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We try…. RIDE at Digme Fitness

We try…. RIDE at Digme Fitness

As part of the PHA 30/30 challenge, I decided to check out the renowned RIDE class at Digme Fitness in Moorgate. It is described on the website as ‘45 minutes of the best indoor cycling imaginable’ – understandably my expectations were high.

Conveniently located just a couple of minutes from Moorgate tube station, I arrived at the studio with plenty of time to collect my cycling shoes and get myself set up on the bike.

The spin studio itself is amazing and the Keiser M3i bikes are the most stylish and modern that I have ever seen in a spin class.

Each of the bikes has a small screen that lets you know your watts, RPM and heart rate throughout the duration of the ride. The gears are also displayed on the screen and are adjusted using a lever that you pull up and down, rather than the traditional handle. This makes it easy to know which gear you are sitting in and how hard you are working.

The bikes are connected to two large flat screen TVs at the front of the studio, which show each member of the class racing virtually through different mountainous landscapes.  All the bikes are assigned a specific number that corresponds to a virtual cyclist on the screen and this means you can follow your bike as it cycles along. You know exactly how well you are doing compared to the others in the class… zero slacking allowed!

At first, I was slightly nervous about the two large screens in front of me and the data popping up on the screen as I started to pedal. However, during the warm-up any apprehension, I had quickly disappeared as our instructor, Chloe, talked us through what all the data meant and what we should be aiming for throughout the ride.

When we were ready to go, Chloe led the class through 40 minutes of brutal hill climbs and sprint training, all set to a series of motivational tracks and flashing lights. We finished the gruelling 40-minute session with a tough 3-minute challenge which involved each member of the class trying to cycle as far as they could within the time limit. It’s safe to say that I was exhausted and dripping with sweat.

Immediately after the session, I was surprised to check my emails to find a full summary of my ride sitting in my inbox – calories burned, average watts, RPM and heart rate. It’s a great way to help track the progress you are making as the weeks and months go by.

The RIDE class is perfect for those with a competitive streak. Personally, I loved being able to see where you are ranked against everyone else in the class – it was great motivation, especially when you felt like you had nothing left to give!

Live update from UFC Abu Dhabi Fight Week

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This week saw the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) return to Abu Dhabi for the first time since 2010. On Sunday, The UFC team gathered from all corners of the earth and headed to the Middle East as the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation put on a show in the desert.

This event is unique for many reasons, it’s the only venue in the world where the fights take place in an open-air arena, and where the arena itself is completely constructed from scratch for the UFC and torn down again the next day. Somewhat extravagant some might say but again a unique element of shows in this region.

The week kicked off as usual with a day of media, this time for the guest fighters in Dubai. It was key for the team over here to target both the media in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and it seems they would be reluctant to travel to either city. The team got some great hits throughout the week with print such as The National, TV such as Dubai One and various online outlets.

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Much of this week has involved changes to the schedules which I’m learning is part of the culture in the Middle East, everything is done last minute which can be frustrating for us at PHA and the fighters, giving me a new challenge to face and forcing us to become flexible and as adaptable as possible. Thankfully we are working with some very good-natured athletes who have made everything very easy for us.

The open workout and weigh in both took place at the Corniche which is a promenade alongside the beach. It sounds idyllic but working in the heat isn’t that ideal, especially with fighters who are cutting weight. We learnt from the weigh-in that the Abu Dhabi public are reluctant to come out to events within working hours, as were their media. As a result, we had to flip the running order for the weigh-ins to ensure we gathered a bigger crowd. This worked and we had a great crowd for the weigh-in, including some perplexed sunbathers who just came over to see what was going on!

On the day of the event today, the team are in high spirits (despite running around in 35-degree heat trying to sort media seating) and I’m looking forward to my first outdoors event. Stay tuned for the results!