I was away for the whole of September travelling the southern states of North America (more on that to come!) and the lovely Sophie of This is Sophie’s offered to cover some bits while I was away! Unfortunately my internet access was less than ideal whilst away and my email also got hacked so September was a dead zone for the in the end anyway, but (better late than never) I’ll still be filling you in on some happenings in September. First up – a comprehensive review of the new cycle bootcamp Edge Cycle!
I’ve been neglecting my resolution to try out new classes every 2 weeks so when I was given the opportunity to try out a new spin studio in London I jumped at the chance. Enter, Edge Cycle.
It’s aim is to offer a combination of indoor cycling and bootcamp-style group workouts, which it does from its beautiful brand new studio in Holborn. I signed up for the 7:30 class, which felt VERY early when I met my friend Kate of Form Fitness at 7:00 in London Fields. After a swift cycle over to Holborn we arrived at Edge Cycle and signed in.
I put on my first ever pair of cleats and jumped onto the practice bike in reception to get used to clicking in and out of the pedals.
I was a bit excited. Also, look how fast my legs were going, they’re so blurry…
We went into the studio and were called to the front row by the instructor, Jono, via the weights rack where we picked up sets of 3kg. They felt pretty heavy and we hadn’t even started anything yet!
The bikes were lovely and new with a fresh towel sitting on the handlebars. We took to our saddles and started warming up.
As soon as the clock ticked over to 07:30 Jono turned the lights down, pumped the music up and got us going. The first 20-25 minutes were spent going through a series of hill climbs, sprints and shoulder presses whilst cycling. At this point, the weight got even heavier…
Just as I thought I was going to have to slow down we jumped off the bikes onto the mats and went through a set of squats, lunges, planks, press ups and crunches. Whilst I love all of this stuff I found it very difficult in the cleats, especially the lunges and jump squats, so next time I’d probably stick with my trainers.
We then climbed back on the bikes for a last sprint, last hill climb and some conditioning work on the bikes. Then, before I knew it, we were cooling down.
I would have preferred a bit more encouragement as we went through the class as I felt a bit isolated, especially when I was struggling, but Jono was confident and kept me guessing as to what was coming next. It meant that just as it was becoming too difficult we switched to something else and it became manageable again. I also would have liked a few more sprints as that’s when I get into the zone.
I was absolutely dripping in sweat after that 45 minute class but I was totally buzzing and that buzz lasted all day!
The showers, while small an rather public (no shyness allowed!) were clean with lovely toiletries and hairdryers. They even have hairbands in the Edge Cycle colours at the front desk if you’ve forgotten yours which is a great touch.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my first class. It was a brilliant all-round workout in a great new studio and I’ll be back very soon…
What? Edge Cycle Bootcamp
Where? 2 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7RA
When? Check out the timetable
How much? £15 a class bought on a class-by-class basis, price decreases if you buy multi-passes
Thanks to Sophie at Pretty Fit and Entice Communications for the opportunity to review Edge Cycle!