Technology changing the fitness game
Technology has made life easier and society arguably lazier, but one gym is using it to keep over-40s fit.
A first of its kind cycling studio in Auckland, VBike links bikes to a computer that measures and tracks a cyclist's fitness progress as they workout.
The joining initiation involves cycling consistently for an hour on the system to calculate the persons maximum exercise capability.
That number is then used to tailor an individuals workout. Software on the screen tells a cyclist to pedal at different percentages of that maximum.
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Part-owner of VBike, Jianni Koutsos, said the technique of pedalling fast for 20 per cent of an hour long workout and slow for the other 80 per cent prevented over-training and injuries that could easily happen in traditional gyms when people were not keeping track of their movements.
"I think gyms are really good for physiotherapists," Koutsos said.
"We are trying to convert all of our members to a different philosophy of training."
The average age of its members is 42.
Competition during group classes is stiff as the cyclists data is displayed alongside others when they train together.
For those that would prefer a distraction over competition, there is a two-hour-long class that plays a movie as you cycle.
Koutsos said tech-savvy gyms like his were the future of training as information became more accessible.
"You cannot change what you cannot measure. This is all measurable."
Knowing the numbers behind your workout and fitness progress was motivating, he said.
"As soon as you get off the bike you get a report of everything from calories used, average heart rate, average cadence, average speed."
But it did not come cheap.
The bike stands and software cost Koutsos and his business partner close to $1 million to set up.
Two years and many technology teething issues later, membership is up and their investment has almost paid off.