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IN­DOOR CY­CLING IS EX­PE­RI­ENC­ING A STRONG RE­VIVAL AND IT’S MORE EX­CIT­ING, FUN AND EX­HIL­A­RAT­ING THAN EVER

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In­door cy­cling is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a strong re­vival and it’s more ex­cit­ing, fun and ex­hil­a­rat­ing than ever

R id­ing a bike is one of the sim­plest ex­er­cise op­tions. Weather per­mit­ting, of course. And traf­fic, un­less you’re lucky enough to live in an area with bik­ing lanes or tracks, or just ar­eas where cy­clists can ride safely. Then there’s also pol­lu­tion to con­tend with, traf­fic and so on. More im­por­tantly, how­ever, there is also the sim­ple fact that un­less you’re look­ing at some se­ri­ous, pro-level cy­cling, a leisurely bike ride out­side isn’t likely to help you lose weight. But in­door cy­cling can.

Of course, when we think about in­door cy­cling, we tend to think about ei­ther a lonely sta­tion­ary bike at home or rows upon rows of those bikes in a gym. The for­mer is def­i­nitely not fun and will likely have you look­ing for other op­tions. The lat­ter, how­ever, is mak­ing a strong come­back all around the globe.

GEAR UP

In­door cy­cling, some­times called spin­ning, is ob­vi­ously not new, and has been a sta­ple in gyms and house­holds all over the world since a long time ago. More re­cently, how­ever, its pop­u­lar­ity— es­pe­cially as an or­ga­nized ac­tiv­ity—has be­come risen dra­mat­i­cally.

A big part of the trend is the trainer aka spin in­struc­tor. Some, par­tic­u­larly in the United States, have ba­si­cally reached celebrity sta­tus. And, per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, there are more than enough peo­ple who pick classes based on who’s teach­ing them. And these same peo­ple will likely fol­low their fa­vorite in­struc­tors if he or she moves from one gym to an­other. There was even a re­al­ity show about spin in­struc­tors, ti­tled “Hol­ly­wood Cy­cle,” that aired in the U.S. back in 2015.

These in­struc­tors can usu­ally be found in stu­dios op­er­ated by the likes of SoulCy­cle and Fly­wheel—fit­ness com­pa­nies with a big fo­cus on in­door cy­cling. Closer to home, we have RIDE Jakarta, founded by Gita Sjahrir. This is In­done­sia’s first bou­tique in­door cy­cling stu­dio, with the premise of redefin­ing the in­door cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fer­ing an in­tense car­dio work­out for ev­ery­one.

In­ter­est­ingly, RIDE Jakarta’s stu­dio is de­signed to look like the in­side of a night­club, ex­cept with rows of sta­tion­ary bikes in­stead of a dance floor. While it might come as a sur­prise to the unini­ti­ated, this ac­tu­ally a great ex­am­ple of what the new trend of in­door cy­cling is all about: An ex­cit­ing group ex­pe­ri­ence with fun am­bi­ence and great music to cy­cle to.

The music of choice for spin­ning is house or rock music set to a dance beat. While there’s the ob­vi­ous func­tion of help­ing par­tic­i­pants keep cadence, the choice of music can also pro­vide an ex­tra mo­ti­va­tor to help cy­clists keep their tempo and have fun. As such, an in­struc­tor’s playlist of songs be­comes just as im­por­tant as his or her train­ing rou­tine—both in terms of cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive ex­er­cise reg­i­men and in main­tain­ing a fun at­mos­phere where par­tic­i­pants can fo­cus on en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence in­stead of sim­ply sweat­ing it out.

BURN­ING CALO­RIES

De­spite the fo­cus on fun and am­bi­ence, mod­ern in­door cy­cling is an ex­tremely ef­fec­tive ex­er­cise op­tion. The most ob­vi­ous ben­e­fit of spin­ning is that it helps ac­cel­er­ate your me­tab­o­lism while strength­en­ing your calves, quads, ham­strings and core mus­cles. While the fo­cus is on your lower body, spin­ners can also ex­pect a more toned physique over­all.

An­other ma­jor ben­e­fit of spin­ning is that it helps build en­durance. In a sin­gle 45 minute ses­sion, pre­pare to burn any­where from be­tween 400 to 600 kilo­calo­ries. More­over, car­dio ex­er­cise like this also helps im­prove your over­all car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tion.

Fi­nally, de­spite the in­ten­sity and tempo of a typ­i­cal spin­ning class, it’s still a low-im­pact ac­tiv­ity that’s gen­tle on the joints. So, in a way, in­door cy­cling also lacks some of the ma­jor draw­backs from run­ning and other high-im­pact forms of ex­er­cise, which is def­i­nitely a wel­come plus point.

TO THE BEAT

A sta­tion­ary bike left col­lect­ing dust in a for­got­ten cor­ner has long been a stock joke about ex­er­cise goals that are never reached. With mod­ern in­door cy­cling, how­ever, the mod­ern ur­ban dweller has an op­tion that is fun, so­cial and, above all else, ac­tu­ally ef­fec­tive in build­ing en­durance and shed­ding weight. So, if those are part of your long term goals, start cy­cling.

“A LEISURELY BIKE RIDE OUT­SIDE ISN’T LIKELY TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT. BUT IN­DOOR CY­CLING CAN”

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