Vancouver fitness class: The Pursuit – Burn, cont’d
What to expect of your first class:
This 45-minute class is billed as “hardcore” on the Equinox website, and it’s no exaggeration (my Apple Watch says I burned close to 500 calories). But thanks to the motivating and immersive tech approach, it’s also incredibly fun.
When you start pedaling, you’re able to see your effort (represented as a spinning graphic wheel with an assigned number) on a giant screen at the front of the room. The faster you pedal, the faster your avatar-wheel spins; the more you crank up resistance, the brighter it appears.
Of course, this public display means that everyone in the room can see which “wheels” are working the hardest.
Sound terrifying? You can change the name assigned to your wheel so no one knows you by your nickname.
The interval-focused class consists of five immersive games—some you do as individual challenges, some in pairs and some as a team working toward a common goal. Completed challenges appear in the screen’s corner so you can mentally cross them off your list and take note of how many still remain.
While you can join the class with no obligation to hook up to tracker, I do recommend going tech! The data visualization helped me push harder and also illuminated how cadence (i.e., pedaling speed) and bike resistance affect one another and the ride.
Try also The Pursuit: Build, which uses the same tech but with different games for endurance.