Torquay United trio in a spin over new cardio cycling bikes at fitness centre
THREE Torquay United footballers have had the first spin on the new cardio cycling bikes at the Riviera International Conference Centre.
Billy Bodin, Lloyd Macklin and Danny Leadbetter, who are all members of the Lifestyle Health and Fitness Suite at the centre, jumped on the bikes in the cardio cycling room which was extended last month.
Due to the popularity of Lifestyle's cardio cycling or 'spinning' classes, Lifestyle acquired 18 new bikes to replace its existing 12.
Cardio cycling is a group aerobic workout on a stationary bike. It is widely regarded as a safer alternative to road cycling, suitable for all fitness levels, and highly motivational with upbeat music.
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One of the reasons for the surge of interest last year was the Olympic Games.
The British cycling team missed out on a gold medal in the men's road race but it was the most watched event in the first full day of the Games which involved 19 different sports.
Cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins also significantly contributed by winning gold in the time trial at the Olympics, the Tour de France and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Lifestyle Health and Fitness Suite manager Colin Pemberton said: "We've seen a significant boost following the Olympics and Bradley Wiggins' successes which have not only raised the profile of cycling but inspired many to try new activities.
"Cardio cycling can complement road cycling to improve cyclists' aerobic fitness or it can also be seen as a safer alternative that is not vulnerable to the elements.
"Typical results from cardio cycling classes include burning more than 500 calories, toning muscles and relieving stress, so it's not difficult to see why the classes are popular."
Colin said he hoped the Herald Express' loveLIFE campaign was also inspiring people to try new activities and achieve their goals.
He has pledged to cycle 1,500 miles this year, as part of the campaign aimed at making South Devon residents fitter, healthier and happier.
"I am passionate about fitness, but like most people I feel most inspired when I am working towards a target," said Colin.
"I believe the Herald Express Lovelife campaign is a great way to motivate those who want to get fit as well as those who just want to maintain their fitness programme.
"In support of the campaign, my fitness instructors have also pledged to cycle a total of 15,000 miles.
"This will be achieved by our three cardio cycling instructors who run 13 different 45-minute classes every week."
Colin said the peak-time classes are regularly fully booked with a waiting list, and the extension to the cardio cycling room would open up more spaces to cope with the demand.
"We offer a selection of different aerobics and fitness classes, however cardio cycling is by far our most popular class," he said.
Cardio cycling classes cost £4.40 for members and £5.40 for non-members. For more information call 01803 206345 or log on to www.rivieracentre.co.uk/health-fitness
For more information about the loveLIFE campaign, log on to www.heraldexpresslovelife.co.uk