A new indoor cycling studio is set to launch in London combining sunlight simulation, mindfulness and meditation to boost your spin session
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FirstLight Cycle, which is set to open in Westfield London in early September, uses sunlight simulation technology to stimulate the body and heighten riders’ senses.
Instructors use sound, visuals and sunlight simulation that reflect the energy demands of each class. The advanced sunlight technology mimics the natural sunlight you need at each part of the day, reviving and awakening your senses.
The signature 45 and 60-minute full body cycle workouts are set in darkened rooms and include cardio, mindfulness and meditation, together with an upper-body strength workout using body bars to build and tone core muscles.
The UK only gets approximately 1,500 hours of sunlight each year (current heatwave notwithstanding), which is not enough to ensure energy and motivation levels stay high whatever the weather, so the classes deliver the light stimulation your body needs to motivate and energise during and after your workout.
A gigantic state-of-the-art 30ft widescreen – the Magic Mirror – provides the backdrop to transport you to destinations such as Africa, Manhattan, Rio, Ibiza or Dubai. Sunlight simulation technology enhances those experiences, working in harmony with the Magic Mirror system behind the instructor.
Riders are fully immersed in the themes and transported beyond the studio and out into the world. You can ride through dawn to awaken and invigorate yourself, through the energising light of midday to boost alertness, or you can ride through the evening light to help your body produce the sleep-enhancing hormone, melatonin.
You can ride through dawn to awaken and invigorate yourself, through the energising light of midday to boost alertness, or you can ride through the evening light to help your body produce sleep-enhancing melatonin
The main studio will have 68 bikes initially, before rising to 100 bikes, making it the biggest spin studio in the UK, and the stadium-style seating gives unrestricted views from every angle.
Together with the specialist acoustics, riders hear every word, sense every rise and fall, and feel every beat. Two further studios, focusing on boxing, Muay Thai and live-streamed classes, will open later this year.
The concept, which has been five years in the making, is the brainchild of celebrity trainer Mark Anthony: ‘We’re revolutionising cycling workouts and wanted London to be the first city to discover our fully immersive experience,’ he said.
‘When it came to designing the perfect studio environment, we’ve gone for something radical. You’ll be working out in a darkened room, your senses heightened and focused on the task. It’s an entirely new experience!’
FirstLight Cycle is set to open on 4 September. See firstlightcycle.co.uk