I missed the spinning craze when it first burst onto our scenes a few years ago and up until last night I had somehow managed to never find myself on a spinning bike, not including a brief dalliance when I got lost in a gym. But as an athletic type (this is a lie) I’m always keen to try new classes so decided to end this stretch of avoiding spinning and found myself at East London spinning studio Edge Cycle, round the corner from Chancery Lance.
The staff is super friendly and arms you with equipment at no charge when you arrive, when I was handed a towel to mop up sweat with alarm bells began ringing though. All week I had been receiving threatening emails from friends warning me of my impending physical doom. With images of a Mr Motivator type dashed as soon as I was introduced to the trainer who helped me saddle into my bike, I strapped myself in and waited for the class to begin.
The classes are hosted in a dark room, rocking a disco vibe with neon lights all around and booming music that gets you pumped up thanks to £30,000 of sound and lighting equipment. You start with low resistance and are instructed when to turn it up at regular intervals so you can set your pace, there are no drill sergeants and to be honest no one can really see you so you are free to really go for it with no fear of judging glances. The class was majority girls but I spied a few fellas working away on their spin bikes and why not? The sweat towel was definitely required as spinning is great cardio as you go through a range of climbs, sprints, intervals and hiit training but also works your leg muscles through resistance training. Boot camp classes also mix in other movements with small hand weights like squats, press ups, tricep/bicep movements and sit ups.
I lived to tell the spinning tale with the only drawback to report is that due to the hard bike seats I was left with sore, ahem, underparts but have been reassured by more experienced spinners than myself that this is a problem exclusively for newbies and after a few sessions you don’t have this issue.
The varied schedule at Edge Cycle has 32 classes a week while the venue itself can be rented out for events, or you can even hire out the trainers for product launches or simply the bikes and equipment.
First classes are free or for spinners looking for a new studio to make home you can get a 10 class pass for £100 valid for a year.