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New "Y" class combines cycling & swimming pool

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Evansville's Downtown YMCA is offering a new fitness class featuring underwater bike riding.  It's called Hydrorider Water Cycling.

"Hydroriders" are spin-type bikes meant for use in the swimming pool.  According to YMCA Aquatics Coordinator and Hydrorider instructor Lindsay Benedyk, Evansville is one of only 60 cities around the country where you'll find the bikes.

Benedyk says the Hydroriders can be used for rehab purposes or for high-intensity workouts, burning up to 800 calories with a quicker recovery than on land.

If you go to a Hydrorider class, expect to be on and off the bike, but always pedaling.  It's not just legs doing the work, though.  Riders' arms, core and upper body get a workout, too.  

"It's just something fun to do. You're on and off the bikes, it goes by really quick, and there's so many different things you can do, very dynamic.  Probably 40, 50 different exercises we do on the bike, so if one doesn't work for you, there's always a modification for that," Benedyk explained.

Some of those exercises can include push ups, crunches and planks.  Riders may also use water weights while on the Hydroriders.

"I like the fact that it is so different from anything else that I've ever done, and it's deceptively challenging. I got in here the first time, and I was actually sweating by the end of the class and that was something I wasn't expecting to do," said YMCA Wellness Manager Becky Melchior.

Hydrorider Water Cycling classes are only available at the Y's downtown location. 

Here is the current class schedule:

  • Tuesday              6:00-6:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday       12:10-12:50 p.m. 
  • Thursday            4:30-5:45 p.m. (Surf & Turf- start with 30 minutes in the water followed by 30 minutes of cycling on land)
  • Thursday            6:00-6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday            8:30-9:15 a.m.

Because there are only a few bikes, you may want to arrive early to reserve one.  You can do that at the front desk or by calling 423-9622 no more than 24 hours in advance.

Hydrorider Water Cycling classes are free to YMCA members.  They are not being offered to non-members right now. 

You must be at least 14 years old to participate and must wear aquatic fitness shoes.

Riders are not, however, required to wear a swimsuit.  Non-cotton sports tops and shorts may be worn instead.

The Y suggests arriving 10 minutes early to class so you have time to adjust your seat and handlebars, set your resistance and get your bike in the water.

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