Cyclists get fit via virtual workouts

Cyclists get fit via virtual workouts

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, OCBC Cycle has been gearing up with home-based virtual workouts for the first time to help cyclists be physically ready for the Nov 1-15 free virtual event.

In conjunction with hydration partners 100Plus, OCBC Cycle has been engaging barre and spin instructor Tiong Jia En for eight home-based virtual workout sessions.

A 100Plus spokesman said: “The eight-week virtual workout series by 100Plus were specially designed to train participants for a stronger, smoother ride with OCBC Cycle.

“They include a combination of abs, legs and power to level up your spin game – all done safely and comfortably at home.”

The final two one-hour sessions – hosted on the 100Plus Facebook page – will be held tomorrow and Oct 25 from 11am to 12pm.

The penultimate session will focus on stretches. The last one will be a culmination of the previous sessions: abs, legs and power workouts, before ending off with some stretching.

Lim Zhuo En, a 37-year-old marketing executive, enjoyed all of the four sessions she has joined.

She said: “They can be quite challenging. The good thing about a virtual home workout is you can choose to take it easy if you need to.

“I managed to power through with Jia En’s encouragement and I was totally exhausted after each workout… Her classes are really fun, engaging and challenging.

“The sore muscles the following day after each workout is a reminder that I’m getting stronger!”

Lim considers herself a fairly active and fit individual, but admitted that cycling is not something she does on a regular basis.

OCBC Cycle has engaged barre and spin instructor Tiong Jia En for a series of home-based virtual workout sessions to prepare participants for the Nov 1-15 virtual event. PHOTO COURTESY OF 100PLUS

AT YOUR OWN PACE

The good thing about a virtual home workout is you can choose to take it easy if you need to.

LIM ZHUO EN, marketing executive.

As such, the virtual workouts were helpful in her preparations.

“Knowing there is a specialised training programme to prepare us is a great confidence booster that I should be able to conquer my 42km Sportive Ride,” she added.

All 4,700 slots across three categories – the Sportive VR (42km), The Straits Times Ride VR (23km), and The Mighty Savers Kids VR (5km and 800m) – were snapped up in September, a month before organisers planned to close registration.

David Lee