WOW!!! With nearly 250 rides between them Rupert Newell and Giverney Megan Edwards have DOMINATED the way with the most amount of rides since we opened our doors.
Rupert is leading his male counterparts with 88 rides, while Giverney must be leading females all over the world with 160 rides in a year. We’re breaking a sweat just thinking about it. I’m pretty sure that’s more than most instructors! We would like to offer the hugest of congratulations to both, as well as a massive thanks for telling us exactly why they keep coming back for more.
Ladies first,naturally. Giverney gives us the reasons for her addiction to the Ride Republic workout:
“I love Ride Republic because its the BEST start to the day. My rule is, if I’m working in my office, I’ll be at the studio in the morning. Because I trained as a dancer, I’m a cardio junkie by heart but my head knows I need to strength train too, so Ride Republic is perfect. I’m so proud that I can now hold my own in the arm track when guys double my size have to put their weights down!! I’m in love with Venetia and Rachel’s hip hop playlists so I’ll usually head to their classes; or if I’m feeling hardcore, Caitlin is my go to girl because she will always encourage me to push past my limits. My word of advice for anyone new to Ride Republic is: don’t underestimate the girls!”
Rupert tells us what it is about Ride Republic that keep him coming back for more:
“How did I get myself into this? It is 6.55am, and I am being encouraged to say ‘Hello legs’ as the 45 minute Burn ride ramps up at Ride Republic. The bigger questions are possibly: why do I keep coming back? and (ask this in hushed tones), why do I enjoy it when it involves such intensive exertion?
To answer these questions we need to go back to April of last year when Ride Republic first opened its doors. I was looking to find something that would improve my fitness, particularly in the saddle. Ride Republic is all about putting the fun and the competitive edge in to spin classes. The equipment is top quality, with the studio even supplying cycle shoes to make the most of the rides – I have my own! My previous experience of spin classes involved choosing a bike in the shadows, and hoping not to be caught about how little effort I was making. The results were inevitable. I got less out the experience than I should have done. Ride Republic is different. Firstly the bikes have electronic control panels. This means you can see how well you are performing whilst you ride. The bikes have gears. You have to follow the instructors lead on what gears you should be in at every stage of the ride. There is no hiding place when you are asked to ‘pick it oowupp!’
The outcome of all this is inevitable – my performance has increased and my fitness levels have improved at a greater rate than if I had been attending traditional spin classes.
However, Ride Republic classes have progressed from solely a fitness incentive to the enjoyment factor as well. The enjoyment can be put down to the service and the people. The service at Ride Republic is personal and friendly. The studio is modern, well ventilated, and clean. The music is designed to be invigorating. The staff will always comment if you have done well on a ride and are tactfully silent if you end up propping up the Burnboard at the end of a ride. I have experienced both in equal measure.”