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Spin studio in a bus lets you work out on the way to work

Spin studio in a bus lets you ...
Classes will be held during the journeys that combine high intensity interval training with with upper body weight training
Classes will be held during the journeys that combine high intensity interval training with with upper body weight training
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Classes will be held during the journeys that combine high intensity interval training with with upper body weight training
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Classes will be held during the journeys that combine high intensity interval training with with upper body weight training
Bus passengers will be able to exercise during their commute
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Bus passengers will be able to exercise during their commute
WMOR says that it is looking at the possibility of using bikes that can generate electricity and power some element of the buses
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WMOR says that it is looking at the possibility of using bikes that can generate electricity and power some element of the buses
Each bus will be fitted with ten spin bikes
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Each bus will be fitted with ten spin bikes
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Once you've dragged yourself to work and back, it can be difficult to find the time or motivation to go to the gym. London-based gym 1Rebel has come up with a solution in the form of a fleet of buses converted into mobile spinning studios. Passengers will be able to exercise during their commute.

The buses have been designed by WMOR architects, over the course of several months. The firm tells Gizmag that 1Rebel already had a pretty clear idea of what it wanted, though.

Gyms installed in buses are not exactly new, of course, but typically they are just used to provide access to work-out equipment at certain locations and are stationary when the equipment is in use. In addition, the "Ride2Rebel" buses forgo a varied set of machines in favour of just spin bikes, keeping things simple.

Four popular commuter routes across the city have been chosen, with pick-up and drop-off points in Angel, Clapham, Stratford and Kensington, which are in north, south, east and west London, respectively. In the mornings, the routes will finish at the 1Rebel gym in the St Mary Axe are of London's financial district, the City. There, passengers will be able to have a shower and change, before continuing on their way to work.

Bus passengers will be able to exercise during their commute
Bus passengers will be able to exercise during their commute

Each bus will be fitted with ten spin bikes and classes will be held during the journeys that combine high intensity interval training (HIIT) with upper body weights. Proposed live ride classes would also have musicians performing. WMOR says that it is looking at the possibility of using bikes that can generate electricity and power some element of the buses.

1Rebel is talking about its idea as the "gym of the future," although it would really just be a means for busy city types to utilize their commutes for exercise without having to cycle on London's busy streets. WMOR says it is still determining the safety requirements for the bus and is looking at potential ways to secure passengers while they are the bikes.

Discussions with a number of companies about leasing buses are said to be ongoing. 1Rebel is gauging public interest by way of online sign-ups and says the number of buses it leases will be decided accordingly.

1Rebel plans to launch Ride2Rebel later this year. Classes will last for 45 minutes and will cost from £12 - £15 (about US$18 - $22).

Sources: 1Rebel, WMOR

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7 comments
Ferraro_Robots
Wow...I guess I'll be the one to point this out. Why not just ride your bike to work!?
VincentWolf
Why not have them peddle for the power to the bus wheels and get a discount ticket for the effort!
f8lee
Sooo.... this works only for people whose offices are located within walking distance of the final stopping point (the gym) so they can shower before going in to work?
Tanstar
On your way home? Sure. On your way to work? Please, no. We don't want to smell you.
habakak
A great idea. In big cities like London there will be more than enough people to accommodate a service like this. A 45-60 minute drive on a bus is way too far for most people to ride a bike to work. It could translate into a 3 hour bike ride. Also, this can be done rain or shine, hot or cold.
Unless this can grow and become relatively big (say 500 to 1000 buses like this for a city like London), it will die out in a few years. Because right now it seems like a fad. But I believe in big cities there are enough people doing long commutes who would like to use their time more productively.
DavidRiley
So these commuters will enjoy the health benefits of riding a bicycle to work, while never worrying about rain or traffic. Or the health of their neighbors. Brilliant. Meanwhile, their health benefit will result in spewing into the air of a densely populated urban area 5 times the diesel or petrol exhaust carbon per commuter compared to a bus carrying 50 passengers. Only if the bus is electric should this idea be put into practice in London.
MarcStizzy
I'd love to see this get torn to shreds on Shark Tank