"Ride it like you Stole it" - I don't know about you, but I've never stolen a bike in my whole life (in fact, I don't think I've ever stolen anything!). However, this is the slogan for RPM classes, and if you haven't experienced one yet, then get cracking my friend, and book yourself in!
It doesn't matter who instructs an RPM class, the same format will always be used (warm-up, pace track, hill climb, followed by cool down/ stretching).
Stepping in to Active Leisure Centre's cycle studio, the first thing that struck me as odd was the fact that the room was very dark. Because I'm not backward in coming forward, I asked the instructor why there was little light. She mentioned something about how 'it adds to ambience'. At first I thought 'yeah, OK, whatever', but half way through the class, I kind of understood what she meant. You need as must distraction as possible to take your mind off the pain - especially the burning discomfort/feeling in your legs. On the other hand, the focus required to get through the gruelling 45 minute workout is massive. My most favourite track is the speed track (especially when the track 'Insomnia' by Faithless is used). You get the chance to move from side to side in the saddle, simulating going around corners at top speed.
The bikes look fairly ordinary (i.e. like standard stationary bikes). However, there is one special feature which sets them apart from the rest, and it is the magical resistance dial. This small, yet powerful addition is the difference between a great workout and an awesome workout. The more resistance you add, the harder the workout, therefore faster and more effective results. Don't expect to get fitter, leaner or stronger by leaving the dial on the same setting class after class, week after week.
Each instructor will lead you through an exhilarating motivating workout. In addition to the 'ride it like you stole it' slogan, the other one I've seen recently is 'together we are one tribe - one pack. Everyone starts and finishes together'. This is so true - your instructor will ensure nobody gets left behind - they'll even encourage you to be the first one to the top of the mountain, and if that doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will!.
In closing, I will say this - RPM classes are addictive - don't say you haven't been warned! - Lindy S.