Ticket To MyRide

For those who haven’t heard, ‘flexercise’ is the key to getting fit and having fun in the process. If you’ve been hiding under a stone, then what this means is – as perfectly coined by Ruby Warrington in Grazia – is that: “Flexercising allows you to dip in and out of everything to keep things interesting”. There are new and creative ways of getting into – and staying – in shape which are easily accessible, and affordable. But how many of us are taking advantage? In one week I have done a hefty swimming session, got ruined at two spin classes, been for a glutes-busting cross-country run, and squeezed in a weights session. And I’m feeling pretty bored. There is so much more out there I have yet to incorporate into my training schedule. Doing the same thing all the time is, to be frank, dull as hell, and it’s vital to keep your muscles guessing.

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As an obsessive spin addict – I have to get my ‘hit’ at least three times a week – I have experimented with numerous classes, but usually those focussing on audio. I work as a music consultant for a central London spin studio and am a DJ, after all, so it’s only natural that I would lean favourably to classes with a strong music focus. But, what I have been missing out on, are the classes which take you on a visual journey. So it was time to break my MyRide virginity.

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MyRide is a spin studio experience that, thanks to amazing technology and fitness innovation, takes you on on a virtual cycling adventure across stunning terrains and landscapes, globally. The screen is high resolution, and at times so realistic you might get a little dizzy when turning those mountainous corners. Although this provision is not new – it has been around for several years – today was the first time I had dared to try it.

As I am currently out of London, holed away in East Sussex working on my Ph.D – and hanging out with my elderly mother – I have been encouraged (well, a little forced…) to explore what the local fitness institutions have to offer. And I have been more than pleasantly surprised. The Freedom Leisure Group have surpassed my expectations of what I wrongly assumed would be basic, under par leisure centres in Sussex sleepy towns. The first spin class I went to at the newly renovated Crowborough site put me right through the fitness ringer – more hardcore than many of my London classes. And today I zipped through the countryside to try out the new MyRide studio at the Hailsham centre. Not as flash as some of the gyms I am used to in shmancy London Town, perhaps, but that aside what this centre does provide is excellent fitness provisions for the local area, particularly with the older community. There were a bunch of ladies having a right laff at bowling when I arrived.

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The impressive MyRide studio is tucked away down in the basement – the hidden gem at the heart of the centre. I can’t tell you precisely what roads across the USA and Europe we went on, but to my surprise what it did ignite was memories of places I have visited over the years, in the UK and overseas. One moment I thought I was in Copenhagen visiting a relative, and the next I thought I was in North Wales, Devon, the South of France and Sydney. I knew perfectly well this wasn’t the case, but it was lovely to have been able to project a plethora of fond memories onto the screen. 60 minutes and 720 calories flew by and I can now say I am putting flexercising to the test. The beauty of MyRide is that it not only adds colour and variety to your workout, but is a great way to boost the confidence of new riders to help get them out onto the road.

MyRide? Make it YourRide. It’s time to throw a bit of colour into your training schedule. Right, what’s next? I think I’ll try my hand at Yoga Rave…

 

 

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