Velocity: Asia’s First Solo Aquabike Studio
I have a confession to make. When I first heard the words “aqua bike”, I had visions of the usual dreaded spin class being held in a swimming pool, and that the weight of the water and resistance created would leave me begging to escape the session. How wrong was I?
Thanks to the gracious team at Velocity Studio in Causeway Bay, the aqua bike is my new favourite way to exercise and feel good about myself. And with just session, it’ll be your favourite too.
I like to think of myself as a fairly fit person. I went to a few spin classes at the gym, sweated out the weekend, and spent the whole class praying that the instructor or impossibly fit middle-aged woman didn’t notice me reducing the resistance on my bike every few minutes. Heck, I even lift weights at the gym a few times a week trying to get arms like Michelle Obama, but I am definitely not one of those people who would be labeled fitness fanatical. So when the opportunity came across my horizon to give aqua cycling a go at Hong Kong’s first solo aqua bike studio, I was a little nervous.
With two bad knees from a high school injury and a chronic case of post-Christmas laziness, I arrived at the Velocity Studio armed with my bikini and a sense of being a fish out of water. Here I go!
Stepping out of the elevator, I already felt at home. Thee studio was so beautiful decorated and chic, and smelt exactly like I wanted my dream apartment to smell like (scented candles). After filling out forms about previous injuries and aspirations for the session, I met my studio trainer and was led through to the change room.
The change rooms, lined with lockers, showers, and huge fluffy towels, were female only and came equipped with a bathing suit dryer and hair products. The whole studio was set to a pleasant temperature, and I was so happy when I discovered that the studio has flip-flops on hand for those who forgot to bring any (me). I wriggled into my bikini and ventured out into the cycle studio to meet my trainer. Expecting a giant swimming pool with bicycles, I was shocked to find that it was even cooler than I could imagine.
The studio consisted of furnished, private cabins that each held a state-of-the-art solo Jacuzzi aquabikes which I am told were designed and engineered in France. The aquabikes were all facing huge windows, giving me a spectacular view of Causeway Bay. The aquabike jacuzzi is similar to a gigantic bathtub, almost as tall as me with a set of steps leading up the side, and the water in the jacuzzi was a little cooler than room temperature in order to keep me from overheating while I was peddling. Although I had come to the session alone, my instructor showed me that the dividing wall between the jacuzzi cubicles could be pulled aside so that I can exercise with a friend.
The jacuzzi has 26 individual jets that could be adjusted for strength and pulses, and interestingly enough the tub itself had customisable lighting which can be set to any colour of the rainbow and even a “disco” setting. The jacuzzi dashboard had a huge list of different programs for you to choose from, and your trainer will discuss with you which is best for your body. Just when you think it can’t get any better, you’ll be given a bluetooth headset and an attachable iPad loaded with Netflix to watch while you exercise. What could be a better way to exercise than to Netflix and chill in a giant bathtub?
I pressed start on my program, plugged in the movie Clueless, and began to pedal.
Before I began my session, I imagined that the added weight of the water would mean that the force required to push the pedals would be greater than I am used to and that the resistance of the water would be what I was working against. What I discovered was that the water actually seemed to help me rather than impede. I felt as light as a skinny latte and that the water helped to take all the stress and pressure off my injuries. At the front desk, it was mentioned that aqua cycling is used by many athletes and those undergoing physiotherapy and now I could see why.
I was puffed and definitely doing working out, but my body wasn’t under any sort of strain. Usually watching the clock, this exercise flew by and I was super surprised when my instructor came to me to inform me that I had completed my 30-minute session. Not only that, she added, I had burnt around 500 calories. Hurray! Drying off a little in my big fluffy towel, I opted for a quick Japanese sauna session afterwards as a reward for my non-workout workout and as a way to help detox my body and help my muscles recover.
The Japanese sauna consisted of a small chamber that covered me all the way up to my neck, which was inside a private room. As someone who gets a little claustrophobic inside room saunas, I was delighted that I could set my own temperature for the session without being uncomfortable or suffocated. After almost falling asleep from being so relaxed, I jumped in the shower and took full advantage of the facilities (hello, fluffy towels!)
The day after my Aquabike adventure, I felt refreshed and healthy having sweated and detoxed as well as getting in some amazing exercise. Needless to say, Aquabiking is going to be my go-to activity in Hong Kong.
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Velocity Studio is located at 14F, Oliv, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
Hours: Monday to Friday 08:00-22:00, Saturday 09:30-21:00, Sunday & Public Holidays 09:30-20:00
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