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29 Mar

Getting fit - its just like riding a bike!

Getting fit - its just like riding a bike!

Getting fit! It's just like riding a bike!

Northumberland residents are being encouraged to pedal their way to a fitter, healthier future.

It’s no secret that cycling is a great way to get active for people of all ages and abilities. Whilst a sport like running has the potential to take its toll on the body. Cycling engages the muscles in the legs without as much force coming down on the knees. It is therefore much easier on your legs, ankles, knees and feet than running, as it gets you moving and your heart pumping without pounding your joints.

With the Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest cycle race, set to make a welcome return to Northumberland later this year, it’s expected that more and more people will feel inspired to get in the saddle and harness the benefits of pedal power. However, not everyone is enamoured with the idea of battling with time and expense of maintaining all the fancy cycling kit or the unpredictable North East weather.

For those not willing to brave the elements and not wanting to make a long term commitment to a fancy road bike, a state-of-the-art fitness facility from Active Northumberland may have the answer.

MyRide is a purpose-built, theatre-style interactive indoor cycling studio that provides a cycling experience like no other. MyRide classes take riders through jaw-dropping, stunning scenery on the big screen as they listen to motivational instructions from an expert coach. Using advanced technology and forward-motion video, riders can burn calories, lose weight and achieve lower-body toning as they work towards achieving their fitness goals

Active Northumberland runs MyRide classes from two purpose-built, theatre-style cycling studios at Ashington Leisure Centre and Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington. The studios include a suite of special state-of-the-art Keiser bikes set up in front of a giant projector screen.

Riders can channel their inner Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton as they virtually ride through a variety of landscapes from all over the world, taking in scenery including the Alps and the Rocky Mountains.

For the uninitiated and the technophobe, Active Northumberland staff are on hand to provide an introduction and demonstration on how to use the equipment and to run a full programme of classes in the studio.

The timetable of classes includes different styles of work out – from MyRide Studio, with its electric atmosphere and pulse-pounding music, to MyRide Tour, where riders can enjoy the scenic view whilst they ride.

As one of the perks of signing up for membership, Active Northumberland members can also request special MyRide classes to be set up just for them. These special bespoke sessions can be set up by a gym instructor and are available exclusively for groups of two or more members who pay for their membership by direct debit.

As well as live coaching from Active’s dedicated team of fully trained instructors on site to keep the motivation high, the facility also includes a feature allowing riders to follow world-class instruction from an on-screen coach.

Classes can be high-energy, but riders are encouraged to move at their own speed to match their ability.

Nicole Rowley, Health and Fitness Manager at Concordia Leisure Centre, said: “Our amazing, dedicated cycling studios mean that customers can take part in timetabled classes or follow the automatic instructions of a trainer come rain or shine. Motivational coaches will put you through your paces, whilst having fun at the same time as you work towards improving your fitness and tone the lower body, getting fitter, faster and stronger.

“It’s beautiful and spectacular piece of kit, specially designed for indoor cycling. It makes classes much more physically and socially engaging for everyone. It’s really exciting and fun to use for the instructors as well as customers!

“Members have told us that it helps beat the boredom that can sometimes kick in when you’re just sat on an exercise bike with nothing to look at. Taking a virtual tour through the open countryside makes you work harder as well as keeping you entertained.”

View details of Myride classes here -

Myride Coach 
Myride Studio
Myride Tour

For safety reasons, age restrictions apply to classes. ​Riders must be over 16 years old to attend a class, but 14 and 15-year-olds may attend if accompanied by an adult

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