Aqua Spinning is a Real Thing

Sport is always evolving, however the hybrid of cycling as a watersport is not one I would ever expect. I was invited (by Joe Blogs) to try out the peculiar aqua spinning at the Royal Commonwealth Pool recently and it certainly was a bizarre yet very fun experience.

As you can see, the bikes are submerged during the exercise but don't worry - they are firmly attached to the ground! I did find myself floating up off the saddle at times but that just makes it more of a challenge. Before beginning the class, we each set up our bikes to the suitable height etc. and chose a difficulty level of Easy, Medium or Hard (which affects the resistance I believe).

The other people in my group all seemed to have done 5Ks and other challenges so I was worried I was a little out of my depth (no pun intended) however I opted for Medium and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'd even consider trying Hard next time.

Watching the pool floor rise up with the bikes is a pretty unusual sight (but also pretty cool). Our instructor was incredibly friendly, helpful and enthusiastic which definitely made me feel more comfortable. The session involved us cycling to fast tempo music and short sprints which were the hardest parts. Luckily, being in the water means you don't build up a sweat which made it easier to work harder and really push yourself to your limit.

Look at us go!

The provided shoes were not the most stylish, but the webbed gloves were right up my street ;). Luckily my class had a great bunch of people including Emma from eLikes, Sarah (guest contributor) from Edinburgh Editor, Stephen from How Many Miles and David who is a personal trainer.

Aqua spinning (also known as hydrospin) was definitely one of the strangest fitness classes I've been too, but also one of the most fun (if not the most). I really did feel the benefits the next day, and if you'd like to find out what physical gains aqua spinning can give you, Simplyhealth (who sponsored the event) have written up an informative post on it over here. Apparently you can burn up to 800 calories per hour?!

Check out course times ('hydrospin') in Edinburgh in this document - I may see you at a few lessons!

Big thanks to Simplyhealth and Joe Blogs for organising the event! Have you tried aqua spinning/hydrospin? What other weird sports are there for me to try?!

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