I’ve only ever been spinning once, and I found it so difficult that I never went back 🙈 The combination of my knee injury and utter despair for leg day means that I have been actively avoiding spinning – I haven’t even tried 1Rebel Ride yet! So, when Altura invited me to a blogger event at BOOM Cycle, I took this to be the perfect opportunity to dip my toe back in.
Altura is a brand for people who love to cycle – indoors or outdoors. Their tagline is ‘engineered performance’ meaning that, through rigorous testing, their products are designed to keep you in the saddle longer. You can see from our snaps that Altura kitted us all out in their cycle shorts and jerseys…and I think we look pretty fly! The cycle shorts did make me feel like I had a nappy on but actually looked completely fine – you couldn’t see the padding at all! And having completed one spinning class with nothing but a thin layer of yoga pant between my nether regions and the saddle, I can vouch for the level of extra comfort these shorts provide 😰 If you’re a cyclist – or a spinner – you should definitely check out the latest range from Altura – let me know what you think!
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
This class is a definite 4! It’s a non-stop leg workout but don’t worry, the rest of your body gets involved too. With a weights section and a number of sitting/standing variations, the class provides a full body work out for a full 30 minutes, with absolutely nowhere to hide. As with any exercise class, you can amend exercises to suit your ability but the pumping music and the sense of camaraderie you feel being able to see all the other cyclists around you definitely encourages you to push yourself to your limit. Walking up stairs the next day was pretty tough…
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
I have to give the class a 2 🙁 – I think it’s safe to say any kind of spinning or indoor cycling is simply not for me. That said, if you are into those kinds of classes, I think that what BOOM Cycle offers is great. The playlist was amazing, the instructors are super friendly but also super strict (in a good way!) and the studio is nice. The delicious post workout smoothies are also an added bonus. I didn’t love the class because I don’t like spinning but actually, despite that, the whole experience was pretty enjoyable!
The Fine Print
BOOM Cycle is in an awesome location in Holborn, just round the corner from Gymbox. There is also a branch in Shoreditch. Classes run 7 days a week throughout the day and there are a range of ways to pay. You can buy individual classes for £16 or save some money by buying in bulk. You could also get unlimited rides for £105 per month. If you’re a newbie, the intro offer is a sweet deal at £29 for 3 rides over 14 days.
BOOM Cycle definitely packed a punch and is not for the faint hearted. The class is high energy from start to finish, and the instructor is with you all the way which is great for motivation. As a novice, I couldn’t really tell what was different from spinning…so I guess if you like spinning, you will probably love BOOM!