Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Exercise Bike That'll Get You Fit in a 10-Minute Lunchtime Workout

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Exercise Bike That'll Get You Fit in a 10-Minute Lunchtime Workout

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Byline: Lizzie Edmonds

A RANGE of high-intensity exercise bikes aimed at people looking to get fit in their lunch hour has been unveiled and the makers say a 10-minute session is equivalent to a 45-minute run. Riders hop on a High Octane Ride bike and take part in the short sessions, which are customised for their height and weight.

The bike's on-board software, called the cardiovascular optimisation logic, or CAROL, tells users when to pedal slowly and when to sprint.

During the sprint sections, CAROL encourages riders to push themselves to the limit by pretending that a savage animal is chasing them.

Ratna Singh, 52, the founder of High Octane Ride, said the bikes were perfect for people who wanted to improve their fitness and lose weight on their break.

"This is the new power lunch," she said. "We have a number of bikes stationed in big firms with bankers and top execs getting on the bikes in their suits for 10 minutes, three times a week. It fits in with people's schedules."

Sessions include a three-minute warm-up followed by a 20-second sprint, then a three-minute recovery session, another 20-second sprint and finally a three-minute cool down.

It is suggested that users then have a 10-minute rest due to the level of intensity.

Three High Octane Ride bikes, which cost PS2,200 to buy, have been set up to try out at Harvey Nichols.

A session at the store in Knightsbridge costs PS12, with a package of six sessions costing PS50. The bikes will remain in store at least until the end of May. Ms Singh, a microbiologist and the founder of a healthcare consultancy brand, said: "It is a better form of exercise than regular cardio or aerobic exercise.

"It pushes the body and improves fitness our research indicates those who use it three times a week are 15 per cent fitter after four to six weeks. …

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