The music is pumping, flickering candles are the only light and I kick like crazy, but I don't go anywhere.
It may sound like a cheese driven dream, but in fact I am at SoulCycle, the cult spinning class that A-listers love, including Beyonce, the Beckhams, Madonna and Michelle Obama.
The indoor cycling workout phenomenon began in New York in 2006, and the company now has more than 90 studios in North America and Canada, with 20,000 people taking classes every day.
Tomorrow SoulCycle will open its first studio in London in the Soho in London – a clear sign that the cult of spinning is not rapidly declining.
Claire Coleman, pictured center, tried a SoulCycle lesson in their new London studio. Although the A-lister is favorite, the exercise can cause some health problems
Who would have thought that cycling could not be so popular anywhere?
The concept came into being in the late 1980s, when the American endurance cyclist Johnny Goldberg was hit by a car while cycling & decided to find safer training options.
Although stationary bikes had been around for a while, he was the first to have them plundered in a studio and get people to cycle to music.
Nowadays there are lessons that take you on virtual reality through the landscape, those who follow your heartbeat and make you compete against classmates, and even some who think they are nightclubs.
The USP of SoulCycle has always been that it is both a & # 39; philosophy & # 39; as a training class. Devotees speak respectfully of her spiritual side and more than once it is compared to a church.
Claire, pictured, said she wasn't fully on board with the high-fiving, howling and intense personal development & # 39; but & # 39; loved that it was done in near-darkness & # 39; after the lesson
The USP of SoulCycle has always been that it is both a & # 39; philosophy & # 39; as a training class, and London's managing director Patrick Ryan-Southern said it's a & # 39; 45-minute break & # 39;
Listening to London managing director Patrick Ryan-Southern talking about it, you understand why. & # 39; It is a 45 minute break & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; Where you just spend time with other people in a dark room. & # 39;
I'm worried that I'm not American enough for it. My legs go like the clappers and I try to suspend my British cynicism.
Californian instructor Mantas – who looks like a boy band member with his floppy blond hair and headset microphone – but rather sounds like a motivational speaker – encourages me to & # 39; fail & # 39; because we grow there, not only in this class, but also outside there in your relationships, in your career. . . "
SoulCycle itself is perhaps new in the UK, but today there is hardly a gym in the country where there is no spin studio (the term spinning was actually the trademark of Goldberg and its co-founder).
Boutique studios have been opened, with high-end dressing rooms and a club-like atmosphere – from Psycle, 1Rebel and Boom Cycle in London, to LuvCycle in Manchester, Secret Spin in Cardiff, Rise Cycling in Liverpool and Vibe in the Midlands.
The class of energy forces, Claire who was introduced during a recording, is done to music and is a favorite of celebrities such as Beyonce, the Beckhams, Madonna and Michelle Obama
But SoulCycle is known as the most intense of them all – and the most loved by its fans. Marvin Foster is responsible for recruiting and training his instructors. & # 39; Besides yoga, cycling is the only one that has been consistently popular for decades & # 39 ;, he says.
& # 39; I think it is partly because of the calories you can burn – 500 to 700 in a 45-minute session – and the fact that it has a low impact. You are clamped in the bicycle, so it does not cause any tension on your joints.
& # 39; You can also control the resistance, so whether you are an athlete, come back from an injury or are pregnant, you can still do it. We have riders from 14 to 72 years old! & # 39;
SoulCycle superfood Lady Gaga threw her 26th birthday party in her studio in West Hollywood
There is no doubt that spinning is a good workout – it's a great cardiovascular exercise, working the muscles in your legs and balancing your core muscles (although less than when you cycle normally). Many classes also add arm work.
Many spiders are evangelical about it, with many claiming to be & # 39; euphoric & # 39; to feel. Lauren Stevenson, 38, is the director of PR agency Aisle 8. She does three to five spin lessons a week.
& # 39; I also have a racing bike, but I save it for sunny weekends & # 39 ;, she says. & # 39; Spin means I have no excuse not to practice. I go at 7.30 in a room full of people with a lot of energy and good music. & # 39;
Nowadays you don't even have to be in a studio to run – in September last year, Peloton was launched in the United Kingdom, a fitness brand from the United States that sells high-tech bicycles that allow individuals to virtually run and maintain contact with other members of home.
SoulCycle started in New York in 2006 and the company now has more than 90 studios in North America and Canada. Claire is pictured at one of the lessons in London
The only drawback is the price – £ 1,990 for the bike and a £ 39 monthly subscription for unlimited live on-demand lessons. For most of us, a lesson in the gym is more practical.
Sam Arnold, 47, a computer programmer from Cwmbran in Wales, started taking a local lesson in January after her plan to walk every day that month was shortened by a foot injury.
& # 39; The first time I thought I was going to die, but I persisted and after the first week I had more energy & # 39 ;, she says. & # 39; The mood you are in is incredible: I have never reached the high of running that I get from running. & # 39;
After her SoulCycle class, Claire realized she had burned 500 calories
Since January, Sam runs several times a week and, by combining this with a sensible diet (the Zoe Harcombe plan), it has gone from a size of 18 to a 12. # It is the first time I have ever I have trained and seen my muscles being tuned thereby, & she says. & # 39; I look forward to going on vacation for the first time in ten years. & # 39;
With such & # 39; n glowing approval, it's hard not to be attracted to the & # 39; church & # 39; of the spider. Who would not want an endorphin rush and see the fat fall off?
However, experts say there are disadvantages – and advise you to take it easy, especially in the beginning.
A few years ago, viewers of the hospital documentary 24 Hours In A & E saw a young woman appear somewhat shaky after a spin class. The intense exercise had caused her muscle fibers to crumble so quickly that it caused her kidneys to fail. She needed multiple operations and an extensive physio to walk again.
This condition – known as rhabdomyolysis – is a recognized danger for spinners.
At Six Physio in Chelsea, South West London (sixphysio.com), they have started seeing so many & # 39; spinjuries & # 39; caused by poor cycling techniques and incorrectly positioned saddles and handlebars that they now offer biomechanical assessment and personal advice on setting up your bike.
& # 39; Poor bicycle setup or incorrect technique can cause knee pain if the saddle is too low, or lower back pain if the handlebars are too far away and you shrink, "says Sarah Bentley, a physiotherapist at the clinic.
Sarah Bentley, a physiotherapist at Over at Six Physio in Chelsea, said that a & # 39; poor bike setup or technique could cause knee pain if the saddle is too low & # 39 ;. Claire is in the classroom
& # 39; You may also get numbness or tingling in your feet if you have your shoes too tight and even a hyperextension in the neck if you push your head forward while looking up at the instructor. & # 39;
That does not mean that she is anti-spin, however. & # 39; It's a great cardiovascular exercise, as long as you combine it with other training sessions for your core and overall strength. & # 39;
Fitness instructor Susan Birbeck, who performs Senior Spin lessons for people over 55, points out that spin does not have to be super-intensive.
The 53-year-old from Idle, West Yorkshire, says: & # 39; The great thing about spider is that it can easily be adapted to everyone's capabilities. You start at a low level and work up. & # 39;
Back in SoulCycle I conclude that although I may not be on board with the high-fisting, howling and intense personal development, I like it being done in the dark.
I have trouble keeping my legs going and dipping my upper body into music in time, so I'm glad I can make mistakes without anyone actually noticing.
And although I don't feel the promised height at the end, my watch tells me that I have burned nearly 500 calories – so maybe I will become one of those evangelical spinners.
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