Where the mind goes, the body will follow. That’s the philosophy behind THE TRIP, one of the latest cycling innovations from the team at Les Mills International.
The fully immersive experience combines a 40-minute multi-peak cycling workout with a journey through fantastic digitally-created worlds.
Inspired by cinema, live concert experiences and interactive gaming, THE TRIP helps increase motivation and the energy output of participants. In fact, research from Les Mills shows using technology to create an immersive fitness experience, like THE TRIP, increases satisfaction and also decreases the rate of perceived exertion for new exercisers.
Making it feel easier
Basically, exercisers find immersive cycling easier, even though it isn’t – great for club owners who want to get more people through the door – and we know unique experiences, especially in the cycle studio, are on an upward trend.
Not only is the technology and uniqueness a driving factor, but also research shows that if you’re new to exercise, immersive classes like THE TRIP can be an ideal environment in which to achieve your fitness goals, because you can reach a high heart rate zone to get fitter faster, without feeling the discomfort of the intensity.
“You have to engage with today’s gym members in an effective way,” says Wendy Coulson, CEO of Les Mills UK and Ireland. “When you combine purpose-built studios with immersive video, as we do with THE TRIP, the potential is limitless. The experience is everything.”
Focus on cycling
THE TRIP is part of Les Mills’ expanded cycle programme, which offers both instructor-led, live formats and virtual class formats. It includes the full suite of LES MILLS cycling classes – THE TRIP, RPM and LES MILLS SPRINT.
This cycling suite offers something for everyone:
RPM is a traditional low-impact cycling class where participants ride flats, climbs and downhills, getting a solid cardio and leg workout.
LES MILLS SPRINT is a 30-minute workout on a bike, which builds on the science of HIIT and is designed to enable participants to get fitter and leaner faster.
All three bike workouts are also available as virtual classes – a great offering for new members, as many like to start group training this way, so they get a feel for it before heading to a live class.
Virtual is also a great solution to help clubs maximise cycling studio space during off-peak times.
While the experience of an immersive cycling programme is best when coupled with cutting edge audio and video technology, THE TRIP is also available with alternative studio equipment to suit all budgets and locations.
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