Last Sunday, I saw an ad on my newsfeed for a free spinning class by a place called Fitzone. I was intrigued and thought, I’ve never tried spinning before and this looks like a new ladies’ gym so why not hit two birds with one stone and have my #somethingnew later that night? I immediately searched for the details on how to book a slot (since I’m finding out about this at short notice) and luckily, the contact person told me that one of the attendees cancelled and she could accommodate me for tonight’s free class.
I arrived at Fitzone, which turns out to be an annex of an existing building along Takhassusi St. called “The Learning Zone” (you can use that name to search for it on Google Maps). It’s on the second floor of the children’s learning and day care area and the receptionist on the ground floor just told me to take the elevator to find Fitzone.
I arrived 2 minutes before 7:00 pm and the class was about to start soon. I had to fill up a quick waiver form for one-day classes and take my locker “keys” and other gadgets that I had to affix on myself before starting the spinning class.
Now take note, this is my first time ever to attend a spinning class. I’ve heard “horror” stories about it where people literally feel like they died while doing this exercise but still came back for more. When I heard these comments before, I always thought, “It’s a stationary bike. How hard can it be?” By then, I could imagine the spirits of the spinning masters of the universe grinning at my ignorance.
I quickly changed at the locker rooms and the gym’s color scheme of yellow green and purple became more evident to me. The decor had floral arrangements, motivational quotes and hints of feminine art.
Time to spin!
When I entered the spinning room, it looked like a scene from a night club. The lights were off and a disco ball was the only source of light. I had to navigate my way to a spinning bike amidst the loud music blaring from the speakers, stirring up everyone’s energy.
The instructor was Ms. Reem, a tall and slender lady (I’m assuming she was a Saudi) who seems to be impassioned by her work as I observed her interaction with us all throughout the class. She was also considerate enough to speak in English during the entire class even though even most of the class’ attendees were Arabs.
And so my slow death began………I’m kidding!
The spinning class was on full swing after our warm up. Ms. Reem had a series of songs lined up that perfectly matched the levels and intensity of every segment. We worked on our bikes at different resistance levels and it was a full body workout. Ten minutes in and I was already sweating like roasted chicken. Thirty minutes later, my friend could see me shaking in my bike as I was trying to keep up. It was tough, but I didn’t want to give up. Deep inside though, I was cursing all the burgers and sushi for making me want to eat them. Haha!
Alas, at the 50-minute mark, the class went to cool down mode and I was short of breath and close to collapsing. When Ms. Reem told us that we could step off our bikes, I wasn’t sure I still had legs to stand on. But I did, still. And I wobbled my way back to the locker room, literally dripping with sweat from the root to the tips of my hair. Water, please! To be fair though, I felt like my body would thank me later. 😉
I relaxed a bit and changed back to my normal clothes and decided to look around the gym. I learned that they had just opened two weeks ago and are offering the following classes and packages for us to choose from.
As you can see, they offer a variety of classes (not just Spinning). Most of them are highly active like Zumba, Ugi, Fitball and Step. They also have Pilates and Yoga and I saw some young ladies doing some ballet in one of the rooms but that must be something for the kids, I think.
Here’s a preview of the rest of the gym’s facilities:
The gym was spacious enough and it looked like they had all the latest gym equipment available. There were already several ladies who were busy in the gym on their own so I suppose that in just two weeks’ time since their opening, Fitzone has managed to gather some clients already. The staff were congenial and accommodating and the vibe inside was not stern at all. Location-wise, it can be a matter of preference as there are a lot of fitness centers around already but if you’re up for something new, then check out Fitzone. They happen to offer a free Zumba class on February 16 (Tuesday) so contact them asap and book to join! Their contact details can be found below. Who knows, you just might find your reason to commit and be fit at Fitzone.
(Enter “The Learning Zone” on Google Maps)
Takhasussi Rd, Al Nakheel District, Riyadh
To book a slot, contact:
T: 0500250733 or 011-4703431