Cycle To The Edge - With Edge Cycle Bootcamp
They say ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ if you want to be happy and live a calmer, less stressful life (in fact, there is a book about with this title - by Richard Carlson, first introduced to me by my friend and fellow blogger Sarah). With Edge Cycle spin classes that I got totally hooked on recently - you are guaranteed to sweat big time and leave your stress behind. Being a big fan of spin classes, I tried all types of indoor cycling before - from small classes in a gym to professional studios. With the largest indoor cycling studio in London, fantastic teachers (read on) and its signature intense bootcamp workout programme in a fully equipped location just off Chancery Lane/Holborn, Edge Cycle exceeded my highest expectations.
For the starters, I was curious about the studio’s approach blending Indoor Cycling and Bootcamp floor exercises promising to give ‘a total workout for the body and core’. Edge Cycle Bootcamp classes are one hour long: we started our exercise with a warm-up session learning the key moves that we were about to perform on a bike, then we got a good load of the actual intense cycling experience - spinning away as fast as we could and switching to climbing the mountains. Sweating like crazy, just when I was thinking that I have probably spent all my energy already and can spin no more (in fact, you are very likely to spend around 1,000 calories in one go!), we got off the bikes to go through the tough bootcamp regime.
Burpees, various squats, lunges, and planks were there for us to ‘enjoy’. And there wasn’t really a chance to be lazy and ‘pretend’ to exercise - Edge Cycle teachers walked around the room correcting our moves if required and getting us to give the exercise the best we could. While it is indeed tough and I was totally knackered, no matter what your fitness state is, it’s a great cycling experience that caters for all levels without weights.
I enjoyed the music that was perfectly selected to match the exercise stage Edge Cycle’s unique lighting system that literally helped me immerse into the atmosphere helping me keep spinning through the class.
Having tried spinning both in trainers and cleated shoes, I can totally recommend the latter. Your foot is securely fixed in a cleated shoe on the bike helping you get the most of your cycling experience (in trainers feet are more likely to move around and you will quickly find yourself ‘off-track’).
My first Edge Cycle experience was also highlighted by one of the studio’s instructors - Belinda Shipman - who is a true fitness and healthy lifestyle inspiration. Belinda is a Director of Edge Cycle with over 20 years of Indoor cycling experience and bundles of enthusiasm to make your day. This Aussie mother of 6 children is a keen triathlete, squad cyclist and level 4 Personal Trainer. She totally transformed the way I was thinking of Indoor Cycling with her outrageous teaching style and up tempo dance music! Since my first session with Belinda, I attended her Edge Cycle Bootcamp classes many more times - the way Belinda leads the class and the fabulous muscle happiness you get after are truly addictive.
If this sounds quite intense for you and if you’d rather start off with something more traditional, apart from 1-hour Edge Cycle Bootcamp classes, there are classes that last anything from 35 minutes to 1 ½ hours - so there is definitely something for everyone. Stay tuned for my next post about Edge Cycle exercise with Jamie Shaw - that’s where you build a perfect bum and legs, while training your entire body.
To start exploring Edge Cycle, go to browse the classes timetable and offers http://www.edgecycle.co.uk/prices/ - once you start going, please share your experiences in the comments to this post below!