Infinite Cycle trainer, Angharad (Harri) Saynor shares a few tips to up your spin class game.
Gone are the days of boring old spin classes in highly lit rooms with some pumped up instructor screaming at you to ‘turn the bloody dial up’.
You can now hop on a bike, in a dark room surrounded by technology and your own personal fitness statistics, with state-of-the-art tilting bikes and the vibes of a night club.
We caught up with Angharad (Harri) Saynor – Master Trainer at Infinite Cycle who is helping to mix up the indoor cycling scene, on her tips to get the best sweat sesh out of your cycle class.
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#1 Test your limits
When it comes to your speed and resistance, always test your limits. That is where you will find strength.
My mantra for life, but especially in your workout is “Your body is more than capable of exceeding your expectations, you’ve just got to allow your mind to believe it.” Even if it’s only a millimetre, it counts – and it’s further than last time, small progress is still progress remember.
#2 Listen to your body
As much as it’s important to excel, you can’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you. Be present and listen: go harder when you have the energy, and recover but keep moving when you need to gain energy.
#3 Find your vibe
If you find an experience you actually enjoy, you’re more likely to:
- a) come back again
- b) push harder
- c) get the results you’re looking for
If you’re over the classic spin class style and are craving something fresh, there’s options out there that could really change your attitude to the workout.
At Infinite Cycle we marry up interactive screens providing you with your stats (watts, RPM and heartrate) in a nightclub setting, you practically forget you’re in a gym.
#4 Lean into your workout
Adding the extra dimension of the bikes tilting enables you to engage your core throughout your workout, recruiting more muscles during leaning and steering movements to burn approximately 20% more calories compared to a conventional stationary bike (CSUN Study; Conducted by S. Loy, Ph.D. March 2009).
At IC, our tilting bikes are our hero piece, they allow you to lean, turn, steer and balance through three essential planes of motion, becoming fully engaged with the bike, and overall riding experience.
#5 Don’t forget your upper body
Lastly, to enhance performance in your cycling class, incorporate strength and toning into your weekly workout.
Aim to focus on upper body movements whilst you are cycling. As with all classes, keep that core engaged throughout, making sure you don’t overwork your back. Time under tension is key, isolate those holds and control your movements, you don’t need weights to make a change, body weight exercises are great, and they’re an effective way to tone up! ICRhythm classes are great for this.
Infinite Cycle Instructor, Angharad (Harri) Saynor, brings a London flare to her Sydney spin classes. Think high energy with a dirty base. Harri’s performance can be described as energetic with a heavy beat and a killer playlist. As Infinite Cycle’s Master Trainer, Harri is always pushing the limits of what is possible on the IC bikes.