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The rise and rise of Spinning

The rise and rise of Spinning
December 31, 2013

"It's hard to recall a time when riding a bike indoors with 20 of your not so close friends was unknown," recalls Blue Fitness Spinning Master Instructor Natashia Iacovelli.

Explaining the ever growing popularity of Spinning®, Iacovelli states "back in the early 1990s there was no such thing as indoor cycling and most gyms offered little more than circuit and aerobics as group exercise."

20 years on and thanks to the innovation of South African born ultra-endurance cyclist Johnny Goldberg the fitness phenomenon of indoor cycling is firmly established.

Iacovelli (pictured below) explains "Johnny G's vision was to create a program that was based on road cycling, exercise science and a mind body connection in a mainstream, non-intimidating environment. Regardless of age, gender, size or fitness ability anybody could do a SPINNING class and 'find their champion within'.

"Partnering up with his ride buddy John Baudhuin, together they created Mad Dogg Athletics (MDA) Inc the company that continues to keep Johnny's dream alive in over 80 countries across the globe.

"Unfortunately those who mistakenly have slotted in generic terminology like 'spin' can dilute the understanding of the real SPINNING experience. People using the word 'spin' referring to the style of exercise regardless of the class style, format or education of the instructors. The fitness genre is indoor cycling and there are many other programs each having their own philosophies.

"For those unaware, SPINNING is in fact a brand name that equates to a very specialized product and program and all indoor cycling is definitely not all the same.

"Just as a Zumba® class with a trained instructor is not the same as you are you're 'besties' dancing around your living room to Latino music.

"When you go to a SPINNING class you are in effect experiencing twenty years of education through instructors that are trained and up-skilled professionally with comprehensive courses offered face-to-face or online.

"When you go to a SPINNING class you get a ride that will be based on real cycling movements adapted from outside riding to the indoors.

"A Spinning class will challenge and develop you both physically and mentally in a safe, effective and fun way through the application of exercise science, road cycling and sports psychology. After two decades this formula continues to keep people coming back for more because of the indisputable life changing results.

"As the representative of MDA for Australia and New Zealand, Blue Fitness is very passionate about protecting the brand name, our facilities and instructors who are SPINNING authorised. We also want to ensure there is no confusion when a savvy fitness enthusiast wants SPINNING, then we want to make sure that's exactly what you get."

For more information on delivering the original indoor cycling program and becoming an authorised SPINNING facility or becoming a SPINNING instructor contact Natashia Iacovelli, Spinning® Master Instructor at Blue Fitness at

Spinning® products are distributed by Blue Fitness in New Zealand and Summit Fitness in Australia.

Click here to contact Blue Fitness via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.

Click here to contact Summit Fitness via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.

Article amended 15th July 2015.


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