The 412 cyclists set the new Guinness World Record™ at Esporta’s annual conference at The Gloucestershire Health & Racquets Club.
This is the second time that the premium UK health and fitness chain has broken the record in less than twelve months. The first, which took place on 28 February 2008, saw 323 high spirited Esporta employees cycling simultaneously in an organised class at the company’s 2008 annual conference. Esporta’s first record lasted five months before being broken in July 2008 by a gym in Valencia, Spain and then again at a trade exhibition in Toronto, Canada.
Esporta’s CEO, Glenn Timms, who led last night’s class on stage alongside fitness instructor Anna Lovelock, said: “Indoor cycling is one of the most popular of the 3,500 classes that are organised each week at Esporta’s 55 clubs across the UK and is something that we consider ourselves specialists in. It’s high-tempo, high energy and instructor-led which creates an incredibly motivating environment that helps people get the most out of their workout. We are delighted to have reclaimed our Guinness World Record. Bringing it back to the UK illustrates our winning attitude and drive to encourage every single one of our employees to ‘live the dream’ and experience the benefits that our members enjoy when participating in group exercise classes at Esporta Health Clubs.”
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Notes to editor:
Group cycling is an aerobic exercise that takes place in a classroom setting on specially designed stationary bicycles called spinning bikes. It is led by an instructor that uses music and enthusiastic coaching to motivate the participants, typically following routines that are designed to simulate terrain and situations encountered in actual bicycle rides, including hill climbs, sprints and interval training. Participants set goals based on their heart rate, which can be measured by hand or using a heart rate monitor and each person in the class can choose their own goals for the session. Besides being a great form of low impact aerobic activity (burning between 400-600 calories in 40 minutes), spinning is also beneficial in strengthening the muscles of the lower body.
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