The world of exercise is nothing if not inventive. Not a year goes by without a new craze hitting our gyms. While this can be overwhelming, we think it’s good to embrace new trends. You might find something you love doing that will put new energy into your exercise routine and, at the very least, trying all those new things will mean you’re never bored!

Aqua Cycling swept in from Europe last year and is gaining traction in UK gyms. The first aqua-fit gym opened in Fulham last year and magazines are raving about the new trend.

So what is aqua cycling?

It’s basically spinning, but the entire lower half of your body is underwater. Water has up to 12x the resistance of air, so really increases how hard you work. It’s low impact, but high resistance.

What are the benefits?

If you’re looking for a big calorie burn, give this a try. You can burn up to 300 calories in just 3o minutes because of that extra resistance. But your body is also supported as well as challenged by the water.

What is aqua cycling recommended for?

Aqua cycling tackles the same areas of the body as a spinning class – your waist, thighs, buttocks, calves and tummy. You are able to see results fairly quickly, so it’s a great motivation booster if you struggle to stick with your routine.

Some teachers have claimed that entry level aqua cycling is ideal for people getting back into exercise after an injury, because the water supports the body. However, we recommend having a chat with one of our practitioners before trying this, to be sure that is right for you and won’t aggravate your injury.

Have you tried aqua cycling or another new fitness trend? We’d love to hear from you, so drop us an email at: info@theforgeclinic.com