Riding a bike in a swimming pool: new fitness craze comes to city
LEISURE centres in Nottingham are set to be among the first in the country to get underwater bikes.
The Hydrobikes are used for spinning classes in the pool.
It is believed that Nottingham City Council will be the first local authority to put the bikes in its leisure centres, though some private gyms already have them.
There are none anywhere in Nottingham.
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The council plans to spend £16,150 on 17 of the bikes to encourage people to use its centres.
The first classes are expected to be held at Clifton Leisure Centre in the new year but the bikes will be moved between leisure centres to allow as many people as possible to try them out.
Hydrobikes, made by a company called Hydro Fitness Solutions, are said to reduce pressure on joints and lower the risk of injury.
Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and tourism at the city council, said: "Spinning in gyms is becoming a really popular way of keeping fit and healthy.
"You've got the music, you've got the encouragement to move along quickly and this is a new type that we think will be very popular.
"It will be a similar scheme to the normal spin, with the lights flashing, music going."
He said that council leisure centres had to compete with private gyms across the city.
"We have a fund and we invest in our equipment, so it's not just getting it in but reinvesting in it, moving with the times and offering a wide choice and good value."
A Hydrospin class is similar to indoor studio cycling but is designed to be a total body workout, targeting muscle groups from both the upper and lower parts of the body while improving cardiovascular performance.
The council said the classes would help with weight loss, increase body strength and endurance and improve cardiovascular fitness.
A spokesman added: "The cooling effect of water also reduces the discomfort of sweating while reducing pressure on the heart. The buoyancy of the water gives support around the joints, which makes Hydrospin a fantastic low-risk, highly intensive exercise.
"This means that it can be enjoyed and accessed by everyone, no matter what fitness level."
The decision to buy the bikes has been authorised by Mr Trimble but it will not be given final approval until tomorrow.