Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Assistance for your fitness from modern technology

How did we survive before Velcro was invented?

I have my spin bike in my studio, and when I do a spin workout, it's more often than not a Spinervals DVD. I don't have a TV in the room, but luckily the Macbook and 19-inch monitor on my desk do a more than adequate job.

So before I start, I wheel the bike to the perfect spot - under the air con vent and within easy viewing distance of the screen. The only problem is, I then have nowhere nearby to put "stuff" I may need during my workout. My towel, I can fling over the handlebars, and I have a cage for my water bottle. But there's nowhere to put the remote...

If I'm doing an aerobic workout, like today's, I'll usually pull out Aerobase Builder V, which has a variety of sets of different lengths and different styles to choose from. To avoid boredom, I like to mix them up. I also usually need to fit my workout into a specific timeframe, so I choose sets that add up to however many minutes I want to complete. The last thing I want to be doing is getting on and off the bike to muck around with set selection.

I give you my solution....

The Velcro dot!


I stuck one of these little beauties on the side of my bike, and its mate on the back of my Apple remote and voila! Remote control within reach at all times.  :)


I was able to pedal through the warm-up, two sets and a cool down without having to stop to walk over to the computer and completed 46 minutes, which was exactly within my 40-50 minute target.

Of course it didn't solve the issue of having to get off the bike to close the damn sliding door because a sudden rain squall decided to blow in hard from the west....

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5 comments:

dietschmiet said...

Ingenious! When I hired an exercise bike (late last year) I had it set up in my lounge room so I could watch TV (mostly "Escape to the Country" for some reason). But I used to have to drag a stool next to me to rest the remote control on!

PS. It wasn't one of those scary spin bikes which freak me out, but the older style exercise bike.

Kek said...

Ooh, I don't mind the odd session in front of the TV. I used to spin my way through an episode of Buffy on DVD...

Unfortunately, the Macbook volume just doesn't go loud enough to hear the dialogue over the hum of the flywheel bearings. I may have to investigate some speakers...

Charlotte Orr said...

Hi Kek, what sort of spin bike do you have, and would you recommend it? Thanks, Charlotte

Kek said...

Hi Charlotte, it's a Repco - I bought it over four years ago and it's been great. It's not the fanciest model around, in fact it's pretty basic, but it does the job. At the time I bought it, it was the cheapest one around. It does have an electronic display which shows time and distance etc, but it lacks a cadence display, which is a little annoying. I just have to use the kmh as a gauge instead.

Apart from that, the only other thing I dislike about it is that the bearings in the flywheel are a little noisy - but most bikes with the same design are the same.

I lust after the shiny bikes at my gym with their silent action and multi-function display panels, but since mine works perfectly well, I don't think I'll be upgrading for a while.

This site has quite a few different spin bikes to compare. Mine's there - about the fourth one on the list:
http://www.shopwiki.com.au/Repco-Spin-Exercise-Bike

Charlotte Orr said...

Thanks Kek!

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