Located in the heart of Fulham, this plus posh studio fits in seamlessly. The minimalist design and artisan smoothie bar are second to none. The changing rooms and general facilities make you feel like you’re in a 5* Hotel, giving a real sense of quality and attention to detail.
Despite the incredibly pretty space, I was still dreading the class. Ordinarily, I’d pick any other form of exercise over spinning (even ballroom dancing). As spinning normally just makes me bored, tired and frustrated but Ride Republic came highly recommended, so I knew I needed to give it a spin (excuse the pun).
45 minutes later, I was definitely tired but my sanity was still very much intact. In fact, the time had flown by and I was a little gutted it had ended so soon. Somehow Ride Republic had engaged me and managed to present (it was literally a performance – lights, music and all) a spin class that is actually, well, fun.
It comes with the usual darkened room, loud music, and enthusiastic shouting instructor. But what sets this studio apart from others, is the attention to detail – hand roller for the warm-down, cold towel half-way through and a variety of weights, all take away from the fact you’re cycling in a dark sweaty room.
The ‘Burnboard’ however is probably the defining factor. A live feed of that ‘score’ you have generated throughout the ride. This score (I am assuming here) is the total watts (or similar power measure) that each person has generated. So when my name is in 5th position on the male side (there were only 5 men there…) It was incentive to keep pushing, right up until I climbed into a monumental 4th position. This was something I had to try and keep hold of for the remaining 15 minutes of the class.
This competitive, no hiding aspect suits me down to a tee. Fortunately, the board only shows the top 5 for males and top 5 for females, meaning for those taking it gently there is no fear of embarrassment.I’ve cured my hatred of spinning and hopefully next time I won’t be coming second to last!