Since the 2012 Olympics, there has been this surge in the popularity of getting on one’s bike, being part of a bike club and getting out en masse. Cycling is proving to be the exercise of choice for many. You only need to see the popularity of cycling clubs in Sudbury, Hadleigh and Boxford to see this is becoming the exercise of choice for many who want to improve their fitness.
However, you don’t need to have the latest bike, don the Lycra or be part of a Bike Club to reap the benefits of cycling. I, for one, am not massively enthused by cycling (unless its to a pub a few miles away) I’d rather run, but I know there are huge health benefits as a form of exercise.
There are a range of different cycling classes taking place at Peake Fitness at Stoke by Nayland Hotel that take place at different times and different days and for different lengths of time. I spent a couple of weeks doing a number of classes and here’s what I found...
Spin (Monday 8:15pm & Saturday 9:00am)
I attended the Saturday class, that starts at 9am and lasts 60 minutes. My fellow spinners were clearly seasoned attendees, but one of the great things about taking part in a cycling class is that you very much work to your own speed and resistance. No one knows how fast you're cycling or if you’re in the highest gear. It’s all up to you. I’ve never done a spin class before and I certainly didn’t want to spend my Saturday with an injury, so I went at my own pace.
Spin classes take place twice a week - Monday evening at 8:15pm and that lasts 45 minutes and Saturday morning at 9am. That class lasts an hour.
Turbo (Wednesday 9:30am & Friday 8:30am)
Whist Spin is traditionally choreographed working in and out of the saddle to the beat of the music ‘Turbo’ is a ‘turbo charged’ HIIT workout on a bike. The resistance is lighter (little or no hills!) with the main focus on high intensity sprint intervals. Due to the intensity of this class the duration is only 45 minutes which is the types of exercise I favour. I get bored doing the same thing over again, so the varied pace and intensity of Turbo appeals.
Pursuit (Monday 8:30am)
This is the same format as Turbo but just 30 minutes in duration so if you’re pushed for time there still time to squeeze a session in.
All three classes use music as the motivator with the emphasis on speed and resistance depending on which class you choose. The instructors were great at motivating and encouraging us all. You work to your own pace and if you’re naturally competitive, then you could compare to the person next to you, but for me, it was just doing the best I could. I’m not a natural cyclist, but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it - because I really did.
Benefit of Spin, Turbo and Pursuit Classes
The benefits of these cases are plentiful. The classes are also really good fun and you don’t need to be superfit gym bunny to enjoy. Here are 5 reasons why you should give them a go:
If you’d like to take a look at when these class run and all other classes at Peake Fitness, check out the class timetable here. If you’re a member of Peake Fitness, classes are included in your membership, but if you’re not a member, you can still attend any classes. They cost £7 per hour’s class, £6 per 45 minutes and just £5 per 30 minutes. Make sure you book your place because some classes are very popular.
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