If you follow me across my social media channels (twitter and Instagram) you would have seen me travel to Bilbao, Northern Spain last week with Bkool fitness. I’ve recently started working with them as part of their instructor team and I honestly couldn’t be more excited to have joined them!
Bkool are a global leader in the indoor cycle market and already offer cyclists a variety of innovative products such as turbo trainers, the revolutionary smart bike (the resistance automatically adjusts to your workout- no more gear turns!) in addition to a whole library of online cycle routes that provide riders with the opportunity to ride routes from all over the world from their own home/gym bike.
Bkool have recently moved into the home fitness market- and that’s where I come in! Along with my fellow instructors Laura, Oscar and Jamie we have all filmed 30 and 45 minutes cycle workouts that you can try out at a time that suits you. If you have a Bkool smart bike all you need to do is start riding- the power zones are pre-set and the bike will adjust itself automatically (this can be overridden manually if required) Alternatively, a heart rate monitor that can be connected with Bluetooth can also be used to assist with staying within the correct zones.
I have taught spin classes for several years now (I’ve written previously about how nervous I get before I teach) but despite my nerves, it’s something I really love to do. I love interacting with my riders and feeding off their energy- and that’s the first huge difference I found with teaching classes for Bkool as I only had cameras to interact with. It certainly took me a little while to get used to it and in the end I found myself pretending the crew were my riders and I was doing a normal class. It certainly helped that the studio lights meant I couldn’t see the crews faces….
The other (hugely appreciated) change was that rather than having to remember the whole class as I would usually have to- it was right there on the monitors in front of me. This inevitably meant a lot of prep before I went to Bilbao as I had to source, compile and edit music and then write and upload 12 full cycle classes which took a considerable amount of time- but was more than worth it. Often the nerves I feel are related to ensuring I can remember my class plan and it was such a nice change to have that pressure lifted.
The whole experience certainly took some adjustment. I haven’t ever been in a professional filming environment before and it took me a little while to relax and feel comfortable in the studio. Riding with a full face of makeup also felt odd and as I was sat on the bike underneath all the lights with three cameras pointing at me waiting for the countdown to start my first class, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to pull it together and deliver my class. However, somehow I did it and by the end of the first day I started to feel much more at ease and I could feel my class delivery improving dramatically.
I learnt so much during my first trip with Bkool, and I was hugely privileged to have the opportunity to work with Paco Gonzalez and Kim Forteza- two absolute giants of indoor cycling and I will absolutely be bringing everything I learnt back to my classes in London. I’m excited to continue my journey with Bkool, and looking forward to heading back shortly to create more content!
If you fancy trying out my workouts, check out Bkool.com and register for a 7-day trial. After the free trial, unlimited classes are just £7.99 per month. Let me know what you think!