As the days become cooler and shorter, it can be hard to be motivated to ride outside. Thankfully, there has been a steady increase for indoor cycling options over the past few years. With training applications like TrainerRoad and FulGaz, as well The Sufferfest videos, there are numerous choices to get you cycling indoors.
Until recently, many of the applications and videos have been designed with solo efforts in a garage, living room or home gym in mind. That's fine if you are doing one or two sessions a week, but it can quickly become lonely.
Enter the next phase of indoor cycling....the Cycle Collective. Located in Richmond, Melbourne they are pushing the boundaries when it comes to indoor cycling. 'We wouldn't call ourselves a cycling studio - we are much more than that' Co-founder Adam Pearson informed us.
Indeed they are. 'We see ourselves as a space where people can train and nourish the body.' said Pearson. Cycle Collective has co-located services including Myotherapy and have intentions to include a Nutritionist, to complement their training and nourish philosophy.
The neat and spacious locker rooms are another feature of the space. The tall lockers are perfect for storing work or going -out clothing should you be on the way to the office or perhaps dinner. 'Being so close to the City, we created a locker space that allowed people to store work or going-out clothing.' Pearson said.
Furthermore, no expense has been spared in the architecturally designed workout rooms that offer views of Melbourne's skyline. It almost makes it a pleasure to train on the bike or in the purpose built strength training area.
'Chris (Sinclair - the other founder...) and I have been in the fitness and cycling game for a while. We knew how important a strength training space would be.' Pearson said.
But its not just the physical space that's appealing. For those that are into numbers, Cycle Collective provides goal orientated training which is based on regular testing. They even went to the length of ensuring clients could immediately download data right after a workout.
'Our bikes are blue-tooth enabled and will connect to a Garmin device or iphone and Android app.' Pearson said.
So who is going to the Cycle Collective?
'We have a whole range of clients. Our weekend and evening classes are very popular at the moment, as well as our group sessions for workplaces, schools and sporting clubs.' The beauty of the sessions are they are designed for each individual, but riding with others give a sense of community. Riding with others can help the time pass quickly as well.
With upstairs occupied by the cycling and strength areas, downstairs has resident Myotherapist, Matt. Plans are afoot for a Dietician or Nutritionist to join Matt and compliment the 'nourish and repair' services linked to Cycle Collective.
Cycle Collective is getting a strong reputation within Melbourne's cycling and triathlon scene. The time trial sessions and goal orientated training will ensure they appeal to people looking to get or stay fit during cooler months.
We expect their warm customer service, community feel and desire to push the boundaries will ensure they remain a key part of Melbourne cycling culture for years to come.
Want a discounted starter pack at Cycle Collective? Log onto Cycle Collective, select the 'starter pack' and register. To claim your discounted starter pack enter the code 'Starter25' at checkout. For $25 you get unlimited attendance to programs at Cycle Collective during a 14 day period.
Offer valid to first 10 registrations before Monday 29 June 2015.