Coming soon: water bottle review. Which one suits Spinning®? Is there anything to beat the basic, squiggly cycling bottle?

Spinning® at Studio 9, Bourn. Note the free trial of Upbeat protein drink down there on the floor.
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Spinning® at Studio 9, Bourn. Note the free trial of Upbeat protein drink down there on the floor.

As it gets warmer, the need for hydration increases. Make sure that you drink all of the water you bring to a Spinning® class.

How wearable computing fits into Spinning®

The more interest you take in keeping fit, the more appetite you develop for measuring how you’re doing: weight, resting heart rate, calories burnt, blood pressure, and so on.

But most methods of collecting this information rely on you using a different gadget. They also interrupt your regime. And it’s difficult to collect all the data in the same place so you have a diary of your progress.

Wearable computing, although in its infancy, is a first step in enabling us to take a holistic, real time snapshot of our fitness and wellbeing.

At the moment, there are four key devices readily available in the shops.

Jawbone, Fitbit, Withings and Nike Fuel.

Nike Fuel is about to disappear, as Nike pull out of this sector, just like they did with heart rate monitors.

Reviews are everywhere. Here is my one-sentence guide to each of the three remaining contenders.

Jawbone is the best looking product which does the most and looks good outside the gym. It plugs into your iPhone or connects by Bluetooth, depending on the model.

Fitbit is cheaper, looks cheaper and needs taking apart and plugging into your computer of phone to upload your data.

Withings uses a belt clip during the day and a wristband by night. It looks good compared with the Fitbit but the Jawbone is the most elegant of the three.

Jawbone is the one I use and recommend to you.

Protein - no tight budgie smugglers required.
Protein is not a new arrival at the gym. Go and peep into the free weights area, in particular, and you’ll see protein shakes being consumed by body builders, just as they have been for years - usually, men.
Lately, though, things have begun to change. Pre-mixed protein drinks are now appearing in the chill cabinets of supermarkets and even corner shops.
So, why? Why do we non body builders need to consider drinking protein-enriched drinks. And, in particular, what relevance does protein have to Spinning®?
Well, firstly, everyone needs protein. Protein repairs and builds muscle and can be used as a source of energy. But our reserves of protein ebb and flow during the day depending on what we’ve been eating or drinking.
Naturally occurring sources of protein - such as chicken breasts and eggs - are difficult to eat between meals. So protein top-ups are a good option. 
Spinning® is a very intense form of exercise which sees us calling on our energy reserves - big time.
We need protein to supply our muscles for the class, protein to sustain us during the workout and protein overnight during the muscle repair that occurs during sleep.
Coming soon: a review of the protein products readily available, with best buys.
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Protein - no tight budgie smugglers required.

Protein is not a new arrival at the gym. Go and peep into the free weights area, in particular, and you’ll see protein shakes being consumed by body builders, just as they have been for years - usually, men.

Lately, though, things have begun to change. Pre-mixed protein drinks are now appearing in the chill cabinets of supermarkets and even corner shops.

So, why? Why do we non body builders need to consider drinking protein-enriched drinks. And, in particular, what relevance does protein have to Spinning®?

Well, firstly, everyone needs protein. Protein repairs and builds muscle and can be used as a source of energy. But our reserves of protein ebb and flow during the day depending on what we’ve been eating or drinking.

Naturally occurring sources of protein - such as chicken breasts and eggs - are difficult to eat between meals. So protein top-ups are a good option. 

Spinning® is a very intense form of exercise which sees us calling on our energy reserves - big time.

We need protein to supply our muscles for the class, protein to sustain us during the workout and protein overnight during the muscle repair that occurs during sleep.

Coming soon: a review of the protein products readily available, with best buys.

Hello and welcome, whether you’re a member of my classes or not. Spinning® is a wonderful group exercise enjoyed by millions worldwide and  practised by thousands of certified instructors worldwide. Other classes come and go but Spinning® has endured since the mid-eighties and remains one of the most popular group exercises. I’m pleased to be able to enjoy Spinning® with you.
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Hello and welcome, whether you’re a member of my classes or not. Spinning® is a wonderful group exercise enjoyed by millions worldwide and  practised by thousands of certified instructors worldwide. Other classes come and go but Spinning® has endured since the mid-eighties and remains one of the most popular group exercises. I’m pleased to be able to enjoy Spinning® with you.

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