Get Back to fit: How to resume your fitness routine after the break

A workout regime yields great results only when pursued with vigor and regularity. However, sometimes life, work, holidays, family and many such other reasons may hamper your workout goals. It is okay to miss the sessions once in awhile and take time to do things that make you happy. However, what matters more is how quickly and steadily you can get back on your feet after a break. Most of us dread the inevitable soreness that comes after we resume exercising after a brief hiatus. The important thing is to be fully aware of your body and put it through its paces gradually. Slowly but surely, you will notice yourself getting closer to your wellness goals.

 

Here are my 5 tips to ease the shock of getting back to fit after the break:

1. Slow but steady:

It is unnatural for you to expect 200% results from your body right after your first workout post the holiday break. In your first class, take it easy, do the things that you love doing but maybe reduce the intensity and gradually increase it class by class. Start with the basics and slowly make your way to your regular routine. Not doing so, greatly increases the risk of injury and puts your health at risk.

2. Stretch: It’s good for you:

Once you resume your regular fitness routine , make sure you mobilise and stretch adequately after the class. this will ensure that soreness will be minimised. After each workout, your muscles are left in a contracted state; stretching them ensures that they return back to their natural position so that your body can regain its comfortable posture. There are various ways you can do this, one of them is to catch functional mobility classes to help you with this at THE ROOM.

3. Rest and Recover:

Although fitness is a continuous journey, it is important to schedule adequate rest after each workout. This helps your muscles and body recover faster so that you can keep up the strength in the rest of your workouts. Schedule your rest intervals in between your workout days with equal regularity.

4. Set attainable goals:

Know your own body and try to set goals that can be achieved realistically. Not doing so implies that you are setting yourself up for failure at not achieving them. Moreover, the stress and excess effort may result in a burn-out. We all have a lot of motivation in the beginning, don’t let your fire be consumed in one go. Stagger your progress instead of going at it in one go.

5. Choose your workout wisely:

Attaining desired results is always easier when you are doing something that you love instead of something that you dread doing. Once you come back, choose a workout routine that you love doing. It maybe Yoga, Zumba, Strength, Cardio or any other fitness regime. Focus on the path rather than the result at first.

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, Holistic Health Coach, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi with qualifications in Olympic Weight Lifting, Kettle-bells & Functional Training.

Indoor Cycling, Spinning

Body composition and why weight is a bad indicator of your body’s health

Mim Kleiberg

As a trainer and coach the phrase “I want to lose 5/10/15/20kg/pounds” is something I hear all too often. In this day and age we are obsessed with the number on the scales that we see and what changes we can bring to it.

 

But is weight a good measure of our overall body’s health? Everyone has heard the phrase “muscle weighs more than fat” at some stage of their lives and this is absolutely, why weight is a poor indicator of body health.

 

Most people are familiar with the term “body fat,” usually associating it with obesity, heart disease, cholesterol levels and general unhealthiness. Even though our association with the word “fat” is negative, fat is actually essential to life and bodily function. Fat helps in absorption of vitamins, is the base of our hormones and has many other functions in the body.

Now whilst fat is essential to life, too much fat is detrimental to the body. Fat tissue is the body’s storage facility and stores excess energy for use at a later stage. Fat is used as a fuel source in everyday life and during exercise. Excess fat can cause obesity which comes with a whole slew of health problems including like arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and respiratory problems.

What is a healthy amount of fat?

The amount of fat in your body is referred to by percentage of your body weight. Indicative amounts are specific to gender:

For men:

  • 2 to 5% fat for basic function
  • 6 to 13% fat for athletes
  • 14 to 17% fat for healthy fitness
  • 18 to 24% fat for acceptable wellness
  • 25% or higher is considered obese

For women:

  • 10 to 13% for basic function
  • 14 to 20% for athletes
  • 21 to 24% for fitness
  • 25 to 31% for  acceptable wellness
  • 32% or more is obese

When I train people i aim to decrease their body fat percentage in a number of ways, including changing their nutrition, increasing their cardiovascular exercise quantity and focussing on strength training.

Strength training is a great way to increase your muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass will have a direct effect on your body fat percentage by increasing your body’s requirement of calories (metabolism) to start to use excess fat storage.

 

How do you measure body fat percentage?

 

There are various ways of measuring body fat percentage including calipers, hydrostatic weighing and bio-impedance scales are the popular ways of measuring body fat.

At THE ROOM we use a device that is a bio-impedance scanner to discover your body composition and this device provides a range of data including body-fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density and hydration levels.

If you are a 3 or 12 month member or you have a personal training package with us then you are eligible for a free body composition analysis with one of our trainers and monitoring for the duration of your package or membership.

For further information or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@theroom.ae

 

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.

Spinning® = Cycling

Here is a line I have heard so many times over 20 years in indoor cycling, cycling and triathlon.

“Spinning, no that is not for me. I ride real bikes outside! You won’t not see me in the studio.”

And I have spent numerous hours to try explaining and convincing all types of endurance athletes to give Spinning a go and see what can be in it for them.

Today I decided to write a blog about it as I think this might clear up a few things and help some to find their way to THE CYCLING ROOM.

First of all, I think it is important for an endurance athlete to know what is out there in the indoor cycling world. Not all Indoor Cycling classes are Spinning or cycling oriented for that matter.

There are different types of indoor cycling studios and classes and I believe it is important for an endurance athlete to know this while selecting which studio to choose for their indoor cycling training:

  1. Studios like THE CYCLING ROOM, where all classes are using relevant cycling techniques and road simulations. Usually these studios offer different types classes with a variation of training stimuli and intensity levels. These studios are usually using some form of effort related tracking devices (HR and or Power). Classes are a combination of fun, cycling, science and results. What’s more is that at THE CYCLING ROOM each class has different type of training orientation. Some classes are oriented at Cardiovascular base building, called Foundations.  Other classes are more interval and strength related such as the Performance and Tabata classes.  All other classes on the timetable are designed with training science in mind and will have specific training impulses to them.
  2. Some studios opt to include upper body exercise, weights and other non-cycling related exercise to the indoor cycling routine. It is THE CYCLING ROOM’s belief that this is not the most effective way and at times not the safest to achieve full body results. That’s why, at THE ROOM venues, we have a wide variety of other group classes like SHAPE, Yoga and Pilates to create full body balance. Very often while speaking to road cyclists or triathletes, irrelevant or outright dangerous moves are one of the main reasons they do not wish to participate in indoor cycling sessions. (also see studio type 4 below)
  3. Next are studios opting to offer pre-choreographed classes for their Indoor cycling programs. These classes run through a fixed workout set for a period of time (several weeks or months). Although these have proven to be very popular, as THE CYCLING ROOM we have chosen to opt for a wide range of variation in the weekly schedule offering different training stimuli and intensity levels all throughout the week.
  4. Finally, there are unfortunately quite a few studios where you will find a combination of excessive cadence ranges, unnecessary and unsafe movements on the bike. Unfortunately, in my opinion, these studios can really discredit the indoor cycling sport.

Secondly, why do I think any endurance athlete will take pleasure in experiencing classes at THE CYCLING ROOM or THE PERFORMANCE ROOM (BYOB – bring your own bike studio)?

  1. The sessions offer systematic training based on basic principles of physiological adaptation through sound work to rest ratios, sets of repetitions, cadence ranges and progressions over the weeks.
  2. The sessions offer great feedback on efforts and performance levels through data recording of heart rate and/or power, cadence. This in return offers great opportunity to analyze results and offer training plans to athletes.
  3. Fixed gear bikes allow for each second of training to count as there is no coasting and constant power generation.
  4. Fixed gear training in general is a great way to improve cycling technique and economy.
  5. The sessions are a great way to do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at virtually no injury risk as there is very low impact and no risk of falling etc.
  6. Muscle soreness from even the hardest sessions is limited for the experienced athlete, which means that recovery from these sessions will be easier and vastly shorter than sessions that involve impact (such as HIIT running sessions and others). In short, you will have the fatigue but you will not be stiff allowing for effective training again faster.
  7. The studio offers for a stable environment that allows for efforts to be repeatable and can be compared to previous similar rides. This makes it an excellent environment for field and FTP testing (Functional Threshold Power testing in the BYOB studio) to track fitness progress of an athlete.
  8. You can train throughout the entire week, even during very busy work days, as these sessions, contrary to your rides outside you do not need for a minimum of 3-4 hours from door to door. You can walk in the studio and get an effective workout for 45’ to 75 minutes at THE CYCLING ROOM.
  9. Training in a studio obviously does not get impacted by the weather. No matter how hot it gets (or cold and rainy in other regions), your training can go ahead any day. With the upcoming summer in the UAE, no need to mention that this is a great advantage. In cases of extreme heat you can also do longer rides indoors by doubling up classes on at THE CYCLING ROOM.
  10. A great advantage is the group atmosphere and environment to train in. Especially during the harder workouts it is great to have the support from others to go through to the end of the session.
  11. When working out on the road, it is very difficult to find people of the same level as yourself to train with all the time. Hence during outdoor group training, some people feel like training too hard or too easy all the time for their own levels. Surely it is fun and great outside but when an athlete wants to train in specific training intensity zones, the studio certainly offers for a better solution for these workouts when wanting to train together.
  12. Last and not least, in a region like Abu Dhabi and many downtown areas in the world, long hill training is not possible. That is where the studio comes in very handy. You can simulate any type of gradient, duration at any selected intensity. In short, you can prepare for any climb in the world! It personally made me prepare for my first ever climb of the mythical ‘Mont Ventoux’ in France.

 

Maybe these elements have shed some more light on things now and you might think: ‘Great, I am ready to try this out!’.

What would I recommend to you to start with. If you are a weathered cyclist or triathlete I would recommend you join a Performance (Interval) ride to start with or a Foundations ride (Endurance or Aerobic interval session). After a couple of these you should try out the Tabata (HIIT) session and see how much fun it can be and what great workouts are in store for you at THE CYCLING ROOM.

If you are more of a beginning athlete, the Introductory class is great to get the basics right about bike set-up, breathing, hand positions, the techniques, etc. From there your road probably takes you to the Foundations rides and towards Performance sessions.

THE CYCLING ROOM’s Care Team is ready to welcome and guide you to make your Indoor Cycling training both fun and effective.

Finally, a note to nature loving cyclists who just have an aversion to riding indoors, we hear you, it is not easy to come indoors. That is why, as long as the weather allows for it in Abu Dhabi, we have the Saturday afternoon ride on THE TERRACE!

A Week With Dino at THE ROOM

Peter Pastijn

THE ROOM Abu Dhabi organizes weeks with international presenters and teacher trainers of their various fields of expertise under the name ‘A WEEK WITH’. The goal is to bring some of the world’s training experts over to spend a week with the Abu Dhabi community as well as to offer the best educations to the THE ROOM team and teachers of the region.

Next on the list of international presenters is international Spinning® Power Specialist Master Instructors Dino Pedras from Portugal. More about his bio and profile below but first things first, please find the program of his visit here.

You can enjoy his passion, knowledge and great classes at THE CYCLING ROOM® from Tuesday March 7th till Saturday March 11th at Zayed Sports City, international tennis center.

A WEEK WITH DINO’

Program for the week

Tuesday 7th March

5.30pm – 7.30pm (1 or 2 hours)

MI Dino Pedras (Por) and MI Peter Pastijn (Bel) Teaching a 2-HOUR-SPINNING IS FRIENDSHIP ride. Two international presenters with over 20 years of experience in the industry and in Indoor cycling, two great friends, 1 fun engaging ride.

Wednesday 8th March

6.30pm – PORTUGUESE PASSION – A True Performance Ride

Dino is known as one of the most passionate presenters on the world tour and his motivation and energy is truly contagious. This High Intensity Interval ride will be full of Portuguese fire!

Thursday 9th March

8.30am – ‘Running’ a ride by Dino – 75’ mastering the art of the Standing Flat to build leg strength.

Friday 10th March

9am – 3pm 6-Hour-Mid-Season Spinning Marathon – Dino will be part of the Presenter team during our mid-march Spinning marathon edition held right here at THE CYCLING ROOM at Zayed Sports City.

Fees – 150 Duo – 250 Solo

Saturday 11th March

5.30pm Spinning on the Terrace with Dino

A Cyclist’s Journey…

Normal class fees apply

Special Deal for the real Spinning Fan – 5 slots available for the entire WEEK WITH DINO for 395 (value of package over 700 AED)

More info about Dino?

Meet with Dino

See his annual event – one of the most mythical events on the international Spinning® calendar

Dino Pedras is an avid road cyclist and has been a Master instructor for the Spinning Program since 2007 and has been a regular university lecturer on the topics of cardiovascular training, biomechanics and Spinning in Portugal.

He has been active in the fitness industry for over 20 year and has built a chain of fitness clubs in his region in Portugal. His experience as an international Spinning presenter ranges from South America to the US, and now form Europe to the Middle East.

We are very happy he chose his very first visit to the region to be at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi.

Finally, it is Dino’s genuine friendly and passionate nature that makes him one of the most wanted presenters in the world today. His passion for working out and Spinning is simply contagious! You cannot miss training with him this week.

#anextraordinaryroad

Aim for the stars – A Spinning® Journey ride at THE CYCLING ROOM Abu Dhabi

MI Peter Pastijn

 

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

Spinning® Myths – and the actual truth

Mim Kleiberg

1. Spinning® is only for fit people

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.

THE ROOM Hiltonia Beach Spinning Marathon 2017 – January 21st 2017

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)

Fees:

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.

 

Registration:

Info@theroom.ae, 02/4444945 or on premieronline.com

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL VIBE AT THE ROOM ABU DHABI

Peter Pastijn

CLUB NIGHT SEASON KICK OFF THIS THURSDAY 5PM

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.

Hope you now know how to start your weekend!

See you Thursday…

Design Your Fitness & Lifestyle Future At THE ROOM

Peter Pastijn, Power Specialist Master Instructor

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:

  1. ‘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.’
  2. ‘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.’
  3. 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:

  1. 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?

  1. 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)
  2. Body Composition measurements at these same intervals mentioned above.
  3. #100DayCommitment chart and follow up.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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
  • fitness assessments
  • 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!

Spinning® Foundations Class – Why is it so important?

Indoor Cycling, Spinning

Mim Kleiberg

Background of Foundations rides at THE CYCLING ROOM

One of the many rides that we offer at THE CYCLING ROOM is the Foundations class. Many people ask me if this is the beginners ride and I always answer the same way: It’s a great place to start building your fitness, however, the foundations class is the class where everyone can build a strong fitness base, beginners or advanced.

There are two basic energy systems you use when training:

Anaerobic – used in Performance, Belief and Tabata rides. This energy system is split into 2 pathways: ATP-CP and Glycolytic

  • Aerobic – used in all rides
  • Foundations rides only utilise the aerobic energy system. The benefits of aerobic exercise include:
  • Increased maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max)
  • Improvement in cardiovascular/cardio respiratory function (heart and lungs)
  • Increased blood supply to muscles and ability to use oxygen
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure at any level of sub-maximal exercise
  • Increased threshold for lactic acid accumulation
  • Lower resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure
  • Increased HDL Cholesterol (the good cholesterol)
  • Decreased blood triglycerides
  • Reduced body fat and improved weight control
  • Improved glucose tolerance and reduced insulin resistance
Indoor Cycling
Spinner Blades in THE CYCLING ROOM

Foundations rides train your fitness base.

Unfortunately, you can’t build both your aerobic and anaerobic systems at the same time very well. The idea behind foundation rides is to train your aerobic energy system specifically and solely.

Why is this important? The more work you perform aerobically, or in the presence of oxygen, the more efficient you are. Prolonged aerobic training produces muscular adaptations that improve oxygen transport to the muscles, reduces the rate of lactate formation, improves the rate of lactate removal and increases energy production and utilization. These adaptations occur slowly over time.

Fat is a primary fuel source for the aerobic energy system. Over the course of a base period your body learns to break down and utilize fat as an energy source more efficiently. As an added bonus, this adaptation helps post-exercise fat metabolism as well.

There are 3 styles of Foundations rides that you will find at THE CYCLING ROOM:

· Steady heart-rate rides

· Aerobic interval ride

· Low end strength rides

 

1. Steady heart-rate rides

This is a class where participants will be moved through a series of techniques whilst maintaining a heart rate within a 5-beat-window.

 

2. Aerobic interval rides

This is a class where the participants will be moved through a series of techniques which will move their heart rate through a series of high and low intervals

These rides should hold a clear structure and repetitions to teach participants control over heart rate, consciousness of intensity and limits and the skill of recovery through efficient breathing.

 

3. Low end strength rides

In this class, participants will be lead into climbing techniques. The aim of this class is to develop muscular endurance at an aerobic level and prepare riders for harder workouts such as Performance and Tabata. These rides contribute vastly to strengthening of tendons and ligaments which contributes largely to prevention of injuries later on.

To attend our Spinning(R) Foundations rides or any of the other different ride at THE CYCLING ROOM, check out our latest schedule here at

http://www.theroom.ae/timetable.php

 

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.