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Work out DURING your commute? A London gym is launching spin classes on a bus for busy commuters

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City commuters tend to fall into one of two main camps: those who use their work journeys to multitask, hanging off a handrail while composing emails and catching up on the headlines, and those who keep their eyes shut, silently grieving sleep and working out to the minute the next time they'll be able to give in to the sweet embrace of bed.

The former are probably the ones who get up early for a workout, sacrificing snooze time in order to wring the most from their day. And soon they’ll be able combine their commute with fitness by spinning their way to work. On a bus. No, really.

Gym company 1Rebel plans to launch Ride2Rebel later this year with several routes across London, kitting buses out with bikes, mirrors, tinted windows, pumping music and nightclub-grade lighting, as well as occasional live performances from musicians and MCs.

All routes will end at one of their gyms so customers can use their facilities before work and avoid that one office shower nobody ever uses because it's weird.

Initially, it does sound a little odd to be cycling a static bike on a moving bus rather than just, well, cycling to work, but as anyone who's ever done a spin class and lived to tell the tale can attest, spinning is most definitely not just cycling. Unless when you cycle through London you are also waving around heavy weights while climbing a never-ending hill and crying on the inside.

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Some of the potential routes ending up at the gym's City location

James Balfour and Giles Dean, 1Rebel’s co-founders, have spent the last six months perfecting the proposition and believe it’s the fitness solution time-poor Londoners have been crying out for, especially given the popularity of their most over-subscribed class, RIDE.

Balfour tells Stylist.co.uk: “Time is precious in London. Factoring in time to commute to work and go to the gym is often too difficult for many people.

“Some people chose to exercise by cycling to work but are faced with British weather, and being responsible for their bike either end. The important thing to note is that cycling to work is not a high-intensity interval workout in the HIIT (high-intensity interval training) format.

“It is an absolute no brainer for us that we can create more efficiency in people’s routines by transforming their commute. For those who want the components of a class, but perhaps don’t have the time to commit during the day, this provides a great solution for them to maximise time they would otherwise be spending just travelling to work.”

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Well, you probably get sweaty on your commute anyway

1Rebel’s HIIT workout is usually 45 minutes and includes working with upper body weights, and beginners are welcome. We’re told classes will probably cost £12–15 depending on packages bought (though of course, you won’t be paying your usual tube fare if the route coincides with your journey), though we're not clear on what happens should there be a huge traffic jam. Hopefully someone will be made available to roll you into work after three hours of solid spinning...

Those interested can sign up at ride2rebel.london to be first in line for classes slated to start after summer.

Images: 1Rebel

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