A new indoor cycling studio opens in BGC!
Spinning has been recognized as one of the most popular forms of cardio. This high-energy exercise has recently gained new life thanks to the innovative ways that studios are incorporating different movements to achieve a whole body workout.
With the boom of the fitness culture in Manila, it’s no surprise that more specialized studios are popping up in every corner and catering to the city’s expanding community of fitness fanatics. One of the newest spots in the metro that focuses on cycling is Saddle Row. Located in Bonifacio Global City’s hotspot, Serendra, it’s found tucked inside Beyond Yoga’s newest branch.
I got to try out one of Saddle Row’s community classes before their grand opening this month. Being a recent spinning convert, I already had certain expectations about what we were going to do during class. But of course, I was looking forward to experiencing the new variety that Saddle Row had to offer.
Upon entering their space, I was faced with a sophisticated waiting area filled with luxurious seats and décor. With leather sofas and lush carpets, the set-up reminded me of a classy speakeasy. This actually caught me off guard, mainly because I usually associate exercise studios with bare, industrial set-ups. The calming ambiance put me at ease before the workout. What greeted us when we entered the bike area was another feast for the eyes: The studio walls were lined with bricks, while the lighting was kept at a dim setting. If not for the bikes that were set up, I would have thought that we had entered a secret underground bar in New York City!
One thing I instantly noticed about the bikes was that they had a special digital reader attached to each one. Before class started, the instructor explained the different features and statistics that we would encounter, such as wattage, RPM (revolutions per minute) and gears. We were instructed to try and keep up with the RPM based on the beats of the songs, and use the gears to modify our workouts according to their intensity. Though there were recommended levels, it was refreshing that we didn’t feel any pressure from the staff or instructors to keep a pace that we weren’t comfortable with. It was also really helpful to have the digital readers because it gave us an idea of what we were accomplishing during the workout.
The class consisted of different levels of sprints and spins, from maniacally rapid, to calming cool downs, which was something that I had already expected. But a fun surprise was when we were asked to use the toning bands that were attached to the handles of our bikes. Everyone who has used these bands know that though they look simple, they can actually pack quite a punch and burn with each movement! So imagine the effort and coordination needed to cycle and do bicep curls!
Another twist to the class was we also did a lot of dance moves to break the monotony of just simply focusing on speeding up our legs. While we were spinning, we were also shaking our hips, throwing our hands up in the air, and leaning back and forth! Trust me, it was as challenging (and fun!) as it sounds!
Saddle Row now offers three kinds of cycling classes to suit everyone’s preferences:
1. The Underground (which I tried) – A fast-paced ride that incorporates dance moves.
2. The Resistance – A challenging ride that focuses on core and upper body strengthening.
3. The Exchange – Perfect for those who love a little competition, you can team up or compete with other riders to hit your targets during the workout.
For those excited to try Saddle Row, their specialized rowing studio will be opening real soon! But for now, first-timer cycling packages consisting of 3 rides (originally P1000) are now available at 50% off until December 31, 2015. Hurry and check out this chic and exciting new studio while their amazing offer is still up for grabs!
Saddle Row, 2/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, 02 966 3610, www.facebook.com/saddlerowphilippines