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Aqua Bike 18th October 2011

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You’ve almost certainly heard of fashionable ladies talking about Aquabike, a hybrid word to describe biking in (and not on) water. So what is it?

Who is aquabiking for?

The less sporty (like me) freak out from the start: bikes are for when you are ten years old on holiday or a tour on a Vélib on a summer Sunday. Have you tried walking in water? Runniing? Awful. Well what about pedaling? Forget it!

When I arrive (at Popincourt House, in Paris’ 11th district in this case), I notice the atmosphere of a small spa pool, clean with 6-7 bikes and garden view. Against a background of selection of cool electronic music the coach arrives … A good looking lifeguard, muscular but attentive. We jumped on our bikes each, and start pedaling to the latest Kitsuné compilation. I imagined that it would be for overweight, elderly women, with their Arena swimsuits and bathing caps, but around me I see firm bodies in bikinis, hair in a bun, who come here to enjoy a fashionable sport between a couple of meetings.

What is it good for?

Aquabiking promises to be full workout: good for the heart as well as the legs, it combines the benefits of cycling and those of a draining massage. It reinforces the cardiovascular system but also the back muscles, abdomen, legs and buttocks. Not bad. Water also has a very positive action on the skin, tissues and muscles: it’s perfect against cellulite and orange peel.

How does it work?
Our cadence or pedalling rate is set at levels 1-5. You start slowly, a gentle ride but then we alternate with bursts from 1 up to 5 according to the coach. It kills you, but it’s worth. Water offers more resistance but at the same time massages the muscles so seems less tiring. Breathless, we ask for some special exercise to work out localized muscle groups: strengthening the inner arms, thighs … it is really a sport for the girls. The coach tells us the best movements: rotating around the saddle, twists etc Getting out of the pool: I feel light and pleasantly tired, the aquabike offers a good alternative to jogging or swimming.

Bethsabée Krivoshey

Addresses

  • Aquabike Centre, 6 Villa Saint Charles, 15 PARIS, Tel: 01 45 77 26 53 1 course: € 30 Course / 12 courses : 300 €
  • Maison Popincourt, 75011 Paris Tel. 01 43 38 96 84 / 30 € per session 45 minutes / 250 € for 10 sessions of 45 minutes

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Vel’eau

You’ve almost certainly heard of fashionable ladies talking about Aquabike, a hybrid word to describe biking in (and not on) water. So what is it?

Who is aquabiking for?

The less sporty (like me) freak out from the start: bikes are for when you are ten years old on holiday or a tour on a Vélib on a summer Sunday. Have you tried walking in water? Runniing? Awful. Well what about pedaling? Forget it!

When I arrive (at Popincourt House, in Paris’ 11th district in this case), I notice the atmosphere of a small spa pool, clean with 6-7 bikes and garden view. Against a background of selection of cool electronic music the coach arrives … A good looking lifeguard, muscular but attentive. We jumped on our bikes each, and start pedaling to the latest Kitsuné compilation. I imagined that it would be for overweight, elderly women, with their Arena swimsuits and bathing caps, but around me I see firm bodies in bikinis, hair in a bun, who come here to enjoy a fashionable sport between a couple of meetings.

What is it good for?

Aquabiking promises to be full workout: good for the heart as well as the legs, it combines the benefits of cycling and those of a draining massage. It reinforces the cardiovascular system but also the back muscles, abdomen, legs and buttocks. Not bad. Water also has a very positive action on the skin, tissues and muscles: it’s perfect against cellulite and orange peel.

How does it work?
Our cadence or pedalling rate is set at levels 1-5. You start slowly, a gentle ride but then we alternate with bursts from 1 up to 5 according to the coach. It kills you, but it’s worth. Water offers more resistance but at the same time massages the muscles so seems less tiring. Breathless, we ask for some special exercise to work out localized muscle groups: strengthening the inner arms, thighs … it is really a sport for the girls. The coach tells us the best movements: rotating around the saddle, twists etc Getting out of the pool: I feel light and pleasantly tired, the aquabike offers a good alternative to jogging or swimming.

Bethsabée Krivoshey

Addresses

  • Aquabike Centre, 6 Villa Saint Charles, 15 PARIS, Tel: 01 45 77 26 53 1 course: € 30 Course / 12 courses : 300 €
  • Maison Popincourt, 75011 Paris Tel. 01 43 38 96 84 / 30 € per session 45 minutes / 250 € for 10 sessions of 45 minutes

Category: Fitness

Image URL: http://bikechicks.net/2011/10/18/aqua-bike/

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