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CIARA's BD RIDE

Ciara's Birthday Ride

Attention Team! It's Ciara's birthday ride tomorrow and Friday! Come celebrate her with your badass ride. Smiles are required!

6.30PM on OCT 5th, 2017 @theCOMMONs


6.30PM on OCT 6th, 2017 @Amarin

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LADIES NIGHT

Ladies Night Ride

Girls just wanna have fun but that doesn’t mean boys aren’t welcome! Join Lindsey and Ploy as they take on LADIES NIGHT. Make it a healthy night out to remember at Amarin and Commons studio!

6.30PM on SEP 19, 2017 @theCOMMONs, led by Lindsey


7.30PM on SEP 26, 2017 @Amarin, led by Ploy

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Does More Sweat mean a Better Workout?

The sweatiest workouts can feel like the hardest workouts. When we push hard for our exercise, our muscles can feel like they're on fire and if we're not sweaty, we would feel like we’re not doing it right. But is that true?...well, not exactly. How much you sweat doesn’t necessarily correlate with how intense your workout is or how many calories you burn.

How do we sweat?

When your body temperature rises, your eccrine glands secrete sweat, and the evaporation of moisture from your skin helps you cool off. Of course, sweating can occur for other reasons, such as stress or fear. Final examination, public speaking or even an awkward first date.

What are the factors?

There are many factors, including gender (men tend to sweat more than women) and age (younger people sweat more than older people), as well as genetics, temperature, and humidity. Weight plays a role as well: Larger people tend to sweat more because their bodies generate more heat.

Another contributor is fitness level. Surprisingly, fit people tend to sweat more than those who are less fit. Research suggests that as your fitness level improves, your body’s heat-regulating system kicks in sooner, cooling you down faster and allowing you to work harder, which translates to a lot more sweat!

And don’t be misled by the loss of a few pounds after an intense workout. This is simply water weight you gain back when you rehydrate and doesn't necessarily mean you’ve burned lots of calories.

On the flip side, don’t assume a less sweaty workout means you aren’t working hard enough or burning enough calories. It could be that your sweat is evaporating quickly, because you’re exercising in air-conditioning, near a fan, or outdoors on a windy day.

The Bottom Line

Sweat is not a sign of intensity. Perspiration rate is personal and highly affected by other factors such as fitness level, heat, humidity, weight, and even age and gender. No matter how much you sweat, be sure to drink enough water to replace the water you lose.


Source: Greatist, CNN Health News

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What are Energy Balls and what are the benefits?

"Energy balls are pretty much the perfect snack."

Energy balls have a satiating combination of protein, good carbs, healthy fats, and high in fiber. Each ball offers you between 100-250 calories depending on the ingredients. Also, energy balls are portable, so they are the perfect healthy on-the-go snack before or after your workout!

What are the benefits of energy balls?

They are full with nutrients, made with super food and whole food, high in protein, healthy carbs, fats, and fiber, which helps build lean muscle mass, boost energy and aid weight maintenance. Essentially, they are simply the guilt-free, energy hit and the perfect snack!

When is the best time to eat energy balls?

Pre-gym: Have a bite before your workout for maximum and sustained energy.
Post-gym: After exercise, your muscles are like sponges. Energy balls contain protein and other important nutrients that will help to repair and replenish your post-workout body.
Between meals: Snacking can be dangerous sometimes, so make sure you have a healthy snack near you like the energy balls - they can help you conquer the hunger with guilt-free.
3 PM: When you are tired and stressed it’s easy to go climbing the walls in search of a sugar hit! Keep these babies on hand and you’ll satisfy any craving with a nourishing snack!

How many balls you should be consuming per day?

“Everything in moderation.”, says Oscar Wilde. Too much of anything is never good for your body, so make sure you don’t overeat energy balls even though it’s healthy but some recipes can have high calories. So if you over-consume them, you might end up having too many calories in a day with no realization.

 

Read on for a mixture of our favourite healthy and tasty recipe that will help you energized before/after your workout.

Chia Banana Oat Cookies Balls (102 kcal/ball)

  • Banana
  • Chia seed
  • Oat
  • Almond
  • Chocolate chip
  • Coconut flake

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites (106 kcal/ball)

  • Pumpkin
  • Walnut
  • Date
  • Peanut
  • Almond
  • Raisin
  • Cinnamon

Matcha Chia (96 kcal/ball)

  • Green tea powder
  • Chia seed
  • Cashew nut
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut flake

Acai Superfood Bite (85 kcal/ball)

  • Acai powder
  • Almond
  • Date
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut flake

Guarana (104 kcal/ball)

  • Guarana powder
  • Date
  • Peanut butter
  • Chia seed
  • Coconut flake

Questions or comments? please email us HERE Looking for healthy & tasty energy balls? Check out our kitchen, Absolute Fit Food


HIP HOP THURSDAY RIDE

Hip Hop Thursday Ride

Are you looking for a Hip Hop night? Absolute Cycle is here for you. Let’s tap it back through your Thursday night with Gift as she brings together all the Hip Hop and underground hits in the room.

SEP 14th, 2017

7.30 PM

Amarin

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How Mimi & Zuzi made it to the podium at Absolute Cycle

Today we got a chance to talk with Mimi and Zuzi, our Rockstar sister instructors at Absolute Cycle. They both share an inspiring story about their journey to the podium.

Mimi: My journey to Absolute Cycle didn’t come from my interest in the first place. I tried RPM and normal spin classes before, but I didn’t fall in love with it. When I saw Absolute You introduce Rhythm Cycling, I wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but I gave it a try because I trust the brand. My first class was with Dan at theCOMMONs. It was really tough for me as I didn’t have much cardio endurance, but when Dan started the moves, the dancing on the bike, the loud music and the amazing lighting, all I could think was...

“Yes, This is what I’m looking for!”

I walked out of the room with a big smile, ready for the next class. I kept going back for more. Eventually, I got the rhythm in every pedal stroke. Then, in March 2017, I auditioned to be an Absolute Cycle instructor and it was the best decision I ever made.


My background was typical. I used to hate working out. My previous career was a normal office job. When I worked in the office, my weight went up dramatically...During the first year, I gained 5 kg, then the next year I gained another 8 kg. It reached the point where I felt like “OK, I need to do something about this.” So I started adjusting my diet, eating cleaner and healthier. I did that for about a year, just focusing on my diet. After around 6 months, I had dropped approximately 8 kg and then my weight stabilized. I woke up one day and thought that I need to do something else to transform my body. So, I decided to do yoga here at Absolute You. My ex-boss was actually the one who recommended it. He was an Absolute You customer from the very beginning, so I trusted him! I enjoyed yoga at the time but I still wanted to explore more of what Absolute You had to offer.

Being an instructor is another level - we have to be a rider, an instructor, an entertainer, and definitely an inspiration. The training is 5 hours per day, 5 days a week, I learnt a lot - we made new friends and we had fun together. There has never been a day that I wanted to give up. Every day I worked to improve more and more. It’s not easy - but the hard work doesn’t feel as hard when you get to do something that you love and feel passionate about.

Zuzi: I used to hate working out just like Mimi. My previous company had a fitness club membership benefit but I never used it. I tried going to the park to run but ended up just walking around. Exercise and I were like garlic and vampires!

My sister has always been my motivation, she pushed and dragged me to sweat with her at Absolute Cycle. However, my first class at Absolute Cycle didn’t go so well...I fell off the bike! I was really focused as I wanted to get all the moves right like other riders in the room but I guess I didn’t have good balance. After class, I said to myself that I’m not coming back again, it was so tiring. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Mimi dragged me back to the class until I got addicted to it. One day, she said to me that she wanted to quit her job and becoming an Absolute Cycle instructor. At that time, I was a global customer service at a big corporate firm. All of my colleagues said that I’m too energetic and lively to do an office job. Seeing my sister following her passion is really inspiring. I love music and dancing as much as she does, so it didn’t take me long to decide to give up my job too and join my sister.

I recently started teaching and I can honestly say this is the best job I’ve ever had. The best moment of every class is when the riders come to share their experience afterwards. Now my time is more flexible, I get to do whatever makes me happy and most importantly I get to spend more time with my family. I could never be more thankful for this opportunity that Absolute Cycle had given me.


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HIP HOP THURSDAY RIDE

Hip Hop Thursday Ride

Are you looking for a Hip Hop night? Absolute Cycle is here for you. Let’s tap it back through your Thursday night with Fay as she brings together all the Hip Hop and underground hits in the room.

SEP 21st, 2017

06:30 PM

TheCommons

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Why you should keep cycling when you’re pregnant?

Absolute Cycle member, Teoy is waiting for her second baby. Today she shares with us some tips of how to keep tapping it back with a baby on the way…

About Teoy…

My name is Teoy. I’m from Thailand but currently based in the US. My whole life, I had a very busy schedule, but I always made sure I wouldn’t skip the workout routine, mostly now that I’m pregnant with my second son. Based in the US, and 6 months pregnant, I ride 2/3 times a week as well as do yoga classes. These are basically my secrets to keep me and my growing belly feeling great, staying healthy and strong — both on and off the bike!!

Do you feel any difficulties of riding been pregnant?

My pregnancy stage doesn’t allow me to compete or have even a dash of ego! If I need to take it easy, it's all good! Maybe I don't do every run out of the saddle, go fast as before or even do core crunches (laugh). I have classes where I can ride the whole time and others in which my body tells me to slow down for a few minutes, hydrate and rest. The most important thing is to listen to your body and what your doctor says. The deal here is to maintain my cardiovascular health along with keeping my upper body toned. Lastly, enjoy the ride and take my journey!

Have you ever thought to stop riding because of your pregnancy?

No. I didn’t do it during my first pregnancy and I will not do it this time.  If I still feel good riding and my doctor doesn’t have anything to say in regards to that, I don’t need to stop just because I’m pregnant! Exercise has been a part of my life leading up to my 2 pregnancies, so there is no reason to change up a healthy, positive part of it. (Of course, with my doctor's OK!) Pregnancy is a natural part of life — not a disability!

Why did you choose to keep ridding even now you are pregnant?

Definitely to keep my body active J. Keep a healthy and active lifestyle is one of the best things I can do for me and my baby's health. So, as long as my body allows, I will keep doing it!

Anything you want to say to other pregnant who are not sure about riding during pregnancy?

The best advice I can give is to listen to your body and stay on your journey to lead a healthy lifestyle. Remember that every woman is different and you are not training for a triathlon J You are instead growing a beautiful, healthy baby and you should do what feels good for you. If you feel ill at any time, it is best to alert the instructor. He or she will be able to assist you.

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Breakfast of some Absolute Cycle instructors…

Want a quick, easy and healthy recipe for your breakfast?  Our Absolute Cycle instructors share their breakfast that keeps them energized all morning... check it out!

Jennifer

I usually make green smoothie for breakfast. Today, I use kale, avocado, cos, lettuce, lime, gooseberries, banana, almond butter, almond milk, Spirulina, and vanilla protein. This smoothie contains high in fiber and protein, it gives me the energy boost to start my day.

Justin

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Today I have soft boiled eggs, yogurt with mango, and a protein shake with coconut water. Also, some supplements to fulfill my systems; Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-12 and Milk Thistle.

Fay Fay

Breakfast is best when it's homemade. This recipe is super simple, from the bottom of the jar - frozen spinach, cucumber, blueberries, frozen banana, papaya & blended with almond milk and chia seeds. I pour it into a to-go cup and BOOM!, I’m ready to go.

Faii

The best way to start my day is by having a breakfast prepared by my mom. I enjoy the love she puts on the plate. Today I have a big portion of veggies, boiled eggs, and whole wheat bread with strawberry jam…simple and delicious!

Pearl

Smoothie bowl is life. These are some of my favorite things to put in my breakfast bowl: frozen banana, passion fruit, kale, baby spinach, spirulina powder, kale powder, coconut water and greek yogurt. I top it with cacao nibs, buck wheat, banana, some muesli and dried fruit. So tasty and filling!

Lindsey

It’s a simple plate, but to me, simplicity equals to best results and it’s easiest on the schedule! These are organic, free range eggs, avocado toast, papaya and passion fruit, and COFFEE. Perfection!

Catch a ride with these well-fueled instructors on a bike! Questions or comments? Email us HERE!


Dan & his journey to Rhythm Cycling

Today we got a chance to talk with Dan, the Cycling Director of Absolute Cycle. Dan shares his story and a journey of how rhythm cycling changes his life…

How did you get into fitness industry? What’s your inspiration for becoming a cycling instructor? Tell us about your journey to this career.

I was, what could probably be described as an overweight banker, having worked in finance for 18 to 20 years. I neglected my health badly. I had tried going to the gym and all that did was bulk me up, didn’t help me lose weight and didn’t give me the physique I was looking for. So I tried road cycling and while it was a good cardio, it built really big muscled legs which I didn’t want either. I discovered Rhythm cycling and found out the technique of riding puts the focus on the right body parts and has the right mix of cardio and heart rate management that helped me lose all the weight and also trim down. So rather than big and bulky, it’s lean and mean!

At the beginning, I was inspired to be a rider because I was into the music and the routines that the class gave; it’s a connection between the rhythm, the breath, and the moves. After a while, I thought this is actually something that I would love to do. I saw the way instructors were on the stage, I saw the impact that made on people’s lives. Also, at that time, I was looking for a way out of the banking business. This was something I thought I could be passionate about. So the switch to here was fitness related initially but then it became more of a life goal, more worthwhile than being in banking, so that was the switch. Something that I was inspired and passionate about. It was a total shift! I’d heard about people doing it, but never really thought you could. Then once I discovered that you could – I was in 110%.

How much weight did you lose?

At the peak, I was 100 kgs and then now 80 kgs. 20 kgs – a big change.

Can you please describe the Rhythm cycling class? What’s it like, why people will love it and what’s the benefit?

Rhythm cycling is basically different from spinning. Spinning is not very well-connected to the music, the music is more in the background and more focused on what you’re doing on that bike. Whereas, in Rhythm cycling, the music is in the foreground. The music is the essence of the class – you control the class mood, motion and the speed with the music. Classes here at Absolute Cycle are very structured. We have specific beats per minute for each song in a routine. It’s not random 11 songs pieced together, it’s well-choreographed routines that aim to train different muscle groups and also shift between fat burn, endurance, metcon and HIIT.

Can you please describe the Rhythm cycling class? What’s it like, why people will love it and what’s the benefit?

Rhythm cycling is basically different from spinning. Spinning is not very well-connected to the music, the music is more in the background and more focused on what you’re doing on that bike. Whereas, in Rhythm cycling, the music is in the foreground. The music is the essence of the class – you control the class mood, motion and the speed with the music. Classes here at Absolute Cycle are very structured. We have specific beats per minute for each song in a routine. It’s not random 11 songs pieced together, it’s well-choreographed routines, that aim to train different muscle groups and also shift between fat burn, endurance, metcon and HIIT.

Why people would love it?…

I think because, underneath everything we do, people love music. It’s there in everybody’s life – day in, day out – whether you are in the car, shopping mall, club, bar, restaurant, music is always there. I think people have a natural connection to rhythm, even the way that we walk, the way that we talk, there’s always a rhythm to it. So when we bring the music into a group exercise dynamic like this, people adapt to it very quickly and the music pulls you along in class – helping you get through it a lot easier.

What’s it like?…

It’s being in a room with 40 other sweaty people, all working together as one. We ride at the same pace, we all move at the same time. There’s an excellent group dynamic. You’re going to love the music, the moves, the people, the instructors, the lighting, the sweat, and the feeling afterwards! When you get out of here, you will feel so light. It does take a few classes to get fully used to it. As with anything, you can’t expect to be perfect the first time. So you have to give yourself a chance to get into it. Allow your body to adapt – once you are through that stage, it becomes a magical experience.

What are the benefits?…

Definitely weight loss, serious weight loss. It’s great cardio exercise. It focuses on the abdominals, the core, the obliques and the butt/glutes. A lot of women and some men don’t like the idea of cycling, worried that it will give them big muscled legs. In this class, the focus is not actually on the legs, we don’t use our quads, thigh, calves muscle – it’s all on the core, on the butt. It’s a very good exercise if you are looking to tone up/trim down those areas. For me also, it’s the mental awareness. I find after every class I’m able to think clearer, feel better and process thoughts in a much more positive way. It’s my meditation.

What’s special or unique about Absolute Cycle?

All of our teachers have been trained to a very high level by incredibly experienced instructors, with years of experience overseas. Our training program is the best out there. You are not going to find better. The secret to it is our methodology and the way we structure our classes – and the science behind that, the physiology – the way we focus on form. Plus, they’re all great entertainment value!

What keeps you motivated, inspired and cycling every day?

Honestly, it’s the riders! The people that come here. The people that come in and have that first experience with Rhythm Cycling, they look at you afterward and say “Wow, that was amazing!” Also, you have existing riders that have breakthrough moments where they’re pushing themselves further than they thought possible. The people that come up to you with their success stories – weight down, blood pressure down and better mood – and just to see these smiles on people’s faces 🙂 It’s difficult to get that high from anything else.

What advice would you give to people who are trying to be healthier, fitter and getting in shape?

Come and take our classes at Absolute Cycle! Dare to try! No harm can come from trying. No hurt can come from making a commitment to yourself to come once or twice a week. Even if it’s not cycling, try to find something that you can be passionate about. Make the time, don’t make excuses. Every successful person in the world has the same hours in a day as you – they just don’t make excuses. They get on and do it. So, my advice is to stop making excuses, take a deep breath and let the process happen!


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