The Spin Room

Working out on a Saturday at 7:30 in the morning does not sit well with my Friday night antics.

Especially, when you have a man dressed like Lance Armstrong intimidating the giggly bits brought on by last nights’ dinner.

Right past Separation Street, next to a bakery in Northcote lives The Spin Room, a lively indoor cycling studio with a twist.

Sam Stapleton, creator and instructor, has brought hospitality to the otherwise banal ritual of exercising. He has intertwined two of Melbourne’s latest cultural phenomenons, cycling and coffee.

 “Early in the morning coffee is on people’s minds.” Sam explains, “It’s a great ice-breaker and is a simple way to create a great uplifted mood for the rest of the class.”

Nearly everyone has been to a café, but a cycling class full of people dressed like they are about to compete can be pretty daunting for a beginner. So with good reason, Sam placed an espresso machine in the middle of his studio.

“It takes away the intimidation of that new class, new experience nervousness. A short black is the most uncomplicated form of coffee and it is a good way to invite a first-timer and get more personal with them. Everyone loves a chat over coffee.”

The Australian Institute of Sport established in 2004 that a serving of caffeine benefits endurance athletes and general performance over a range of different sports.

 A short black is not enough to cause a diuretic effect. The small amount actually energizes the body for physical activity. This is one of the reasons it’s the only thing on the menu.

“A short black is simple and basic which goes hand in hand with exercise, they are both natural.”

Sam, an ex-chef who took up cycling a decade ago, wanted to move away from the long hours and inconsistency in hospitality. It’s no wonder his studio has the social vibe of a café, not a place you dread going to.

 “I’m trying to create a relaxed atmosphere away from a high tech world, a place to chill out and do something for yourself.”

I was more buzzed than relaxed as I pedalled like a maniac yet the theme is certainly catching.

Spinning enthusiasts dropped by and put their name on the schedule for the next class. The list was full by the time I left and a couple of people from the class were organizing breakfast. After the sweating, it had become a place to hang out.

The spinning was tough and I’m still not sure 7:30 was the most fitting time. However, I certainly felt ready to conquer the world after all that adrenaline and caffeine.

The Spin Room

New Location: Upstairs,  407 Plenty Road, Preston

Price: $15 a class, $12 for Spin Boxing (shoulders beware, this is an energetic cross-cardio class)


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