‘Your lungs are going to work hard and your bum, hips and legs are going to feel the burn. By the end, your towel won’t have a dry fibre on it’
What is it?
It’s no secret that indoor cycling classes are one of the biggest trends in fitness at the moment. From sessions promising a nightclub vibe to classes that fuse cycling with weight training, there are all kinds of imaginative ways to get fit on a spin bike these days. Pure Ride Performance is for anyone looking to improve their cycling. But although the class is designed with the cyclist in mind, that’s not to say it’s all super serious. Where would an indoor cycling class be without flashing lights, high-energy tunes and a motivational instructor? Whether you opt for a class that focuses on power or endurance, you’re going to have a good time and get a brilliant workout in, too.
What are the benefits?
Pure Ride Performance focuses on getting you better at those hardcore climbs and increasing your endurance so you can cycle for miles and smash your PB. So it’s safe to say that this is no walk (or cycle) in the park. Each bike has a screen that tells you the RPM you’re hitting, your power output in watts and your resistance. You’re told the levels you should be hitting, so there’s no room for slacking – you’ll be encouraged to go fast, and to turn up the heat. The result? A really tough cycle that you might not be able to push yourself to do on your own.
How hard is it?
Expect jelly legs. Pushing through a climb for two minutes at high resistance isn’t easy, and at times it feels like you’re trying to pedal through treacle. But by the time your recovery period comes around, you really feel like you’ve earned it. Regardless of whether the session is centred on power or endurance, your lungs are going to work hard and your bum, hips and legs will feel the burn. By the end, your towel won’t have a dry fibre on it.
Where is it?
Pure Ride in Moorgate, London. Classes are £20, but prices drop when you buy credits in bulk. Visit pureride.co.uk for more information.