I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! Isn’t going back to work a bit gutting?
So yesterday, as if Monday’s weren’t punishing enough, I booked myself and Jay into our first Spin class, titled ‘Burn45’ at Ride Republic. Within 12 mins into the class Jay turned to me to say ‘I’ll never forgive you.’ And that’s honestly the best slogan for the class I can really think of.
I love having a lot of fitness class options in London and trying different fitness classes is really fun to me. A couple of weeks ago I tried Aerial Yoga for the first time which was a great laugh. I’m back in the Yoga studio this week because I enjoyed it so much.
A few days ago I saw a tweet about Ride Republic and its ‘Burn Board’ aka a scoreboard where the Top 10 people in the class are ranked based on how much you’re burning throughout the workout. The ‘Burn Board’ was actually what peaked my interest into looking into Ride Republic. I’m massively competitive and I thought it would push me to work really hard in the workout.
I have done Spin classes before, but they’re just been the regular, at the gym, no-frills classes. But the experience at Ride Republic is far from no-frills, it’s expert Spin class central with its own little health cafe and some sports clothing pieces for you to pick from (I was eyeing up a pink Reebok windbreaker for £65!). You’re given proper spin shoes (which I had never used before and the attendant kindly clipped me into the bike because I had no idea what I was doing) and then you’re pretty much off. Spinning away, being motivated by your coach (Katie was ours – lovely, welcoming and gave us a push!) and trying desperately to get on that Burn Board.
Sadly, even though I tried so so hard. I was only on the Burn Board for a brief 5 seconds before someone else knocked me off. I thought I was fit before entering Ride Republic and was put to shame!
Despite my failure to make the Top Ten, the workout was amazing. I’ve not sweat so much or gasped for air so much in such a long time. It was horrible, but once it was over I was so proud of myself and felt amazing about the workout. I burned just over 410 calories in around 45 minutes which is really good going. Plus my metabolism would have sky rocketed afterwards! I’m sure I’ll be back at some point to make my mark on that Burn Board.
Have you ever tried a specialised Spin gym? Would you recommend I try any others in London? Or any other fitness classes for that matter, I’d love to know about them!