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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS 1Rebel’s spin studio amphitheatre features an instructor platform that ascends and descends during spin classes

Rule BREAKERS Standing out from the crowd can give you the edge. Editor Helen Patenall rounds up the H&F club players breaking new ground and stealing the spotlight from their competitors TAKE A SOUND SPIN Alternative fitness operator 1Rebel has opened the world’s first spin studio amphitheatre in Victoria, London. The 7,000sq ft (650sq m) arena at Victoria’s Nova – a multi-restaurant development – houses an 86-bike studio over three stories, as well as an instructor platform that ascends and descends during spin classes via a remote control scissor lift. 72

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1Rebel’s spin studio is home to a 3D sound system – second only to that at the Sydney Opera House – and a sensory shower system. It’s encased in industrial-modern copper piping and white-lacquered exposed brick, with a galvanized steel staircase featuring milky PVC drapery leading up to the changing areas. Founded three years ago by Giles Dean and James Balfour, 1Rebel has three further sites in London, located at Broadgate, Bayswater and the Southbank. www.HCMhandbook.com