Bonco spin — indoor cycling with a difference

Bonco spin is a new type of spinning class. No longer the lone spinner Bonco spin inspires participants to ride with a pack mentality in a candlelit setting. Add in a light yoga cool down at the end and you will enjoy every second of your 45 minute journey. Spinning, or studio cycling, is an excellent workout to strengthen your heart and tone your legs. The instructor then takes the class on a ride that includes sprints, hill climbs, and other fun exercises like intervals and circuits. Classes are usually 45 minutes long and are set to music.

Aside from the group energy, one of the things that makes spin classes so much better than regular stationary cycling is the bikes themselves. Spinning bikes are equipped with a weighted flywheel in the front that picks up speed as you pedal, and the seats and handlebars are adjustable, so you feel like you are riding on a real bike. There is a knob below the handlebars that allows you to adjust the tension, making pedalling easier or harder, as you ride down flat roads, up mountainsides, and down hills.

Spinning is very popular, especially among people who do not care for traditional exercise classes. There are no complicated dance moves to follow, and since you control your bike's tension, you can stay within a comfortable exercise zone for your fitness level, while still feeling like you are keeping up with the class. Unlike actual cycling, there are no worries about lagging behind the pack. Everyone finishes together. And everyone gets a great workout. Spinning scorches about 7.2 to 13.6 calories per minute, or about 500 calories per class. All that pedalling is also great for leg toning as it strengthens your glutes, thighs, and calves.

Drop into Bonco Wellness in Lakeside Retail Park Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 8.45pm to 9.30pm or Saturday 11.45am to 12.30pm, only €10 per bike for the ride of your life. For more information, see www.boncowellness.ie or contact Barry on (086 ) 6040216.

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