Hei's YP Get Fit Blog: Week One - Don't underestimate the bike

Hei's YP Get Fit Blog: Week One - Don't underestimate the bike

Throughout September, reporter Wong Yat-hei will train at Torq Cycle. His first blog post proves that an indoor studio is tougher than it looks!


Cycling studio at Torq Cycle
Cycling studio at Torq Cycle
Photo: Wong Yat-hei/ SCMP

I have been cycling since I was in primary school. I ride my bike to school, to the shops and for fun, but I have never cycled in a studio with music, lights and a coach before.

Cycling is one of my favourite sports so I am absolutely thrilled to be riding at Torq Cycle, an indoor cycling studio hidden in an office building in Central.

When I ride a bike it's usually for fun, or as a form of transport, so having devices to track my heart rate or distance travelled has never been important to me. However, for cyclists at Torq those numbers seems to play a huge role in every session.

After every workout, each cyclist receives an email about their performance, which looks something like the table belowI am not really into the statistics but it does feel like you have achieved something at the end of a workout when you get a report card. 

Bike Power Metrics







The stationary bikes at Torq Cycle are equipped with devices to measure riders’ performance. There is a screen on the wall that tells riders how fast they are going and their rank. I don’t think people care too much about the ranking because it is by no means a race, but you never want to see yourself in last place, so it provides extra motivation to pedal harder when you see someone overtaking you on the screen.

When I went to my first class, I made the stupid mistake of not taking my water bottle with me and I regretted it. 20 minutes on the bike and I could see sweat dripping onto the bike and the floor, and by the end of the session, I was worried that I might be dehydrated.

Initially, I thought because it was an indoor studio that it was not going to be too tough. I was wrong. I was sweating like I'd been running up a hill at noon. The studio is kind enough to provide you with a towel, which at the beginning I never imagined I would need, but the towel was dripping wet by the end of the workout. I totally underestimated the intensity of the workout, even though it takes places in an air-conditioned room.

I don’t usually shower in changing rooms at the gym because I am more comfortable using my own bathroom, but after the workout I had to shower, otherwise nobody would have stood anywhere near me on the MTR.

After a week of riding, I feel lucky that I don't have any sore muscles yet. The riding makes my quadriceps burn and I have trouble walking down the stairs immediately after the workout, but it always feels fine the next morning. However, I am not so sure that I will still be stay pain-free when I go for the special 90 minute session which is held on Saturdays, called TORQ90. Except for this extended ride session, all the classes at Torq are 50 minutes long.

In a couple of weeks I will challenge myself to go to the extended ride session, and I'm sure there's a good chance I won't be able to walk the next day.


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