We all have dreams when we are kids. Some we let go because those were young kids’ dreams that did not mean much, others we think we will take on one day but that day has not come yet, and finally those dreams we find very important to pursue as they are part of who we really are or want to be!
Dreams are great, but of course there is also daily life that happens and grabs hold of your days at times. Especially during our adult life there are so many things we do, have to do, daily tasks, etc.
A question that arises in most of us from time to time is?
‘How much time do I really have and spend on these dreams that meant all to me when I was a kid?’
Very often the answer to that question is a very confronting one: ‘Almost no time or none at all. I have other things to do and priorities to attend to.’ Surely, we all are busy and have plenty on our plate once adult life sets in. Work / Life Balance is a really tricky one for all of us.
This Spinning Journey ride will take you back on a visualization of the dreams that mattered when you were a kid. What were you going to do? Who were you going to be? What would you achieve? Once you have refreshed your memory and reinvigorated the dream, you will take the beautiful Journey of seeing the things you simply must pursue to fulfil your childhood dream…
It never stops surprizing to see that a short visualization ride like this one can trigger small changes to your daily routine today and make an increasing difference in your road tomorrow and every day that follows!
In conclusion: Relight the fire of your dreams and aim for the sky
Note: Spinning® Journey rides at THE CYCLING ROOM are a real body, mind and soul experience on the Spinner bike, unique in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Not only will you enter a state of inner relaxation and peaceful introspection, you will in the meantime go through a great cycling training session. By some riders it is called the closest thing to yoga on a bicycle and by others a ‘true cycling meditation’. Either way it is a great combination of cycling training and personal development.
Spinning® is an excellent cardiovascular workout for everyone. It is low impact and always
recommended for people with knee and lower back issues. In Spinning® you are in control
the resistance of your bike. It is one of the best classes for beginners and advanced
participants to work together as the intensity of the workout is in your hands. With an
experienced and caring instructor, you are guaranteed a workout that will benefit your
health and fitness enormously no matter what your fitness level.
2. Spinning® Instructors are scary
I hear stories from some of my clients saying that they were afraid to take indoor cycling
classes in the past because they had experienced the “Drill master” instructor. This
instructor is like an army sergeant screaming at the participants to go harder constantly.
Whilst the instructor should be encouraging, Spinning® encourages participants to work to
their own level. At THE ROOM you will always find highly motivational yet empathetic instructors to guide you along the way.
3. Spinning® is only HIIT (High intensity interval training)
These days most gyms teach predominantly HIIT indoor cycling classes but many of my
clients are surprised to hear that there are many variations of class types in Spinning®. These
include Strength, Endurance, Recovery and Aerobic Interval classes. Each type of class comes
with its own unique set of challenges and you will soon discover your favourite type of class.
4. Spinning® makes your legs bulky
Ahhh, this old one always makes me smile. My usual response to this myth is to ask if the
person has ever seen a Tour de France cyclist with bulky legs? (I’ve never had a yes to that
question either). Simply put, the answer to this question has its roots in pure sports science.
Its time to get a little technical: We have 2 types of muscle fibers: Fast twitch and Slow
twitch. Fast twitch muscle fibers (the ones that bulk up your legs) are used and trained in
very short, explosive, high resistance efforts. You will find these muscle fibres being
developed in sports such as power lifting, 100m sprinting, velodrome sprinting.
The training is very specific and athletes that take part in these sports train for hours and hours at this to achieve an abundance of these types of muscle fibres to help them improve at their sport.
Which brings me to slow twitch muscle fibres. These are the muscle fibres we use in
endurance sports like cycling and long distance running. These are not bulky and are the
ones developed in Spinning® class.
Spinning® WILL make your legs more toned as you lose the fat over the top of your muscles,
Spinning® WILL improve your cardiovascular fitness and endurance, and Spinning® will make
you feel better and more comfortable in your body.
Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. She is an avid cyclist and triathlon competitor and is currently training for long distance triathlon.
by peter pastijn – Power Specialist Master Instructor Spinning Program
Spinning® for 8 Hours? Are your crazy?
Standing by the central table at THE LIVE-IN ROOM yesterday at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi at Zayed Sports City, I was asking Ingrid if she was coming to the Spinning® marathon and she smiled saying: “Are you trying to kill me? 8 Hours of Spinning is not something I can do. I looked at the flyer and event and I thought, this is for professionals, not for me.”
Ingrid is definitely ready for any of the tough Spinning classes at the club, but that was not the main thing I noticed then. I told her that this day was not about riding for 8 hours non-stop, but about the THE ROOM vibe, nice Spinning sessions with fantastic presenters, a day on the beach, good food, great friendly people… In short a fantastic day!
When I then told her that she could ride just one or two hours, lie down on the beach, have a swim in the pool or have a drink at the pool bar, relax in the jacuzzi or use the rest of the facility between rides, enjoy the day’s buffet and the evening barbecue, she said “Oh, I did not know that was what the event was about. That sounds like an amazing day in January on the beach in Abu Dhabi. I think I could do that? When is it again? I ll have to check with my family to see if that is ok as they are not really into Spinning.”
When I told her she could also bring family and friends that do not want to ride and just join for a beautiful day on the beach, swim, buffet, and full access to the Hiltonia Beach Club facilities, she said: “Done, I am in! I am going to ask my husband and son to join this day and will post the event in a couple of the Whatsapp groups of my friends. This is going to be a great day”.
After she left, it became clear to me that the Ultra Long Spinning Marathon Concept was so new to UAE and the region and we needed to make sure we told more people about this! That is why I decided to write this article.
As Spinning is a non-competitive sport and a great way to train, there is not supposed to be a winner in an event like this. The winners are the participants who set themselves the goal to ride 1,2 or up to 8 hours and give it their best. The winners are also the participants who come and join the community and have a great training session and day with friends.
That is why the location and the atmosphere is of the utmost importance for these events!
Hiltonia Beach Club at Corniche Abu Dhabi with its fantastic private beach, pools and pool bars, nice relaxing indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, view over Abu Dhabi Corniche skyline and great gym and spa is a perfect place for a mid-January day in Abu Dhabi for all and a great location for a stop on the national and international Spinning Event Calendar.
More about the event and the rides themselves now.
This 2nd edition will see 3 international Spinning Master Instructors and in total 8 amazing presenters with national and international experience. Presenters are from Australia, India, Ireland, UK, Sweden, USA and Belgium to reflect the international character of such events and the region. Each presenter will conduct a 1 hour-ride with a different vibe, music set and intensity level to them.
The 8-hour ride roadmap is designed so that solo participants are able to make it through the very demanding 8-hours. In the meantime, each individual ride offers an opportunity to challenge participants entering the event for 1 or more hours. Participants can come and join the event at different times of the day. They can also start of the day with a couple of hours on the bike, then take some downtime by the pool or beach and then finish the day with a couple more hours in the saddle.
This is what is truly unique about an event like this. It offers a great environment for beginners, hobby endurance athletes and elite age-group athletes alike. And which sports event is more welcoming to friends and family that might just want to join but do not really want to work out on the day.
This year’s Marathon is themed: “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER”
It is an ode to the incredible multi-cultural city and environment we live in in Abu Dhabi and the UAE and a metaphor for the mental strength we get from training together as a team.
Each Ride will be designed to emphasize the theme. Spinning after all is about more than just the bike and a ride! It is a true journey of the Body, Mind and Soul!
The event kicks off at 12pm and finishes at 8pm.
During the event snacks, buffet, water, and sports drinks will be provided to the participants. From 6 o’clock onwards a barbecue will be ready.
So here is what the entire family can do at the event:
For the smallest the water slides, bouncing castle and the pool for infants.
Kids and teenagers: Spinning, gym and facility access, pool and beach, buffet
Family and friends: beach pass, gym, pool, Jacuzzi, buffet, barbecue
Participants: 1 to 8 hours of spectacular Spinning and all of the above mentioned elements
Check one of the most mythical Spinning events in the world to see what we’re talking about. Portugal in August is a not to miss stop for all real Spinning fans (organized by Spinning Master Instructor and friend of the house Dino Pedras)
Kids: 50 AED
Non- riding guests: 100 AED beach pass, facility acces, buffet and barbecue included
Hourly rider (1 or more): 200 AED (all services) plus event Shirt and Spinning classes
Solo Rider: 300 AED all above and 8 incredible hours of Spinning.
Club Night at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi is a unique vibe in Abu Dhabi for people who want to train quite hard in an atmosphere that feels like a party. This weekend your trainers, Milos and Peter have decided to use the incredible energy of the Ultra Music Festival straight form Downtown Miami to the Terrace of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi and THE CYCLING ROOM.
For a little teaser of the atmosphere your Care Team is ready to bring:
We’ll kick off the weekend as of 5 pm on THE TERRACE where you can get ready for your #trainingparty or your #partyonbike. We’ll kick off with some chill house music and refreshments. 30 minutes later the party really starts!
SHAPE CLUBNIGHT on the TERRACE – 5.30pm – Milos
SPINNING CLUBNIGHT in THE CYCLING ROOM – 6pm – Peter
Start smiling as soon as you leave work on Thursday and drive to THE ROOM for your amazing #trainingparty! If you have friends that might just want to soak up the vibe and hang out on THE TERRACE or in THE LIVE-IN ROOM, we ll make sure they will receive a warm welcome while they wait for you to join them for the rest of the night.
Your music mix will be lined up by resident DJ and MI for the Spinning® Program Peter.
At the change of year many of us have a moment of self-reflection. And it is up to you to decide to take actions or to let these ‘Moments’ pass.
THE ROOM encourages you to DESIGN THE FUTURE you deserve now!
End of year often makes you ask questions such as:
What went well last year?
What should or could I do better?
What do I really want to change in the next year?
How can I achieve these things?
You probably want one of the following changes when we speak about fitness and lifestyle:
I want to feel better, fitter, healthier
I want to look better, get back in shape like when I was younger
I recently got a health wake-up call and really want to do something about that
I want to set myself a ‘race/performance’ goal and this is the year for it
THE ROOM and its Care Team members are excited to share 20+ years of experience in Fitness and Lifestyle with you and has tailored different ways to train together based on how self-motivated and committed you are about your fitness and lifestyle goals.
Which of the below three statements applies most to you:
‘When I set myself a goal (fitness and lifestyle), I am fully committed and self-motivated. I don’t need much external help, just a great environment and quality classes.’
‘When I set myself a goal, I am quite ok at keeping myself motivated but could use a training buddie or coach to keep me motivated and on track.’
Whenever I set myself a goal in the past, I often did not make it as fitness has never been my thing. Somewhere along the road I lost motivation and/or focus. I really need a personalized touch to my training to keep me committed.’
Now that you have given yourself this honest answer to these statements it is very easy to see how you could get the best out of your training at THE ROOM.
Here are your choices:
You are self-motivated (but you do want to set yourself a goal or challenge):
Join us for the 6+1 month or annual unlimited group class membership and join the #100DayCommitment!
What else is included in these memberships?
A brief consultation (with a selected or designated trainer) upon registration about how to use the timetable and various classes to best match your goals and needs. (same after 2-4-6 months)
Body Composition measurements at these same intervals mentioned above.
#100DayCommitment chart and follow up.
You are intermediately self-motivated:
Join the unique NEW YOU program.
1 personal training session per week and a plan made by your trainer to join group classes for the remainder of the week! During the program you will receive body composition testing as well as receive a heart rate tracking monitor to gauge your training intensities!
I need help or be part of a team to stay motivated:
iCHANGE is for you! Starting next on January 15th. A great 28 Day Kickstart fitness and lifestyle program unique in its kind.
5 training sessions a week made up of a great combination of cardio, strength and conditioning, mobility and relaxatipon sessions.
The fun and engaging #28DayChallenge and the challenge tracker
body composition and measurements
great nutritional advice
a team whatsapp group to encourage each other.
A truly great program for you if you have never had a healthy fitness and lifestyle habit or if you lost it for a while as life got really busy! Physically and mentally challenging surely for all levels, but the personal touch in a relatively small group environment makes it a program with a high sustainability and success rate.
As you can see, we are ready and excited to take you on #anextraordinaryroad of fitness and lifestyle in 2017!