Level Up Your Fitness Regime With the SHAPE® –TABATA Challenge

Passion for fitness can only be pursued by taking up new challenges that help you push your limits. It drives us to achieve something new every day by bringing a change in our routine. The pursuit of fitness is about keeping things fresh and accepting exciting new challenges to push your fitness to the next level.

It starts with SHAPE®..

SHAPE® is a dynamic fitness activity based on the combination of cardio and strength.  It prepares your body to support everyday movement while preventing injuries caused by weakness in the body.  It incorporates muscle toning and natural dynamic movement working with the natural planes of movement of our body.

What is the next level?

SHAPE® in itself is dynamic and challenging but you can go a step further by adding TABATA training to this mix. TABATA is one of the most popular forms of HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training sessions. It consists of 4-minute sessions with cycles of a 20-second workout followed by 10 seconds of rest (20/10).

Who is it for?

This challenge is designed for those who have been consistent with their SHAPE® training. They can take it to the next level by adding intensity to their strength and cardio workout. This not only makes it more challenging but also adds more fun to the workout, making it more energetic.

It is the perfect way to level-up your fitness regime and you can start it with the exclusive SHAPE®-TABATA sessions at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. These 60-minute double sessions by Mim Kleiberg and Milos Padejski are starting soon. Take up the challenge and fuel your passion for fitness.

Sign up for a session now at http://theroom.ae/timetable.php

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!

What is functional training and why should I join a SHAPE class at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi?

Mim Kleiberg

Let’s first start with the ‘Why Should I join a SHAPE class?’

In short, SHAPE is

FUN – ENERGETIC – EFFECTIVE – SAFE – CARDIO – STRENGTH – INTERVAL TRAINING

At THE ROOM our SHAPE classes are led by highly skilled instructors in sessions with limited participants to ensure correct posture and movement. Classes are given with safety of the participants in mind. As numbers are limited the trainer can offer and monitor various degrees of difficulty of exercises that are given to participants to meet individual needs.
Classes combine functional movement with cardiovascular interval training to create an all in one class to burn fat and boost the metabolism.

Let’s get somewhat deeper in the strengthening component of the SHAPE classes at THE ROOM. What exactly is functional training?
Functional Training is a form of exercise which strengthens the body to support everyday movement, balance and control. It prepares your muscles for the work that these muscles perform in everyday life and prevents injury by aiding movement. Whilst the majority of functional training can be done with no equipment but your own body, weights and exercise, training aids can be used to boost the strength of muscles over certain planes of movement. Training aids include kettle bells, smash balls, ropes, suspension trainers and jump boxes.
Natural movement
Examples of functional movement include squatting (used in movements such as standing up and sitting from a chair or shoulder press like lifting a heavy object to place it on a shelf. Functional movement incorporates compound (combined) muscle movement in contrast with some strength training that isolates certain muscles.
Because most functional training includes multiple muscle movements, the core, or powerhouse of the body is engaged and strengthened. This supports the foundation of the body and improves not only overall strength, but stability and balance as well. This means that functional training is important in the aspect of reducing the risk of falls and other injury.
Why Functional strength training is different from other forms of strength training:
1. Functional movement incorporates compound (combined) muscle movement in contrast with some strength training that isolates certain muscles.
2. Functional movement works with the natural planes of movement of the body, meaning that the body only trains in the way that it was designed to move.

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi with qualifications in Olympic Weight Lifting, Kettle-bells & Functional Training. She is an avid cyclist and triathlon competitor and is currently training for long distance triathlon.

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.

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…