January 14, 2014

Classes reach high gear in the New Year

With influx of gym-goers, Powerhouse adds more spin classes

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — At Powerhouse Gym in London, it’s not at all unusual to hear the occasional grunt, yell or groan combined with barbells and dumbbells falling to the floor. It’s not unusual to hear equipment whirring, vibrating, starting and stopping in conjunction with heavy breathing.

However, on any given Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 5:30 a.m., members can also hear a series of exhilarating and challenging commands combined with the typical whirs and shouts. While one would expect these to come from a boot camp class – Powerhouse has those too, after all – the exuberant commands actually come from an indoor cycling class.

“When the song kicks in, we’re goin’! Now’s the time to take a drink,” shouts instructor Ashley Barton to a crowd of 14.  “Here we go!”

Powerhouse’s indoor cycling classes – commonly known as spin classes – meet three times a week in the early morning and five times a week in the evening. Instructors Ashley Barton, Debbie Baker and Morgan Hunt take participants on a cycling crash course at each 45-minute session, typically riding between 10 and 12 miles and burning 400 to 600 calories in the process.

While classes can accommodate up to 14, an average of 8 to 10 gym goers typically take part. All cycling positions are taken advantage of, including seated heels, standing heels, seated sprints and standing sprints. Different levels of resistance are also explored, often dictated by the various instructors’ commands.

“We like to keep it entertaining. It’s a great workout in a short period of time,” Barton said. “We tell everyone to go at their own pace, and we have a lot of fun. I’m addicted to it.”

Like aerobics classes, Barton and her fellow instructors set the pace of the classes to music. Barton claims she’s careful to have a little something for everyone, ranging from Creedence Clearwater Revival to more contemporary hits from Robin Thicke and The Far East Movement. Watching Barton dictate four counts and two counts to the beat of both “Proud Mary” and “Fly Like a G6” is nothing short of poetry in motion.

Text Only
Local News
Swiss officer

Switzerland police officer Fabien De Lucia learned more about American police procedures by riding along with Laurel County Sgt. Greg Poynter the last two weeks.

Local Sports

Drew Allen tried to score in the fifth inning on a single by Braden Houston. Allen thought he slid in under the high tag, but was called out on the play. North Laurel won the game, 5-0, to force a second championship game Friday night, too late for this edition.

Community Events
Must Read
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results