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!

Start Where You Are

Kat Owens

When it comes to trying something new, for many of us our instinct is to retreat. We go to a space of doubt rather than a space of curiosity. This is completely normal. We’re creatures of comfort! The unknown is a vulnerable place and it’s a lot easier to cozy up in our comfort zone. Starting a yoga practice can be especially intimidating. If you google the word ‘yoga’ you’re confronted (for the most part) with young, fit bodies bending in dizzying ways. It looks anything but inviting and calming. But in reality the practice of yoga is so much more than fancy postures; it is a practice of self-care and coming home to yourself. Simply put, yoga means union. Union between the body and the mind through the breath.
And the best part? It meets you where you are. It’s never too late to try. Maybe you’re healing from an injury. Maybe you have a meditation practice and are curious about the deeper philosophical aspects of yoga. Maybe you’re an avid and intense cyclist or runner. Maybe you’re super stressed out and tired most of the day. Regardless of your unique biography, if you can breathe you can begin.
The four-week Introduction to Yoga course at The Room is suitable for all levels and is a great way to start or continue your practice. Incorporating yoga poses, breath-work, meditation, and yoga philosophy, each session will build on the previous one so by the end you will have a solid yoga foundation.
So if you have any curiosity, don’t retreat—chase it and come join!
Date : Starting April 18, Every Tuesday
Time :
Morning Course – 9.30 am (Kat Owens)
Evening Course – 7.30 pm (Sahar Zaky)
Call 02/ 4444 945 or email info@theroom.ae to enroll or know more.

Boxfit – Who is it for?

Mim Kleiberg

I love Boxfit. I’m not sure which attribute attracts me more. The empowering feeling of striking a punch at high speed or the satisfying crack of a well-timed kick on a boxing pad. Perhaps it’s the feeling of elation after a high energy session or the feeling of accomplishment after pushing my limits.

I remember the first Boxfit class I ever did. To be honest with you I was apprehensive as I went into the class, not knowing what to expect. The high energy pace, the movement, the encouragement of the instructor and the participants but it had me in one class and I was hooked.

What will you find in a Boxfit class?

Boxing as a sport requires many factors that contribute to health and condition: strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, endurance, power and stamina to name a few attributes. All of these will be covered in your Boxfit class at THE ROOM.Boxing gloves

What does a Boxfit class look like?

After a good warm up you will be taken through boxing technique and then continue into the body of the workout where you will work on your skills and fitness. Expect a few bouts of HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) to get you sweating and strong. The class ends with a cool down and full body mobility section.

Instructors at THE ROOM have been trained by international coaches and are knowledgeable about form and technique. Be assured that you will be well looked after!

 

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.

Pilates for cyclists

Pilates for cyclists – Ivana Ostric

What is Pilates?

Maybe the best answer for that is asking yourself : “What is Contrology”

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.” – Joseph Pilates

Pilates involves a series of dynamic movements designed to strengthen the body’s core. It also aims to improve flexibility of the spine and joints. If your center is strong and flexible, all types of movement are easier to perform.

Why Pilates is important for cyclists?

Cycling doesn’t use all of the body’s muscles, but it does require strength, flexibility and balance. Cyclists tend to have highly developed legs, but don’t pay much attention to upper body muscles. Most cyclists have weak glutes and tight hips and Pilates will be here as a great complement to the Spinning programs. Also that will be the great reason to visit Pilates Workshop and check how you can improve these small disadvantages.

What does strong core do for cyclists?

Exercising Pilates you’ll develop strength in the deep intrinsic muscles of abdomen and spine taking pressure of the superfascial muscles. Initially more core strength will help support lower back. It will improve muscle flexibility, posture (all cyclists usually have quite rounded shoulders) and balance. Pilates will lead you to become more self-aware of what your body is doing – on and off the bike. This awareness allows you to correct the things that will increase your speed and power and enjoyment on the bike.

What we will do and learn in the Workshop?

Learn benefits of Pilates workout specifically related to Cyclist:

  • Learn and find neutral spine in different positions of our body
  • Learn difference between neutral and imprinted position of spine and pelvis
  • Find out what are the principles of Pilates
  • Correct the posture, prevent injuries and find the best exercises to improve your ride

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse.

Call – 02/ 4444 945.

Email – info@theroom.ae