Can a beginner survive an indoor cycling class at Ride!?
The best thing about this format of exercise is that you are in complete control of the gear at which you ride, whether you are seated or standing or if you are sprinting or jogging. It’s a completely individual workout done with the added benefit of having the group and the instructor there to guide and motivate you. If this still doesn’t put your mind at ease, try out one of the Beginners’ Classes on the schedule and discover why it’s the most addictive cardio workout available.
Do I need special shoes?
The Keiser M3 bikes at Ride! have a dual-sided pedal that has a cage on one side (for your gym trainers) and a SPD-compatible clip on the other if you’re wearing cycling shoes. Although cycling shoes are not mandatory for the classes at Ride!, we highly recommend them as they make a tremendous difference in your efficiency on the bike! You will see an increase of up to 30% in your power output once you are clipped in and able to properly pull up on that pedal. It’s well worth the investment if you see yourself making indoor cycling a regular part of your fitness routine.
What else do I need to bring to class?
WATER and a TOWEL! Indoor cycling is sweaty business and your water will be your favorite accessory on that bike. The towel comes in handy as well to keep that brow dry. If either is left behind… no worries, we’ve got bottled water and towels for sale on site.
Do I need to reserve ahead of time, or can I just walk-in?
You can always walk-in to the studio and see if there is an open bike, but we strongly suggest booking online prior to showing up to make sure you get to Ride!
Can I cancel an online reservation once it’s booked?
You can cancel a reservation for any class as late as 7 p.m. the evening before the day of the class, and the class will be returned to your account for use at a later date within the Expiration period of the class package. If you cancel later than this your account will be charged for the class.
What is TRX®?
A workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You’re in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise – because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.
Who will benefit from Suspension Training®?
Absolutely everyone. Because the user can effortlessly control the resistance and level of difficulty by simply shifting the position of their body, the TRX® Suspension Trainer™ is perfect for gentle rehabilitation, hardcore athletic training, and everything in between. Suspension Training® also allows for complete ranges of motion while training which allows for a more functional workout routine.
Is Suspension Training® appropriate for people who are out of shape or just beginning an exercise program?
Yes, because the user has control over the amount of bodyweight resistance, control of the angle in which they place their body, and can control their stability by their foot placement (wide stance, narrow stance, single leg) which means it can very well be used for people that are not professional or performance athletes nor regularly active. Suspension Training can also be used to assist a number of movements that are too difficult for many deconditioned users.
How is Suspension Training® different from other types of resistance training?
Traditional weight training often only works one muscle at a time which is contradictory to the normal coordinated muscle effort used to complete most activities. Focusing on only one muscle at a time is more likely to lead to overuse injuries and muscular imbalances, as well as potentially limit strength and movement gains. Suspension Training® allows for the use of multiple planes of motion and works multiple muscles and joints simultaneously.
The TRX Suspension Trainer:
- Delivers a fast, effective total-body workout
- Helps build a rock-solid core
- Increases muscular endurance
- Benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors)
Do I need previous experience with kettlebells to attend a class?
No, we run beginners Kettlebell classes to cover the fundamentals of Kettlebell training for those that are maybe new to exercise or less experienced with resistance exercise. The fundamental movement patterns are also performed as part of every warm up/mobility section of classes. Whilst warming up and mobilising the joints & muscles about to be used, it also gives our instructor the opportunity to assess the clients enabling them to spend more time on certain exercises if needed.
I’ve got a dodgy back… is kettlebell training appropriate for me?
As with any injury it is important to be accessed by a medical professional before taking up any new exercise regime. There is a misconception that kettlebell training or indeed lifting heavy weights is bad for your back! This is totally incorrect. Most people experience back pain from these exercises due to poor/incorrect technique plus lack of mobility/flexibility and maybe progressing to advanced exercises and heavier loads too soon. If these exercises are performed correctly they will strengthen your back and improve posture.
What sort of results can I expect from a kettlebell workout?
Kettlebell training bridges the gap between cardio and strength training! Yo u can expect to loose bodyfat, tone up, without getting bulky. We recently ran a Kettlebell swing challenge to complete 10,000 Kettlebell swings in a month. On average participants lost between 1%-2.2% bodyfat with no dietary advice given.
Which muscles are targeted with this format?
The posterior chain: hamstrings, glutes and spinal muscles. Also grip will improve which has a toning effect through the upper body. The core musculature is heavily engaged as are the lats particularly in the single arm swing variations.
What’s the difference between kettlebell training and traditional weight training?
The main difference between kettlebell training and traditional weight training comes from the unique shape of the kettlebell: a cannonball with a handle! Unlike traditional dumbells, the centre of mass is extended beyond the hand. This configuration allows for ballistic or fast swinging motions that combine cardiorespiratory, strength, flexibility training that engage the entire bodies musculature all at once. In addition theses exercises mimic functional, everyday activities.