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A newbie’s guide to spin

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There is one exercise class I’ve never tried and that’s spin. For someone who doesn’t consider cardio as their best gym activity (I get bored easily, with each minute seeming like an hour), spin didn’t seem like a good fit.

For some reason, I found myself wanting to give it a go, and without a second thought, decided to try virtual spin and willingly ventured into the studio armed with a towel and bottle of water.

So did I survive? Yes, I did. Very much so. I arrived at the class 10 minutes before to acquaint myself with the bike and turned my legs over to warm up. The class started, and after a short while I was up and down hills in various countries, pushing myself and most importantly: enjoying it! The virtual instructor tells you when to raise out of the saddle and increase your resistance. My fitness tracker seemed equally impressed too.

As you’ve probably guessed from my earlier comment about getting bored, one of my main fears of spin wasn’t my physical ability, it was my ability to concentrate and push myself for a long period of time. The nature of spin means your mind is occupied as much as your legs so time just seems to fly. One of my other fears was fitting in, however this really didn’t even enter my head in the class; it’s built around working at your own level. My only competition was me.

Would I do it again? I can already answer that question, I enjoyed it so much, I did another a couple of days later. So if you’re like me and have spent years not doing spin, I’d encourage you to give it a go, the beauty of having virtual and live instructor classes is you can find an option that suits you.

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We can create you a personal fitness plan that allows you to work to your level, achieve your goals & try out new equipment. This is included in your joining fee.

With many different membership options, you'll find the right one for you. There are monthly, annual, contract or no contract options. 
Our gyms have Technogym® cardio, resistance & free weight equipment. We also have a range of functional training equipment including ViPR & TRX. 
As well as fitness equipment we also have steam and sauna suites, chillax sensory session and 2 cafés where you can relax after finishing your workout.

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    rutland sports park | health club member "Since joining the Health Club I have achieved my goals and completed the Robin Hood Half Marathon"
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    rutland sports park | student member "Thanks to a plan from instructor James Dixon I have achieved my goals in 4 weeks."
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    west park | health club member "I like that there was no pressure to take out membership and the friendly staff. I also love the Zumba classes."
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    west park | health club members"The reactions have been brilliant, my work colleagues are always coming up to me and complimenting me on my weight loss wanting to know how I’ve done it! It is so nice when people start seeing the results."
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