If there’s a cooler way to get fit than spinning your way through 45 minutes of 80s tracks, in the DARK, wearing GLOW STICKS around your wrists, I dare you to find it.
BOOM Cycle is one of *the* latest fitness trends to hit the slowly saturating spinning market. But then again, is it saturated if it’s this darn cool? I was terrified of going even near a spinning class at my gym. But now I’ve thrown myself in at the deep end, I’ve realised when it’s done like this, you really can get hooked.
Arrive at the basement studios on Proctor Street in Holborn, pick up your glow sticks and cycling shoes at reception, lock away your stuff and away you go.
The staff are great here, They’re all on hand to help clip your shoes onto your bike pedals if like me, at first, you’re a bit clueless. And Rose, who led the 80s class, was enthusiastic, bursting with energy (which is just what you need on an otherwise dull Monday night) and she was tossing her hair and revving us up like we were at the hottest rave in town.
I can’t tell you how fun this class is. Once the tunes get spinning on the decks, the instructor gets you to pedal in sync to the beat – which obviously varies depending on the song – and then as the class progresses, you lift off your seat (to really get those glutes going) and cycle in various angles to work different muscle groups. (if this doesn’t make sense, it will once you go). But trust me, this really puts your fitness to the test.
Here are some of the songs they played:
Ride on Time (Black Box)
Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
It’s Rainin’ Men (The Weather Girls)
(I’ve had) The Time of my Life (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – aka Dirty Dancing Song
Then after you’ve got all sweaty, there are plenty of private shower rooms with REN shower products, flannels and clean white towels for you to get freshened up in. Then hop over to their ‘beauty bar’ where you’ll find complimentary toiletries, hair dryers and GHDs for sprucing yourself up.
There were mostly women in the class but I spotted about three or four guys so it really is open to all. And if you’re not an 80s fan, fear not, there are all sorts of classes you can do – check ’em out here.
Looking for a cool new way to get fit? I think you’ve just found it.
Are you ready to be BOOMED?
Until next time x
BOOM Cycle, 16 Proctor Street, London, WC1V 6NX / 2-8 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4RT