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This month sees the launch of the Webracing multiplayer software, which allows a single PC unit to wirelessly control a room full of equipment, bringing virtual reality to the group exercise studio. Self-powered indoor bikes – with

the user’s energy output powering the screen and brakes – will be launched this year. With the option to link units to each other, a full class will therefore be able race or train together in the virtual world, with visuals projected on large screens. Competition will become possible within the studio or even across the internet, racing another studio halfway around the world. Users will feel the resistance levels of going up a hill or slip-streaming

behind a competitor, and can talk to the competitors they see live on screen. Close behind the launch of the

Webracer bike, rowing machines – Water Rower, Concept2 and Fluid Rower – will be capable of multi-player race training by the end of 2011.

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MVe – don’t sit still

The MVe (Maximum Versatility Exercise) Chair offers versatile programming options for a fitness or leisure club studio, appealing to all ages, abilities and demographics. Its flexible pre-designed workouts – led by an instructor and with the chair used along with other studio props and accessories – creates a pilates-based fusion circuit training experience, all set to music: a pilates class with the energy of Spinning. Newport Council and Nuffi eld Health

New cardio kit from Keiser

The M3 Total Body Trainer, launched at IHRSA last month, can be used to complement Keiser’s existing M3 Bike and M5 Elliptical as part of a circuit class. The multi-functional piece of equipment offers users the option of exercising the lower body only, the upper body only, or combining both for a total body workout. As with the rest of the Keiser

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M series, the M3 Total Body Trainer is compact and light, and therefore easy to move. It’s also suitable for users of all levels and abilities: users can choose their own level of resistance, meaning that mixed ability classes can be offered.

Get fit walking

The FitWalker and FitWalker Advanced are small footprint group workout treadmills that can be used by all ages and fitness levels; the less fit in the group can choose a lower intensity setting but still engage in the same workout as the fitter members. FitWalkers can be easily wheeled

and stored in less space than group cycling bikes, and carry a similar price point. Side-to-side and combination movements, both on and off the oversized deck, enhance motivation and entertainment value. Add in the hydraulic incline adjustment on the Advanced machine and a whole new dimension of intensity levels can be built in to the workout.

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David Lloyd Leisure introduced adidas Zone Cycling-branded indoor classes at its sites across the UK in January. The freestyle classes, which have an

indoor cycling theme based around the velodrome training drills of Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, use Keiser M3 bikes and the adidas miCoach – the interactive, personalised interval training device based on colour-coded heart rate zones. Instructors gradually increase members’ heart rates through The Ride In (warm- up) to prepare for the main workout block – The Velodrome – where heart rates move up to the highest (red) zone. Music – created with FitPro – and

verbal cues are used to raise adrenaline levels and help participants feel the exhilaration of winning their ‘race’. Some classes also include special video footage to fully immerse them in the experience.

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have noticed a 50/50 split of men to women in their classes, proving it’s a great way to get men into pilates. The MVe Fitness Chair package is

provided by Peak Pilates’ UK distributors Star Trac and includes a range of equipment, instructor training, pre- designed group class templates, audio/ visual materials and marketing support.

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