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Pendle Wavelengths leisure centre in Nelson, Lancashire, has launched the country’s first ‘Roc It Spin’ class, a circuit-based fitness class that combines exercises on resistance machines with a high intensity cardiovascular workout. The twice weekly, 45-minute


ICG circuits for all


The Indoorcycling Group (ICG) has launched its new I.C.E Cyclewell education programme following pilot schemes in 2010. Providing instructors with the tools to create ‘the ultimate combination class’ – a fusion of functional strength, conditioning and cardio in a circuit training approach – the course offers a practical framework, with ways to adapt the circuits to allow sports- and fitness-focused consumers to train alongside those with special requirements or medical conditions. The class uses equipment such


as bands, hand weights, kettlebells, body bars and Swiss balls, as well as incorporating body weight exercises, but its USP is the application of the Cyclewell Adaptor – a patented accessory that transforms the Tomahawk and Livestrong cycles into a much more upright position. In combination with an optional extra wide saddle, this increases participants’ comfort and riding safety through enhanced back support, core stability and sense of space, making it ideal for use by pregnant women, GP referral clients, the deconditioned, seniors and other special populations.


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instructor-led class is designed to encourage women to incorporate strength training into their exercise regime: it alternates 10 minutes of cycling with a 10-minute circuit on Hoist Roc It’s ride-orientated resistance machines, which move with the user to simulate a free weights workout – a natural, whole-body motion. John Rawcliffe, health and fi tness


manager at Pendle Wavelengths, says: “Some women feel uncomfortable doing weights in the main gym, or fear


Standing circuits


The new SMS (Standing Movement Solutions) circuit system from NessFit is based around a set of 10 moveable, selectorised stations to work the whole body from a natural standing position. There are no seats or start positions to adjust, allowing for fast transitions from one machine to the next. While the SMS is primarily designed


as a fast-paced toning circuit, the natural standing posture has also proved very popular for functional training among older users. The selectorised nature of the units means each user can choose the intensity of their own workout, allowing for a mix of young and old, fi t and deconditioned in the same class. Class structure is also straightforward:


choose a soundtrack, set a time per station (usually from 30 seconds to two minutes), and add a warm-up and cool- down stretch. To create a larger circuit or to add a more aerobic element to the session, the circuit can be interspersed with FitWalker treadmills (right).


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they will build big muscles. This class encourages them to take up some level of strength training and is also great for fat burning, so members can expect quick results.”


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