Pulse 8 offers rehab for lapsed gym bunniesBy Sarah Hamilton
June 21, 2012
Pulse 8 gym in Sindlesham has a host of classes to get you fit and motivated.
Reading Post news editor Sarah Hamilton will be trying them out in a series of articles over the coming weeks.
This week she tries out X-Bike
When it comes to going to the gym, I’m the biggest procrastinator there is. As many readers will recognise, a lot of that avoidance is boredom with gym equipment and getting stuck in a treadmill rut.
The key to motivation is variety and getting results, so when I was offered the chance to try out a series of group classes at Pulse 8 each week I jumped at the chance – and hopefully it will get other lapsed bunnies back in the gym, too.
Pulse 8 in Sindlesham, sister venue to the luxury Nirvana Spa next door, runs many group classes from aqua-aerobics to Zumba as well as having the latest equipment and a women-only workout area.
Spinning classes using fixed ‘bikes’ is well known, but X-Bike is relatively new.
It promises 55 per cent better results than spinning because it’s more than just using your legs. The equipment is based on a mountain bike so the head/handlebars move from side to side as you would when riding off-road, so you have to engage your core and arms as well.
Classes are popular and it was a full house of 35 when I visited its first of two evening sessions on Monday night. The class lasts 45 minutes and is split into several sections which have different music tracks and demands on the body, but there’s not much time for hanging about inbetween – a quick swig of your water bottle and you’re off again.
A handy switch on the handlebar changes your pedal resistance so you can work as hard as you want on the legs plus you can also change the resistance on the handlebar movement to make it as easy or effortful to move as the instructor leads you through the class.
I was cautious to start, keen to finish the session than get puffed out too early, but now getting its measure I have the confidence to push myself more next time. I thought it would be intimidating and expected everyone else to be Tour de France grade – not so, plus you are so in your own little world of exercise you don’t notice what everyone else is doing.
I’d definitely give it a go again – but maybe wearing padded cycling pants next time!
Difficulty: You can work at your own rate, so up to you.
Fun: 4 out of 5 – easy to imagine you are on a mountain bike careering around the hills than indoors.
Main body parts targeted: Core, quads, gluteals, hamstrings, arms.
Effective?: Very – an allround workout in which 400-700 cals can be burned.
Duration: 45 minutes.
For information about joining visit www.pulse8healthclub.com