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Class is pumped up and spinning

SPIN CYCLE: Matt George’s spin class gathers pace to the soaring sound of a live guitar.
SPIN CYCLE: Matt George’s spin class gathers pace to the soaring sound of a live guitar.

AT THE Summit Sports and Fitness Centre, we walked past rooms where women with weights in each hand were bending and stretching. Past the swimming pool where tiny tots were flailing and floating close to their instructor. Past a softly furnished space where mums and babies were playing on the floor. Along a corridor, and the music was getting louder. And louder.

In a room with no windows, the neon colours on the wall blazed under spotlights. The music - a bass and drums backing track with the wailing of a live guitar - was bouncing off the walls at a volume only just within my limits of bearable.

My guide pointed - speaking would have been useless - to a staircase leading to a viewing balcony. From above, we could see the room where a couple of dozen people on stationary bicycles were pedalling furiously to the music. Matt George's voice came over, urging the class on, calling out when they were to change gears for "uphill" work, or slow down for a drink of water.

It occurred to me that all the participants looked to be in pretty good shape.

The Psycho-Ling Spin class was being held to celebrate Summit's 10th birthday. This week's was the last in a series featuring guitarist Anthony Blazeley, but Summit's Matt George said: "The music's always pumping. We believe exercise should be fun."

Next year, Summit plans to open a facility in downtown Lismore.


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