28 Aug 2017
3 min read
Any fitness enthusiast knows the importance and amazing benefits—both physical and mental—of constantly surprising our bodies with new exercises. Which is why I bring to you my next series of ‘group classes to look out for’, in which I attended some novel classes in our ever-expanding fitness industry. This week, my spotlight is on Beat Cycling, the first and only spinning class in Nepal, which is offered at Gymkhana. I set up my workout date with the enthusiastic Neha Banu, the Head Beat Cycling Coach at the gym.
Before heading to the class, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for and did not know what to expect. I knew about spinning—because of all the hype it has been getting, thanks to celebrities. However, I thought it would be like any other cardio class and had a lot of faith in my fitness level. I was proven wrong.
Why Beat Cycling?
Banu says that at Gymkhana, they have taken the best from spin and mixed that with other forms of exercises to give it a special touch. She told me that attending regular Beat Cycling classes can help improve one’s cardiovascular fitness and is also a fun way to burn a whole lot of calories and shed body fat. For Banu, Beat Cycling classes are one of the most effective and easy-to-learn ways to get the most benefits in a short period of time.
The class at Gymkhana
Neha started off by getting the members, including myself of course, acquainted with the bike. Yes, the spin cycle is different from a typical stationary bike and you need to learn a few things:
Ensure that you are comfortable on the bike; the seat should be at hip level when you stand by its side
- Adjust the resistance according to the trainer’s instructions
- Learn moves like the ‘tap back’, which involves getting off the saddle and back on multiple times
- Learn about good body posture, such as having a good grip on the handles and keeping your arms bent and back straight
Apart from these, Banu also gave us the following tips :
- The importance of tightening the pedal belts around our feet
- How to gradually increase your intensity
- Remembering to slow down if things get too difficult, and drinking sufficient water
Once we got comfortable, she pumped up the music and we started pedalling.
How did Sujita perform?
Here are some of the things that I learned, and you too can expect these from your first spin class:
- Burn, baby, burn
I cannot say for sure how many calories I burned, but my legs were on fire. I kept telling myself that it was just another leg day, but it was much more than that. There were occasions when I felt like my lower body would give up, and I immediately spun the scale back to lower resistance, slowed down and caught my breath. Nevertheless, I was excited about the results such a burn would have on my glutes.
- Set your own pace
It is necessary to increase the intensity as the class rolls on, but that said, it is crucial to be practical and know your limit. For instance, I managed to pull through the first interval of the tap-back moves but could not continue with it as we went into the next circuit. I chose to continue with the moves while on the saddle.
- Not as painful as leg day
By that, I mean the aftermath, since I did not experience as much soreness as I usually would after my designated leg day. I was glad that I did not have to wince while walking down the stairs the next day.
- My verdict
First things first, this class gave me a reality check about my fitness level and made me realise that I probably am not as fit as I thought I was. Would I go for another session? Absolutely. Would I recommend this to others? Definitely—especially if you are looking for thrilling new ways to work on your lower body.