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Taking care of the mind, body, and soul can feel like a balancing act even at the best of times. But throw in the inevitable energy level drop that comes when the winter months set in and you’ve got yourself a full-blown plate-spinning act on your hands.
Well, what if we said you could get those endorphin levels up, experience your daily dose of vitamin D, and enjoy a simultaneous mindfulness boost all in one sweat-soaked workout? Enter: FirstLight Cycle, a fitness concept that offers a bright and fresh spin (pun fully intended) on your average SoulCycle class.
Sure, there are plenty of spinning classes that have set the bar high across London, but FirstLight Cycle is like no other. Their 45- and 60-minute immersive cycling workouts are set in a darkened room and combine cardio, mindfulness, and meditation, with an upper-body strength workout using weighted body bars to build and tone your core muscles.
Whether you’re a spinning newbie or a quad-strong pro, their Maestro instructors will lead you through a unique, choreographed class set to their own banging playlists. But what really sets FirstLight apart is its 30-foot widescreen situated at the front of the room. Known as the Magic Mirror, it transports riders to Africa, Manhattan, Rio, Ibiza, and Dubai — you’ll need the distraction once the muscle burn starts to build.
And if you’re fretting about not finding a seat, don’t — the main studio currently has 68 bikes, which is set to rise to 100. Yes, that makes this place the biggest spin studio in the UK.
But a killer workout, top-notch instructors, and an immersive experience are only part of the equation. When celebrity trainer Mark Anthony developed this cutting-edge workout concept he decided to add a dose of simulated sunlight into the mix, too (after all, people in the UK only get around 1,500 hours of sunlight each year).
No need to invest in an SAD light box this winter — FirstLight’s studio utilizes light simulation to mimic the sun’s natural rays and give you a mood-lifting boost. Think about it: you can cycle through dawn to awaken your senses, bust through the midday slump with full alertness, or ride into the sunset to release melatonin.
Plus, there’s no need to drag your duffle bag from work to gym. Not only does FirstLight Cycle provide cycling shoes and LOOK cleats, but they’ve also got fully-stocked changing rooms that include shower towels, natural organic Mauli products, and Cloud Nine straighteners.
And if we hadn’t reeled you in already, the FirstLight studio is situated at the White City branch of Westfield. So you can grab a healthy snack or post-workout smoothie at one of the many restaurants and bars on the way out.
What are you waiting for? We’ve shown you the light, now it’s up to you to catch the rays.
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