So, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I found another spin class I enjoy… like, really enjoy.
Last weekend a couple of my friends and I made the trek (and I call it a trek because I know I paid at least five tolls) to Bella Vista for a class at Pelotone – Sydney’s Premier Indoor Cycle Studio. And it was totally worth it.
This was a totally different experience to the one I had at Vicious Cycle in Bondi a couple of months back. Not better or worse mind you – just very different. Where VC was all about the music and the whole production aspect, at Pelotone they’re all about the cycling – you even get to wear proper Shimano cycling shoes – and I really, really liked that.
The studio itself is like a day spa. I am serious. Maybe I’m hanging out at the wrong gyms, but I’ve literally never seen anything like it. Let me tell you, owner Karen knows the way to a lady’s heart. In the bathroom I found deodorant, moisturiser (even tinted!), razors, filing boards, facial wipes and pretty much everything else a woman could ever need. And the kitchenette… oh, the kitchenette! A coffee machine for your pre or post-workout caffeine hit, filtered water, plus fruit and plenty of high energy snacks. I would seriously consider moving into this place if it weren’t so many toll roads away from the eastern suburbs.
One of the coolest things about the ride itself at Pelotone is the ‘Burn Board’. Before you attend your first class you supply your details (height, weight, activity level etc) and this data is synced with your heart rate monitor (again, supplied by Pelotone). So, during the class you can look up and see your name, along with your heart rate and which training zone you’re working in. Basically, if you’re being a lazy ass, everyone will know about it!
The free 15 minute technique session prior to our ride was excellent (and necessary in our case) – I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s new to spin. The ride we joined was called Pelotone Party. It was themed for the World Cup, and quite a few of the riders showed up in football jerseys – one woman even had a green and gold wig on, although I’m pretty sure that came off about two minutes into the session.
The music was all very uplifting and anthem-esque – as you’d expect from a World Cup theme – but to be honest, it was secondary to the ride. Our instructor Julie is a road cyclist as well as a spin machine, and she was awesome – clear, concise and just an all around legend. She got everyone involved throughout the session, we worked in teams, we competed against each other, but most of all we pushed ourselves to our limits and competed against ourselves.
FYI: During the session my heart rate topped out at 188bpm and the average was 159bpm. Plus I burnt 414 calories, which is nice to know although not something I usually worry about too much.
Overall, my class at Pelotone was the best way I could think of to start my Saturday morning, and both my girlfriends agreed with me. Hard work, lots of laughs and even more sweat – everything I need in life.
If you are out that way I highly recommend you give Karen a call and check them out. I would be there every week if it was possible – it really was that good.
Keep spinning Team!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Where: Unit 205 – T1 Norwest, Level 2, 14-16 Lexington Drive. Norwest Business Park, Bella Vista
When: Monday to Saturday – timetable here.
Cost: Get your first two rides for $20! After that, you’ll pay $20 for a casual class or as low as $14/class if you buy a 20-pack