16th Nov, 2018

Coventry Sports Foundation launches virtual reality cycling classes

Emily Fish 25th Jun, 2017

A SPORTS and leisure provider is embracing new technology to help people improve their health and well-being.

Coventry Sports Foundation is launching a new programme of virtual cycling classes at the Alan Higgs Centre in Allard Way – one of the first sites in Coventry and Warwickshire to hold LesMills.

LesMills are moderate to high intensity classes which use traditional training techniques, positive drive and new-age technology to present a virtual-led session.

A virtual instructor leads a group indoor cycling workout, where participants control the intensity on a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat riding.

Chris Panter from Coventry Sports Foundation said: “The class is a great way to build up your sense of personal achievement by drawing on the group’s energy and improving your fitness level over time.

“This is a chance to show how we are investing in the region’s fitness and well-being by using the latest technology in the industry.

“We are keen to keep the development of this project open for the future, and will still continue to deliver our traditional instructor-based sessions as we understand there will always be the requirement for some people to have a person present to assist.”

The 45-minute sessions typically achieve an average calorie burn of 675 calories and improve cardio and aerobic fitness.

Coventry Sports Foundation recommends doing RPM two to three times per week to maximise results and can be done in normal workout clothes and shoes.

LesMills sessions will run regularly throughout the day at the centre, spanning seven days a week.

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