise can be beneficial for hair health for two reasons,' says Rhian. 'Firstly, exercise improves circulation, which benefits all parts of the bodyc, including your scalp. This increase brings more nutrients and oxygen to the follicles, which in turn helps nourish and feed the hair.' 

 

 

Evening Standard
Evening Standard
"The simultaneous movement of legs and arms stretches out hunched silhouettes. "

And then there's Psycle (psyclelondon.com), the spin workout that has seduced Soho fashionistas. It's a high-intensity but low-impact workout: you work an exercise bike while wielding light hand weighrs, engaging muscles all over the body (particularly focusing on the core).c Get off your seat: it's your move. 

Elle magazine
Elle magazine
"London’s coolest spin class"

Rhian Stephenson, resident nutritionist at London’s coolest spin class, Psycle, says: 'It’s important not to be intimidated by juicing. Choose an intro juice that includes some fruit in order to make it more palatable – we sell a Purearth one called Hydrate that contains apple, coconut water and lemon to balance out the spinach, celery and chard. You’ll naturally progress to choose juices with a higher vegetable con- tent the more you drink them.'

The Wife
The Wife
"Psycle is an inspiring, energetic, challenging workout"

Pyscle is the answer for The British WIFE who misses Soul Cycle stateside. Finally a fast, effective and enjoyable spin class has come to the heart of London. Psycle is an inspiring, energetic, challenging workout that will transform The British WIFE’s mind and body. This 45 minute class provides a full body workout that combines high intensity intervals, core strength, weights, and low impact exercises on a bike. The classes are set to curated playlists that are charged with positivity and emotion to help deepen your workout and keep you motivated. 

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Forbes
Forbes
"Amazing instructors, great music, great juices"

There’s a great new spin studio called Psycle that’s got the SoulCycle vibe — really amazing instructors, great music, great juices and protein balls. It’s the only spinning studio that I’ve been to in the UK that’s sort of getting that SoulCycle vibe. It’s on Mortimer Street just off Oxford Circus.

The Times
The Times
"A serious take on spinning underpinned by science"

Psycle. A serious take on spinning underpinned by science and for which you wear clip-in cycle shoes. It's set to music selected to ensure it provides the precise beats per minute to maximise performance, as set out in studies by sports scientists at Brunel University London. There are plans to collaborate with Team Sky, using the professional cycling teams' laboratories to test how well the psycle workout really does improve fitness. 

Group indoor cycle classes, a workout genre that was previously dominated by women, is also attracting men in their droves. New takes on Spinning, such as the Psycle London studio overseen by Tim Weeks, an Olympian triathlon coach, are luring men along with the promise that it entails truckloads of effort and will produce a cyclist's physique. "Men like exercise to involve maximal effort and some competition," says Weeks. "And once they've tried a class they realise they can push themselves on an indoor bike."

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Marie Claire
Marie Claire
"Eat Clean, not dirty "

'Seaweed, alfalfa grass and chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants that synthesises sunlight) naturally bond to toxins to carry them through the body, eggs produce 'good' cholesterol that your liver needs, and drinking cayenne pepper, lemon and water will effectively flush out your kidney's, resulting in a sharper mind and brighter skin', advises Rhian Stephenson, nutritionist at Psycle.'

Glamour magazine
Glamour magazine
"The reason we're loving it is because it's FUN!"

The 45-minute class, created by former athlete and Olympic coach Tim Weeks, is designed to strengthen your core and help you tone up while burning away a serious amount of calories. 

Our Verdict: This hip new London cycle studio has got the GLAMOUR office all in a spin. Partly it's the stylish décor (think eye-catching illustrations on the walls and cool white changing rooms stocked with Ila products), and partly it's the super-healthy vibe (you'll find green juices and protein balls on sale at reception and the website features delicious recipes you're going to want to try). But mainly the reason we're loving it is because it's FUN! It's not your typical indoor cycling class as it incorporates a range of different moves, including a weights section to tone up your upper body. Another USP is that on arrival you are handed a pair of cleated shoes to wear that slot into the pedals - this, the folks at Psycle say, will help engage your hamstrings and glutes without bulking up the thighs. 

 

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The Times
The Times
"Classes provide a longer-lasting calorie burn"

We all know that the key to staying reasonably fit and healthy is at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity. However, the brutal truth is that if you want to lose weight at the same time, you need to try harder. Multiple studies have shown that, without changes to diet, moderate exercise programmes can result in weight remaining static. Some people even find they gain weight with increased exercise as hunger pangs rise when they become more active.

A new breed of workouts promises to change that. By combining the fat-burning and heart enhancing benefits of cardio along with muscle-toning from resitance work, metabolic-boosting classes provide a longer-lasting calorie burn. From Psycle (full body workout combining cycling and weights) to Climbercise (indoor climbing and circuits), Tabata (high-intensity interval training) and Insanity (a 'maximum intensity', multidisciplinary workout DVD) to Frame (dance and yoga classes) and CrossFit (short bursts of strength building exercises without breaks), these regimes require you to dig deeper into your reserves than ever before. 

Sunday Times Style
Sunday Times Style
"Friday night is fitness night"

Forget letting your hair down. Tying it up for a workout is the new way to round off the week. London leads the way, with everything from Friday night spin classes at Psycle near Oxford Circus (often themed - from Ibiza to MJ) to the new live DJ classes at Barry's bootcamp on Euston Road, often with a 30-plus waiting list. 

TimeOut
TimeOut
"Part club night, part dance class, part spinning session"

Delete the 'c' and add a 'ps' and your standard gym-based cycle becomes part club night, part dance class, part spinning session. As the lights go down and the lasers flash, I'm told to get ready to 'bounce to the beat', make rave arms and move weights - all while cycling on and off the saddle. The instructors have the boundless enthusiasm of a 'Fame' kid: if you're the type that can 'lose yourself in the music', this class is fun-filled cardio...

Grazia
Grazia
"It makes you feel good. And cool. And ridiculously happy"

I genuinely love the idea of exercise, and it ends there. Actually doing it is a whole other ball game (I hate ball games too), but with my wedding day looming in the distance, looking hotter/ slimmer/ younger in very much the plan. Yet with it all pointing in the direction of more exercise, it’s scarily unrealistic.

And then I tried Psycle. As with a lot of cutting edge fitness trends emerging in the UK, Pyscle’s ethos originated in the USA, where fitness is a state of mind, a way of life and focused on much more than just looks and BMI.

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Elle Decoration
Elle Decoration
"Gyms don't have to be soulless"

Gyms don't have to be soulless, utilitarian places: that's the principle behind new London venue Psycle, which offers dynamic cycling-based workouts to cool music, healthy food; a shop that sells gorgeous Ila Spa beauty products and fitness wear by stella McCartney for Adidas; and smart changing rooms.

The pay-as-you-go classes have been developed with former Olympic coach Tim Weeks so that you can go at your own pace, and soundtracks are designed to take you through warm-up, high-engery and chill-out phases to maximise the benefits of the workout. The modern interior, masterminded by founder Colin Waggett, has neon lighting and bold murals by Southsea design studio I Love Dust.

Daily Express
Daily Express
"I didn’t feel intimidated as there was a real sense of togetherness"

Walking into the sleek central London location I was handed a pair of special cycling shoes that fix to the pedals. They are required by everyone taking part and increase the connection between the leg and the bike, engaging the hamstrings and glute muscles for leaner, more toned legs.

The studio itself was a low-lit room with multi-coloured disco strobes. Sian, the instructor, helped me to adjust my bike before I hopped on to the seat and clicked the cleated shoes into the pedals.

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Vogue
Vogue
"Who knew a work out could be so much fun?"

Who knew a work out could be so much fun? As soon as you walk through the doors of Psycle London's Mortimer Street location the adrenaline kicks in.

A bubbly girl greets you: "Welcome to Psycle," and hands you a pair of spanking new spinning shoes in your size - I feel instantly transported back to my native New York City. I park my belongings in the most beautiful and clean changing rooms with everything you might need - state of the art white lockers, professional blowdryers and a huge pot of neon hairbands. Much appreciated by the girl who forgets hers!

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Sunday Times Style
Sunday Times Style
"The new spin classes are tribal, primal and highly addictive. "

As a self-professed exercise junkie, there’s not a sport I wouldn’t attempt, or an exercise class I wouldn’t try. So why, until a month ago, had I never set foot in a Spinning class? If I had to make an honest guess, it would have something to do with being a perfectionist who is secretly intimidated by things I don’t think I’ll be good at. But I wanted to know why so many people are utterly addicted to Spinning. And why they go a bit crazy if they can’t get into a specific class or reserve precisely the front-row bike they want. What was I missing?

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How to spend it
How to spend it
"I can feel my core muscles engage and my heartbeat increase. "

New York craze SoulCycle – the spiritual spinning exercise class that’s designed to strengthen the core and tone key body parts while burning maximum calories and uplifting the spirit – is?one of the fastest-growing fitness phenomenons of the decade, according to Forbes (since 2010, ridership has increased 58 per cent), with 25 studios and 8,000 riders a day. Quite some busi- ness idea then, and it’s no wonder others are jumping on the two-wheeled bandwagon. London now has its very own answer to SoulCycle in the form of Psycle. When did indoor cycling get so deep?

Located just off Regent Street, Psycle is a slick, polished hive of activity when I arrive. On sale are ILA Spa lotions, potions and candles; Psycle own-branded apparel; pressed kale and spinach juices in glass bottles; beetroot and acai shots and protein balls. A selection of iPads are mounted on the walls for people to check timetables and book classes.

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Company
Company
"I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed – and this obsession is taking over my life."

I’ve got a confession. I’m cheating on my boyfriend. I can’t help it, I’ve fallen head over heels. In fact, I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed – and this obsession is taking over my life. I can't stop doing it, can't stop thinking about it, I spend every minute of every day talking about it (just ask my work mates!). It makes me feel good about myself, cheers me up if I’m feeling down and I can take my frustration out on it if I’m having a bad day. I’ve even found myself buying more and more ‘kit’ so I can look my best for it. But the boyf needn't worry, (honest Steve), cos the new love of my life is actually an indoor cycling class. But not just any old cycling class – so let me tell you why Psycle gets my pulse racing…

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Vantage
Vantage
"Psycle is a dance workout like no other"

Imagine a dark room, strobe lighting and an infectious techno beat: Psycle is a dance workout like no other, because for starters, you are sat on a bike. Experience the buzz of going clubbing (without the hangover) whilst burning calories and toning key body parts. Run by a collection of gymnasts and dancers, Psycle is the latest exercise craze to hit London. Be warned, this is not just a spin class with music, but a 45 minute workout, where having a good time is key. Put your hands in the air…

Huffington Post
Huffington Post
"You would never know that this was the middle of the working day but we are in the midst of a cycling rave."

The workplace can be fraught with tension, with intense hours staring at screens or sitting in windowless conference rooms for hours on end, and many of us do not even take a lunch break. When I see that a new boutique spin studio, Psycle, has opened up a few doors from our offices I gather the women of Carlton's PR & Marketing department to cycle it out in a lunch hour.

The entrance is cool, minimalist and bright white - I feel as if I have walked into the future. We are given cleated shoes and ready to experience a biking revolution in a dark room with florescent lights that will change colour throughout the session. The 30 bikes are taken by men and women, united on a mission to escape the corporate world for 45 minutes.

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Elle online
Elle online
"It feels more like a party on a bike than the hardcore workout it is"

The Concept: Forget everything you thought you knew about spinning, Psycle has flipped it on its head. If trudging away on a static bike in a spin class at your local gym has always felt a tad, dare we say, dull then you need to try Psycle.

Inspired by the spin classes that have gained cult-status in the US like Flywheel and Soul Cycle (Jake Gyllenhaal and Lady Gaga are big fans of the latter), Psycle has a nightclub feel.

There are playlists crafted by Journalist and music expert Miranda Sawyer that carry you through the class, while futuristic lights flash and zip around the room.

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ES Magazine
ES Magazine
"Like lightning is shooting out of your arse. It’s unbelievable"

Welcome to Psycle — it’s newer, harder, stronger and, best of all, dreamed up in London.

The heart of a Psycle class is moving to a beat: you move your arms and torso in rhythm, working your whole body while pedalling on a fixed bike. The trainers are not your common or garden fitness dudes. In fact, barely any of them have a straight gym background. Rather they include a GB gymnast, a ballerina formerly with the Royal Ballet, plus dancers who have choreographed Strictly, toured with Rihanna, Jay Sean and Girls Aloud, or worked on stage in the West End.

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Womens Fitness
Womens Fitness
""It really pushes your body to the limits, but also includes lighter sections to recover""

Everyone’s heard of a spin, and if it were just as simple as riding a stationary bike for the duration of the class, you wouldn’t often hear the words ‘grueling,’ ‘sweaty’ and ‘tough’ associated with it. Psycle includes elements of HIIT training – it really pushes your body to its limits, but also includes lighter sections to allow you to recover. This makes it more about quality than quantity. You have to work hard but you can get it done quickly.