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Power Play

Heart rate, RPM, power zones… Which training method should your club or studio use in its indoor cycling classes, and why? For Peaks Coaching Group founder and CEO Hunter Allen, it’s all about power. He shares his thoughts with RIDE HIGH.

Go the extra mile

Yoga and pilates are hugely beneficial for indoor cyclists, as complementary classes that can help cyclists avoid injury and pain, as well as boosting performance in the saddle. We talk to the experts.

Is recovery the new fitness?

Should we be building more recovery into and alongside our indoor cycling programming? Kate Cracknell speaks to the experts.

Activism at Virgin Active

With its clubs now re-open, Virgin Active UK is unveiling a series of signature group exercise concepts, including new cycle classes created by cycle ‘activist’ Sarah-Jane Aboboto. She gives us a sneak preview.

Tim Graham

At Integrity Group Fitness Studios in Ballarat, Australia, AV technology is pushed to its limits – and beyond – in a quest to create the ultimate member experience. Its co-founder speaks to Kate Cracknell

A State of Ride

As we continue our superstar instructor series, we speak to Matty Clarke, the co-founder and frontman of A STATE OF RIDE – a new programme, born in the fires of COVID, that’s eyeing up global growth both in and out of club.

Third Space

From signature concepts to pop-up outdoor venues to connectivity between gym floor, GX studio and the home, Chris Stanton and Susie Millen – performance master trainer and cycle master trainer for Third Space – give the low-down on the brand’s cycle programme.

The three arenas of ACTIC

With a new collection of concept classes, a new app and an evolution of its outdoor offering just three of its hot-off-the-press initiatives, the 177-club ACTIC Group is set to explode out of the blocks in 2021. Group training product manager Jessica Tito Martins speaks to Kate Cracknell

Setting the world on fire

Founded in Malaysia in 2015, boutique brand FIRE Fitness is now looking to expand globally through an innovative licensing model. Kate Cracknell reports

Mix & Match

Cycling fusion classes can be a great way to add ‘bang to your buck’, creating workouts that keep bodies and minds guessing and members engaged. We talk to those successfully offering exactly this style of class.

Heart & soul

From star of the stage to star of the SoulCycle studio. Lauren Naomi, one of SoulCycle’s top London instructors, shares her story with Kate Cracknell

Get the world grooving

In the first of our rockstar instructor series, GrooveCycle founder SJ Aboboto explains how a background in dance shaped a cycling  concept where results are measured on the breadth of your smile

Music maestros

Licensing music for group exercise playlists can be a complex process, especially when you’re negotiating global rights. Josh James and Kendall Farmer of the Les Mills music team talk us through the process

I got Rhythm

David Lloyd Clubs is in the process of rolling out a boutique-style cycling concept cross its estate. Kate Cracknell gets in the saddle to try out one of its signature classes.

Style / substance

Is there a problem of style over substance in cycling studios around the world? We ask our expert panel Noël Nocciolo Independent indoor cycling master trainer & studio consultant Founder, Boutique Fitness Talks

The appliance of science

Les Mills uses science to road-test its cycling programmes. Bryce Hastings, Les Mills’ head of research, talks Kate Cracknell through some of the company’s extensive studies in the field of indoor cycling

Rick Crawford

As the needs and demands of exercisers continue to diversify, there’s a growing pressure to segment the fitness offering – and this is exactly what Nuffield Health has done with its cycling programme. The operator’s head of fitness speaks to Kate Cracknell

Matthew Allison

Space Cycle, the cycling boutique that’s redefining millennial fitness in Asia, is eyeing expansion across the major cities of China – and beyond, through new strategic partnerships. Its founder talks to Kate Cracknell.

The best of all worlds

The ICA’s Jennifer Sage outlines her mission: to bridge the gap between cycling purists and the ‘party on a bike’ brigade, creating a resource that teaches instructors across the sector how to lead technically robust classes in a way that truly inspires and enthuses the riders.

The perfect playlist for indoor cycling

Dairy cows produce more milk when listening to music in the cowshed. And music motivates people to work out harder and stay focused at the fitness centre. Both statements are scientific facts.

Johnny G the inventor of spinning

The inventor of Spinning talks to Kate Cracknell about his new bike, his desire to keep moving the industry forward, and the vital importance of engaging your mind whenever you’re moving

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