She’s got Notties in a spin

A spinning class at The Studio, at The Junction centre in Nottingham Road. Picture by Graham Edmunds.
By Nerissa Card

When it comes to exercise, fair weather would be a good way to describe my endeavours. I have dabbled in gym, until my appendix burst; running, until I fell into a manhole and twisted my ankle; walking, until the Midlands winter struck … the list goes on and on. I am also lazy, enjoy a drink and a drag.

Oh, I did try pole dancing once. Loved it, but sadly my shifts at work changed, so I had to shove my “sexy” alter ego back into the closet. I really like her. Her name is JoJo (you know, like the tank).

Get off my butt

A few months short of 52, I recently figured that I need to get off my butt and start taking care of my health. But what to do?

As if the gods were talking to me, I heard about a new spinning studio in Nottingham Road. So I dragged my dusty gym shoes out of the back of the cupboard, donned some attire JoJo would not be proud of and dragged myself to a class.

I didn’t have to – The Studio at The Junction is a fab spot, light, bright and airy, the latter somewhat necessary at my age, and with an owner-instructor who might just top JoJo in the hot stakes.

Lisa Schravesande takes the wheel as she leads a spinning class. All pictures by Graham Edmunds

She is the lovely Lisa Schravesande and, unlike at most exercise venues I have frequented, she does not leave you to your own devices to try to figure out how everything works. Lisa helps you set up your bike, explains everything you need to know about the correct posture and is at pains to make you feel at ease.

Whether you are a beginner or a professional cyclist, she mixes it up to awesome beats that make unfit tanks feel like they can take on the Tour de France… and win.

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Lisa instructs her classes in detail and encourages her charges at every turn of the wheel. And if that’s not enough inspiration for you, there are motivational quotes dotted around the walls to help you keep your momentum up and achieve your goal.

No pain, no gain… and the pain always seems a lot easier when you’re having fun.

A bit wobbly but feeling like a million bucks

I was a bit wobbly at first, but after half an hour I got into the swing of things. By the end of the class JoJo was back, feeling like a million bucks after all those years in the closet. She misses pole dancing, but she is a tad long in the tooth now, so a couple of spinning classes a week at The Studio are going to be just the ticket to keep her in shape.

After all, she has to keep up with Lisa. Can’t have some hot young thing stealing her limelight.

Info: Contact Lisa on 079 054 7624 for times and bookings, which are essential. Classes cost R60 or you can save R100 by buying a voucher for 10.

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