On Friday I headed down to Pure Ride to see what the buzz was about. Pure Ride has been developed to be more that just your regular spin class with an emphasis on training more like track cycling. They have two studios; One focusing on a choreographed class to Dance music including added weights and the other delivering a high intensity performance class developed by none other than Sir Chris Hoy himself. They provide you with all you need for a great class (apart from your clothes…please bring those!)
THE ULTIMATE CONNECTION
To get the most from our rides you should have a connection with your bike. That’s why we’ll provide you with complimentary cleated shoes – dont worry if you havent ridden this way before – we’ll help you quickly get used to it
THE FLUFFY STUFF
The last thing you want is to bring a big bag along for the ride, so we’ll provide you with all the essentials: soft towels, toiletries and everything you need to leave with a healthy glow.
So now that you have everything, you’re all set to go!
I headed down to class with Charlene the Assistant Manager of my gym who also hadn’t visited Pure Ride before. Charlene had a little trouble registering on the website in order to book onto class so perhaps in their first week of opening there are a couple of glitches on the system but if you have any troubles, give them a call or drop them an email and member services will help you out.
Like any other studio/class like this you have to register online, buy credits and then book onto your class to get a spot. This wasn’t out of the ordinary for me as I’m used to this kind of system so that was easy enough. They then email you a QR code to scan when you arrive.
Charlene and I decided to meet at Moorgate station at 12.15, the website said it was two minutes away- perfect. We got lost! Google maps was being no use whatsoever because there’s in quite a bit of construction happening around the area, so then we had to wing it… Other people must have had these problems because we then saw an arrow for Pure Ride attached to a pole outside the station once we’d doubled back on ourselves. Perfect let’s follow those… Again, easier said than done, we were lost again. After lots of running around in the pouring rain, we finally made it to the studio. So my best advice is give yourself ample time to find the place because we just got flustered when we were running out of time.
When you arrive there are scanners in the foyer to scan your QR code you’ve been emailed, to mark you as arrived for the class. Then you head down a set of stairs to the reception desk where you’ll be provided with your cleated shoes and towel. We were in a super dooper mega rush so the lovely managers who Charlene knew took our bags and looked after them so we didn’t have to faff with lockers and the changing rooms. We just popped on our shoes and ran in. I have never worn these shoes before and found walking in them quite strange, the sort of feeling you get trying to walk on a normal floor in ice skates. I will just say, don’t hurry too much in them as you’re heading for the studio, I managed to slip over trying to turn a corner (bambi on ice!).
I can honestly say I had no idea whatsoever when it came to trying to attach myself to the bike so, if like me, you’ve never cycled like this before no problem! A lovely lady from the studio came over and helped me set myself up. You have a digital display in front of you that you set up with your age, sex, weight and amount of cardio you do a week on average. This gives you a personalised experience when it comes to calories burned etc throughout the class. The display throughout the class tells you the resistance you are cycling with, the watts you are cycling at, your reps per min, FTW %, Calories burned, distance in KM and KM per hour. Quite a lot of info right?! For me that was a good thing and in 45 mins I burned over 300 calories not bad at all. The display also flashes a series of different colours.Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and White all to do with the levels that you’re working at. At the end you can toggle your display to tell you how long you spent in each of those zones. The class itself was made up of high intensity intervals and I personally respond best to that kind of training when it comes to cardio. It took me a while to get into the terminology and how the class was led but once I got into the swing of it I loved it. The Instructor we had taking the class was Josh, the manager and he was clearly passionate about it so we got the best experience we could.
What added to the class (apart from the snazzy bikes, shoes and instructor) was the ambience and feel of the room/atmosphere. The house lights were down and we had various colourful sort of disco lights from the sides on the room, with a few spots on the ceiling and a spotlight on Josh. The music was great and loud so this all helped get you lost in the class completely.
After class, we were given a tour about the venue. The changing facilities are superb, a lovely changing room with toiletries and everything so that you don’t need to carry loads of stuff with you all day if you want to do class. There was also a lovely stretching/chill out area downstairs too which for me would be great to head to after class to cool down and stretch fully before heading back outside especially when winter feels like it has properly hit us in London now.
All in all we had a great time and I would really recommend heading down and trying it out. Whether you’re a spin veteran or a complete newbie, these classes cater to everyone who wants to work hard and have a great time too! For a limited time you can grab yourself a free class using code SPINJAN on their website when buying credits- So now you really have no excuse! I’ll definitely be going back again to try their other class too, the choreographed class to dance music- sounds great!
Here are some more images of the venue, come and take a tour through my eyes: