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Spin? Absolutely!



How do we feel about summer being over? Being back in the ol’ routines? With the arrival of fall, why not spruce up your energy with some Absolute Spin classes! Let’s have a little look at just why Spinning is so good for you.
 
Spinning has long been a favorite type of workout for celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Scherzinger and David Beckham. Wait a minute, you think. These people are celebrities, whose whole life is more or less dedicated to working out. What about us mere mortals? I asked one of our new Spin instructors, James, what you can expect from a spin class.

“Spinning really is a fantastic workout for everyone, regardless of your fitness level. Since people can adjust the level on their own bike, it’s an excellent way to build up strength according to your own need, while still in a dynamic group environment. Remember- this is YOUR workout! I’m here to guide you, and makes sure that you get the most out of your workout in a safe, fun and sweaty way!”

James definitely knows what he’s talking about – with a first diploma in Sports Exercise Science and an F.A Coaching License, he’s been in the fitness industry for over 10 years. In his class, he’ll make you forget about your daily stress and worries and instead focus on getting the very best workout You can get on a bike in 45 minutes, and afterwards he will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your own workout routine or how to get the most out of his high-in-demand classes.

So, get ready to sweat! Because sweat, you will: when you walk out of that class, you’ll be dripping but smiling. Really, smiling? Yes! Here’s the thing: exercise releases endorphins, also known as the Happy hormone. When you really push yourself with exercise (which you will, in our Spin classes) the brain releases this hormone that can make you feel almost euphoric after a class. I asked our other new Spin instructor, Nadia, about some of the benefits of spinning.

“Spinning is great because it is a high intensity cardiovascular exercise which allows you to burn up to 400-600 calories per session. When you exercise on your own, it’s so hard to push yourself that extra bit which is necessary to see real change in your body – this really is a great way to tone up your legs and glutes as well as getting that amazing interval training with climbs, sprints and out-of-the-saddle work.”

Nadia has been teaching Spin since 2007 and she loves it! She is a welcomed addition to the Absolute team, with her fun and charming personality and music that will be sure to get your heart rate up. Because that’s another thing about Spinning – it’s all done with awesome music that will help motivate you during the class.

So, why not hop on one of our 11 stationary bikes and add some extra cardio to your workout routine? Ladies and gentlemen… ready, set, SPIN!

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Badass Banana Bars - Hollie's Recipe

 Dairy free,low fat, high energy bars!

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Eat these amazing bars whenever you need a sustained boost of energy. They are dairy free, can be made gluten free (use Doves Farm G.F porridge oats) taste amazing and are full of super ingredients!

Porridge and Coconut oil can lower cholesterol and are thought to be mood enhancers. Oats spur the body to burn fat as energy rather than Glycogen (saving it for later) so you can train longer and they fill you up meaning less snacking. You can change the fruit used in the recipe, add protein powder, tweak the measurements, its pretty flexible.

Oven 180C, Makes 8 Bars, 10 mins prep, 25 mins cooking time.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Bananas (ripe/black) mashed
  • 11 dried apricots, chopped
  • 10 prunes, chopped
  • 60g sultanas
  • 10g cranberries
  • 1 dessertspoon Coconut Oil (melted with the honey)
  • 1.5 dessertspoon Honey (melted with the oil)
  • 160g Oats

 

1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.

2. Spoon into a greased brownie tin (any tray with high sides, it doesn’t need to fill the pan completely, just push into a square shape, it won’t spread when in the oven)

3. Bake for around 20-25 mins until slightly darker on top.

4. Cut into bars whilst still warm and leave to cool down.

5. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Last roughly a week (if they’re lucky)


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Spin Bike Set Up 101

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Spin bikes are designed to fit all shapes, sizes and abilities. Getting your bike set up correctly is one of the most important aspects when taking part in a spin class. You are usually fixed to the bike for at least 45 minutes during a class, if you are in the wrong position it will effect your range of movement, hinder your performance and even cause pain!

STEP 1 - Seat Height
It’s easy to determine the right height—simply place your feet in the toe cages or clip into the pedals and just make sure to keep a little bend (approx 5 degrees) in the knee as the leg is moving round during your pedal stroke. Your knees should not lock out at at any point during the movement.

STEP 2 - Forward/Back Seat Position
Once your height is set sit on the saddle in the riding position, then position the pedals so they’re level with each other, parallel to the floor. Your seat is in the right position when your knee cap is directly above the center of the pedal.


STEP 3 - Handlebar Height
Adjust the handlebars to a position that is comfortable and limits unnecessary strain on your neck and back. If you do suffer from any neck tension or back pain, please let the trainer know prior to the class.


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So Good To Me - Chris Malinchak

Absolute Beats bringing you a tune to start your week. Happy Monday. Love LMBB

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Welcome to Absolute!

IMG_SpinHi and welcome to the Absolute blog. 

 

We plan to use this as a forum to share our knowledge and ideas on living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Our expert trainers will all contribute on topics that are of particular interest to them. You can expect to read about such topics as, injury prevention, fluid consumption, nutrition, exercise for pregnancies, exercise technology, some of our favourite tips and tricks and many more informative articles on exercise and well being that our experience and education has taught us.

 

We hope that this blog becomes a regular source of inspiration, motivation and education for you, and a place you can share with us your questions and experiences.

 

 

Just to shed some light on Absolute I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about us.

 

The studio is located  on the top 2 floors of an office building in Parsons Green, London, UK. It was first opened in January 2010. Since then we have been providing our awesome clientele with a place to come and stretch, tone, strengthen and condition their bodies to their potential bests. Although we have flirted with some other modes of exercise (boxing, kettle bells etc) we have now concentrated our expertise into, stationary cycling, Absolute Spin classes and  reformer based, Absolute Pilates classes and Personal training . We feel these forms of exercise are a perfect match in terms of cardio vascular and calorie burning with postural correction, injury rehabilitation/prevention, flexibility and strengthening. With our powers combined we offer every individual the chance to achieve their individual health and fitness goals. See our testimonials  for some of the super people we have helped so far.

 

The studio is small in size ( currently 9 reformer beds and 8 spin bikes) but large in personality. We are a fun and lively bunch who get a great deal of enjoyment from the work we do. We have a fantastic clientele who are a real pleasure to work with. We love our work, but even more we love having a good time...

 

We make great efforts to provide a place where people can come and enjoy their exercise, feel safe yet challenged, educated and inspired. We hope this blog reflects our values and can reach out to those who have similar interests as ours.

 

Thanks for reading and we really look forward to hearing your feedback, questions, jokes, ideas and experiences on our brand new Absolute Blog!!

 

“Smile, people will think you know something.” -Unknown

Written by: Nick Morrison  - Head Trainer.

 
 

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