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Class review: Guilty Pleasures Ride at 1Rebel

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When and where

1Rebel’s Victoria studio, Mondays at 7.30pm.

What’s the drill?

A 45-minute class in the world’s first spin “amphitheatre”: a 7,000 sq ft, three-tiered studio where you can cycle with 85 other riders.

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Don’t expect to sit back and coast: this workout is all about the drama and cheese — think screen effects and smoke machines. The futuristic space houses a £600,000 3D sound system that premiered at Glastonbury and a laser system never seen before outside a live event space, while the instructor, Jono, rises and descends on a platform like a rock star. Cycling is done both in the saddle and standing up, and Jono mixes up sprints, tap-backs and hand-weight exercises to push you until the final minute — especially through the three big hill climbs towards the end.

The skinny

Push hard and you can burn up to 800 calories in a class. The sweat-count does wonders for your skin.

The social network

Mostly young professionals straight from the office. Gather a group of colleagues and book in. Men make up about half the class.

Instructor appeal

Jono usually does the Thursday class and he owns the stage, blasting cheesy pop and singing along through the mic. Expect motivational messages: “What problem did you bring into this class?” on the hill climbs; “What’s the one thing stopping you being the best you can be?” on the sprints. Don’t feel guilty about your guilty pleasures, he insists — you have to have something to look forward to on a Monday.

Helluva ride: 1 Rebel’s Victoria studio features 3D surround sound and a laser system to make you feel like a rock star as you pedal to those big pop hits (1 Rebel)

What to pack

Bring a water bottle. There are fountains outside the studio and reception will give you a stainless steel bottle if you forget your own. Shoes and towels are provided too.

The sounds

Jono’s playlist is so sassy he spells out the definition of sassy halfway through the class. Expect cheesy pop, from the Spice Girls to Taylor Swift — you’ll be singing along by the end.

Locker-room chat

There’s a fridge with cold towels by the entrance to the changing room, and ironing boards if you’re heading straight out afterwards. There are several vast shower cubicles with 1Rebel shampoo and conditioner, and ghd hairdryers and straighteners. Lockers are smart so you don’t need a padlock, just tap in your chosen code; reception has a key if you forget it.

Tips for first timers

Arrive early — the changing rooms are up three flights of stairs and the doors are strictly closed once the class has started — and go a size up when picking your shoes. Get a bike on the balcony if you fancy a view, but Jono makes everyone feel included, from the floor to the upper deck.

The afterburn

You’ll leave dripping, de-stressed and dancing — don’t be surprised if you’re still humming Jono’s catchy tunes at work the next day.

From £22/class, 1rebel.co.uk

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