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Australian instructor dispels cycling myth
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Like many other ladies, Morgan Guth was worried about cycling resulting in bulkier legs. However, after four years of high-energy spinning, she’s as lean as ever while fervently leading others to enjoy the ride at TRIBE boutique indoor cycling studio, Bangkok’s latest workout destination.
“Women often ask me about this before they decide on taking up indoor cycling. I had the same concern and would never had done it if it resulted in bigger legs. That’s definitely a myth as my thighs and legs have not bulked up at all,’’ said the petite fitness trainer.
The adrenaline-charged drill was initially really hard for the ballet and yoga instructor, who was more comfortable in performing stretching exercises.
“I actually never did cardiovascular workout before the spinning, which was something totally new to me. It made me stronger, fitter and more alert. It opened me to trying a variety of exercises for a balanced fitness programme,” added the Australian, who previously instructed at Hong Kong’s first spinning studio.
The entertaining indoor exercise has gained popularity in the US for over a decade while in Asia, the spinning concept is still relatively new.
Located on the ground floor of the President Tower, Ratchdamri, TRIBE features a main cycling studio accomodating 40 riders and a multi-purpose studio for barre exercises, yoga and boxing.
Whether a small group of 10 or a full class, Guth pulls participants in for an exhilarating 45-minute session designed with crazy lighting flashing different colours and alternating pitch blackness with the spotlight on the trainer.
“Trainers are performers in front of everyone, inspiring them to push a little more, and become better and stronger,’’ she said.
A huge part of the job, Guth has to constantly research and find remixes for the playlist featuring 10 songs, typically indie and house music, for each class.
She choreographs the full-body workout as a combination of different movements, such as push-ups, tricep dips, tap backs , hovers , and using weights, with riders pedalling from slow pace to full throttle.