Take your exercise bike to the pool with the new Aqua Cycling craze

Apparently it's a marriage between cycling and yoga - or maybe it's just a splashy mess

by Sarah Barth   August 25, 2013  

AQUA Studios, Tribeca

It's come from France, it's been to the States, and history dictates it won't be long till it's on these shores - but are you going to try Aqua Cycling? 

Already a craze in New York, it's nothing more than a spin class when you're up to your chest in water, but it's billed as having all sorts of health benefits not usually ascribed to cycling.

"Aqua cycling is a marriage between yoga and regular cycling," Esther Gauthier, who created New York's AQUA Studio after exporting the idea from France, told Business Insider.

"It's the intensity of cycling, but then there's something about the water that's so soothing and adds the relaxation of yoga."

 

Although enthusiasts say the downsides are the bike rocking about as you pedal, and not being able to hear the instructor over the splashing, they reckon it's great for people who usually find it hard to exercise, including the overweight, the pregnant and those who've suffered an injury.

Raynham Athletic Club in Massachusetts also offers the classes, with special rust-proof marine-grade stainless steel bikes.

“There’s less stress on the joints and back,” instructor Kerri Mathieu told the Taunton Gazette.

“Although you’re working really hard, just being in the water is very soothing,” she said.

 

 

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Sealed bearings I hope!

antonio

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posted by antonio [956 posts]
25th August 2013 - 8:21

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What a load of bo*****ks!

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posted by StuayEd [63 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:33

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I just need to check... its not August fools day or something is it?

posted by SideBurn [808 posts]
25th August 2013 - 11:58

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I'd drown on a recumbent.... Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8859 posts]
25th August 2013 - 12:33

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StuayEd wrote:
What a load of bo*****ks!

Plus 1 on that.

posted by CarbonBreaker [81 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:28

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We'll I've tried road diving...

@rich22222

posted by rich22222 [111 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:34

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tried down the beach the other day on my old MTB..nearly fracking drowned Surprise

lifes goal is not to arrive at the grave in a perfectly preserved body, but to skid in sideways yelling "yeah what a ride!"

posted by wheelsucker [44 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:52

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All that sweaty water.YUK !!!

Pete The Pump.

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posted by Petethepump [13 posts]
25th August 2013 - 17:53

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I think it looks like fun but nobody better pee in the pool!

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
26th August 2013 - 18:36

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Ridiculous. You don't need 'extra support' once you've been on a bike for a few hours a week because your core holds you up.

Boardman CX Team '14 | Cannondale CAAD8 '12 (written off, SMIDSY) | Scott Sportster '08

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posted by Gizmo_ [867 posts]
27th August 2013 - 14:18

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Where do you keep your drinks bottle Thinking

paulw

posted by wmpmw02 [23 posts]
28th August 2013 - 13:19

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[[[[ On a rainy day, you get all that on the road...
P.R.

PhilRuss

posted by PhilRuss [284 posts]
28th August 2013 - 23:40

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