Having established themselves as a leading indoor cycling studio in Hong Kong, Torq Cycle has recently undergone a new and exciting transformation. Torq now incorporates spinning and functional training into their programmes in order to challenge their clients and enable them to achieve more out of their workouts. We speak to owners Margaret and June about what to expect at their new studio!
What inspired you to open Torq Cycle and how is it evolved into Torq today?
M: We noticed that there weren’t any boutique studios which offered high quality service and online booking. Coming from the US, Hong Kong seemed to be a bit behind on studios with professional trainers and premium customer support service, so I decided to open Torq Cycle which incorporated these ideals into it!
How do you differ from your competitors?
M: A lot of our competitors focus their whole workout on the bike, for example doing push ups and other various upper body exercises on the bike. However our trainers do not believe in this since doing upper body work on a bike would not be as efficient when aiming to build lean muscle mass. We therefore incorporated upper body work off the bike into the workouts. Our members generally love this idea, and this is what distinguishes us.
We noticed you have upgraded your bikes to Stages Cycling SC Series bikes. Can you tell us a bit more about this and how it differs from the Schwinn bikes?
M: The Stages Cycling SC series bikes are the most premium bikes on the market; much better than our previous Schwinn bikes. Many of our clients who are professional cyclists are very excited about this since it allows them to practice indoor. They are also much easier to set up!
What new exciting classes will you be adding?
M: We have added two great classes to the schedule: TorqSwitch and TorqRelease!
TorqSwitch incorporates 25 minutes of functional training off bike and 25 minutes of spinning for a high and intense cardio session. This class focuses on both essential training techniques in order to work on your cardiovascular system and build lean muscle mass!
We also added TorqRelease because we found that our members were only doing 5 minutes of stretching after a spin class and this is definitely not enough for those who train three or four times a week! We find it essential to add stretching, Pilates and yoga into our workouts and so TorqRelease will focus on stretching that will pinpoint releasing stress in various muscle groups.
Which is your favourite class to take or recommend?
M: [laughs] We love them all!
In displaying members’ performance up on the screen, do you feel that this helps with motivation?
M: Oh this definitely helps with motivation, but we feel that it is more important for our clients to achieve their personal best. We display our member’s performance on the board for our trainers to moderate, however for our more competitive members this motivates them to challenge themselves. It also helps our professional clients track their own progress!
What are the biggest challenges whilst teaching a class?
J: We encounter many challenges in a class and I think the biggest challenge whilst teaching is communication. Many clients are very focused on their own workout, which means sacrificing essential new techniques that are included in these new classes that I’m teaching. So it’s important to pay attention to our clients needs and make sure they are not missing the new challenging workouts!
Margaret, you’ve recently given birth to a beautiful daughter and June, as you are currently expecting – how has that affected your training? Can you give us some pre and post natal tips?
M: No impact exercises or any exercises that will put pressure on the lower back because a tear in the muscle can be very harmful. I recommend stretching and releasing stress on the various muscle groups which is definitely great for pre and post natal care!
J: I suggest using foam rollers as there is a lot of stress to the knees and joints especially for a woman who is pregnant. It is incredibly important to keep exercising and stretching however limit the stress since you are still carrying for two!
Make sure to go to Torq’s new studio and book into their new classes TorqSwitch and TorqRelease to challenge yourself and release after a long stressful day!