Forget bikes – the latest piece of gym equipment sees the traditional gym cross-trainer being developed so it can go outside and travel on wheels. Hannah Fox (below) has a go at Freecross
The idea behind the Freecross is that it’s a blend between a cross-trainer and bicycle which strengthens your arms, shoulders, chest, abdominals, back and legs. So your arms are moving forwards and backwards and your legs are going up and down, and both movements power you forwards as if you’re on a bike. You steer by leaning to one side or the other, which also works the muscles in your back and stomach.
The Freecross bikes will be available from branches of the London-based Soho Gyms for you to use and they’ll be offering one-to-one training from a personal trainer so you know you have the right technique. If you’re not London-based, but are keen to get on a Freecross bike, you can also buy them for £1999 (inc VAT).
Setting out on my Freecross bike was a little daunting at first, but once you get the technique down you can whizz along a quite a good speed. The weather was fantastic so the trainers took me out and about around the arches of Waterloo station so I could practice turning corners, which is probably the trickiest part of using the Freecross.
After that, we decided to brave the Southbank and I felt rather like a celebrity as we cycled along as the bikes are really quite unusual and garnered lots of comments and stares. When we arrived in the forecourt of Tate Modern we were received a round of applause from a large group of school children and shrieks of “Those are well cool!” and “I want one!”
By the end of the session, I could feel that my legs, arms and shoulders had had a good workout, but I think more time practising would have meant I could have got more out of the twists and turns you do on the bike which work the abdominals. It certainly made a change from cycling outdoors, or pounding away on a cross-trainer in the gym.
For more information on the Freecross, visit www.sohogyms.com/freecross.