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Simplicity and a sense of belonging are two factors that inspire almost obsessive levels of devotion to indoor cycling classes

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INDOOR CYCLING In last month’s issue we grilled operators about what makes the best indoor cycling class, and they agreed instructors play a crucial part in the overall class experience. Now we’re asking the experts on the frontline for their thoughts on what makes indoor cycling such a phenomenon CAT BOOKER, OWNER OF CAT BOOKER FITNESS There are many reasons why indoor cycling has such a huge fanbase. The whole experience is important; the instructor, the class, the atmosphere, the friends people make, the bikes, the ride, the fact that pretty much anyone can participate, and the personalised growth. Once someone takes a class with us they become hooked. They bring their friends along too, creating a natural organic growth and sense of community, which is why the social aspect of cycling is so huge. We take great care to put together bespoke rides, looking at the clients and their skill sets to ensure they get the most out of a class. While it’s group exercise, people still want a personalised experience, with set goals they can strive towards achieving. The bikes play an important part in the overall enjoyment of our classes; people want to feel as though they’re cycling on a road bike. The Precor Spinner ® bikes are robust, smooth and adjust to fi t everyone. Along with the programming, this helps to give them an authentic experience. There’s definitely a shift towards the ‘power’ element, which is fundamental to bringing in road cyclists as well as general exercisers. SpinPower ® gives clients the opportunity to be tested for a base line fitness and have a personalised programme created. Power, heart rate, RPE and cadence data is tracked during training by smart phone or transferred to leader boards. Adding power and providing accurate data means we can offer prescriptive programming and set specific goals. Booker says the bike itself is a big part of the appeal, as people want to feel as though they’re on a real road bike 80

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Health Club Management October 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

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Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

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