The New York cycling scene (spinning, to some) has become intense. Studios, such as Fly Wheel Sports and Soul Cycle have packed–to-capacity classes and instructors with a cult like following. Booking a bike is competition sport. Some studios allow bookings by phone up to one week in advance, and charges full price if the class is not cancelled by 5pm the night before. Equinox, where I ride, has online booking available 26 hours before class. For popular instructors, this is literal. Log in 25 hours and 57 minutes before class, and you are most likely out of luck. Yes, I am often sitting at the crack of dawn, waiting for the class to come up so I can get my bike reserved and go back to sleep! As our fitness attention spans will inevitably wander, we can’t help but wonder what the next big thing will be to sway our fickle hearts. Well it could just be Aquaspinning!
Aquaspinning is a huge trend in Europe, and is about to take New York by a storm.
The bikes are submerged in a pool, allowing for a gentle yet challenging experience. Riding through water adds resistance that speeds in firming and toning the body, and enhances calorie burn. The water also makes the movement easy on the joints.
New York’s first studio opens in Tribeca next week, with a full roster of classes. At a hefty $42, including rubber cycling shoe rental, it is a pricy proposition. While I love the idea of added challenge and going easy on my joints, I don’t love the idea of donning a swimsuit and actually getting wet.
Time will tell if this new workout can gain traction, and I have to admit I am kind of interested in trying it out. Once.
How about you? Will you take up aquaspinning?
Aqua Studio opens April 15, and is currently a women’s only facility.