An Interview with the CEO of Psycle London; Rhian Stephenson

For the latest interview in this series I got to catch up with Rhian; the CEO of the trendiest spinning studio in London; PSYCLE. Rhian shares what makes PSYCLE different and the role healthy and fitness have had on her life. Read on to find out more…

Hi Rhian! First things first; what made you first move to London?

I’m originally from Toronto, Canada. I came to London after university with some of my best friends and my boyfriend at the time. The original intention was to have an adventure and see what it would be like to live overseas for a year. 9 years later I’m still here!

 

Has health and fitness always been a part of your life? How do you feel your background has influenced you and what you do today?

Absolutely. I was lucky enough to be immersed in the world if sport from a very young age, so to me exercise and feeling healthy is a way of life. It’s something that I rely on to help me feel happy, strong and confident – so it helps that I have a firsthand passion and belief in the value being strong and healthy brings to your life.

 

What are your favourite things about Psycle?

I can’t pick just one! I love the energy – it oozes passion and excitement. People leave happy and everyone is open, it’s a great thing to see. The community is amazing– in London it’s hard to connect with friends, and PSYCLE is a place where everyone can meet, connect and build relationships.

I’m also personally obsessed with the smoothie bar and energy kitchen – for me having the convenience of getting an ultra healthy plant based meal after my workout is super important. The convenience of having it at your fingertips makes being healthy a lot easier.

 

What inspires you?

So many things. Seeing people push themselves and go beyond their limits. Nature. Laughing with friends. Incredible food. Music.

What’s the best part of your job?

Seeing people transform. Seeing the happiness and energy it creates. And seeing people go from never having worked out to rocking the front row, making healthier choices and feeling great about themselves.

 

Why do you think fitness has become so popular in recent years?

I think it’s because there are so many interesting propositions now. Before the boutique studio model became popular over here the only options really were to join a gym or run. So unless you were already knowledgable about training it was a lot harder to get into exercise, and the options were quite uninspiring.

 

Now that there are so many options there is something to suit everyone. The mentality has also changed. When I first got to England it seemed like the general idea around fitness was that it was something you did to lose weight or make up for being unhealthy. Now there is so much more attention on all of the other incredible effects exercise on things like happiness, confidence, stress release, anti-aging. There’s more motivation than ever to exercise and people understand the importance now.

What’s your one health tip?

Consistency. I see too many people getting frustrated because they aren’t feeling their healthiest, but the key to feeling great is consistency. Exercise and good nutrition should lay the foundations for your life. Doing 3 weeks of hardcore cleansing or exercise will of course give you a boost, but you need to continue and factor it into your lifestyle in order to feel consistently great.

What words do you live by?

I don’t have any in particular, but be kind to yourself is a big one.

 

What’s next for Psycle?

We’re extremely excited for PSYCLE this year. New sites, partnerships, retreats, more wellness workshops – we’re committed to creating unique and inspiring events around wellness that can capture interest and keep people engaged with their health.

 

If you are interested in trying out Psycle find out more about the classes and amazing activities coming up this year here.

 

All images via Rhian & Psycle.

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