Full Psycle with Rachel of Wayfaring Rachel

WORKIN' ON OUR FITNESS:

After having gone to a couple cycling classes, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from Full Psycle. Yeah, well I was pretty wrong. From the start, this studio is unlike any of the others I have gone too. In a great way. Neomi was the instructor for my 45 minute Full Psycle class. She was friendly and pumped up. Similar to SoulCycle, the studio is darker when you walk in and get set up on your bike. It has upbeat music playing throughout the class, but is much, much more interactive. Each bike is numbered, which corresponds to your stats on the board. Starting with blue, up to green, yellow, orange and then finally, red, the color your bike is at any given moment corresponds to what effort "zone" you are in. Initially, this can seem a bit intimidating because people aren't always at the same level, but Full Psycle takes care of that! The beginning starts with a 3 minute push. Your efforts and pace at that time are averaged out to determine your own personal zones and what it takes to get you there. These zones are yours and yours alone for the rest of the class.  

WORKIN' ON OUR FITNESS:

Throughout the 45 minutes, you participate in mileage races, timed pushes and other various activities and you can see your progress on the board the whole time. You'll be able to see your individual mileage for the class, speed and the amount of energy you have created. Weights are incorporated into this class as well, but in my opinion, in a better manner than at SoulCycle. At various points throughout the class you are doing weight work, then a push, then more weight work, another push, etc. It felt much more cohesive than just small weights at the end.

Overall, I found the atmosphere at Full Psycle to be super friendly and less intimidating. It allows you to push yourself harder and keeps you accountable. More than just the workout, the customer service here is top notch. Included with your class, your shoes are free, you are provided a towel and you can even grab a water out of the cooler at no charge. Walk into the classroom and there are employees who are willing and eager to help you get your bike set up correctly. Push your way through your class and at the cool down for the end of class, you'll fall in love with whichever Full Psycle staff member is carrying around the tray of cool towels for you to grab. If you're into cycling, looking to push yourself, hold yourself accountable or just want to try something new I can't recommend this place enough!

Your entire first week is FREE! Check out Full Psycle Lincoln Park to reserve a class now!

IT'S WHO YOU KNOW:

If you ask Rachel where she's from, you're going to get about 100 answers. Most recently, she moved from Chicago to Cincinnati, but her love for exploring, has also given her opportunity to live in several other states, like Texas and Kentucky. In Chicago, she spends her time blogging primarily, but also works as a marketing consultant. You wouldn't really know that a couple years ago she was in college for pre-veterinary medicine.
 
It was during that time that she realized she didn't want to spend every day inside of a lab, so she ditched that idea and took off on a European backpacking trip. She found her love for traveling and after that trip ended, she just kept on going. Part of what Rachel loves most about traveling is how you don't just learn more about other cultures, but you learn more about yourself. Some people are born, raised and remain in the same city their whole lives (which Rachel insists there is nothing wrong with) but she wants to spend her time immersing herself all over the world. 
 
Italy is one of Rachel's favorite trips. She took an Italian class before going, which allowed her to experience it a bit more authentically. Aside from vacation destinations, if she could move anywhere that she has visited, it would be Budapest. You can even read a bit about her love affair with Budapest's Ruin Pubs! With all of the great places around the world, where should you go first? Rachel says that all of Southeast Asia is a great travel option.

GOOD READS:

In college, Rachel had a lifestyle blog, but she realized she didn't love it and left it behind. Instead, in May 2015, encouraged by her love of travel, she started Wayfaring Rachel.
 
Travel can take a toll on people and it can be stressful. Aside from the physical demands that the actual act of traveling requires, there's all the mental stimulation when trying to decide where to go, what to do, how much to spend, etc. Wayfaring Rachel is designed to lighten this process. As an overall guide on "how to travel," this blog will introduce you to new destinations and what is a "can't miss" experience there. You'll even get an idea on what to bring with you to really ease the process. 
 
Wayfaring Rachel's information will continue to expand as Rachel hits more destinations (like Greece!) and expands the topics she covers. An avid yogi, she would love to dabble in health and fitness, especially how it relates to travel. It's important to stay healthy while traveling and not get sidetracked with the experiences and all of the food. ALL. OF. THE. FOOD. This blog may soon cover food to eat and ways to stay fit while on vacation. Not to mention having the right type of clothing with you. You can also expect to see some vegan recipe posts. Being plant based herself, Rachel wants to share some healthy ideas and travel options with her followers.

TIDBITS OF TRUTH:

Favorite blogs to follow? World of Wanderlust and The Blonde Abroad
What's your ultimate meal? Really, really good oatmeal. Favorite is steel cut oats, a bit of water, cashew milk, almond butter, blueberries and some cinnamon. 
How do you take your coffee? Black and lots of it. No cream and no sugar.

BOTTOM LINE:

Wayfaring Rachel is a blog for 20 something women who are interested in traveling to new places. It's a place for people always looking for new destinations to inspire them and help them discover new places.


Rachel Medlock blogs about travel, fashion, and fitness at Wayfaring Rachel, while also spreading the love by contributing to sites like The Culture Trip and Mogul. As a lifelong nomad, she jumps on a plane (or train…or automobile) as often as possible. She has a penchant for Audrey Hepburn movies, bourbon, trying to master handstands, rescuing animals, and anywhere there's sunshine. 

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