Community welcomes spinning and cycles its way to fitness
ST JUST has been spinning its way to fitness and friendship after a sports venue secured 15 specialist bikes.
The town's sports centre was awarded £10,000 by Sports England Small Grants Scheme to purchase the equipment and was given 'registered spin centre' status last month.
The craze immediately took off and manager Becky Gillespie said the "first and last spin club in the land" has said the workout sessions will give the public a way of staying healthy and meeting up in the harsh winter months.
"It's pretty amazing," she said, "people from all over come along – we've got a couple who come all the way from Marazion. We're full every week and booked up until the end of December.
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"Our youngest member is 13 and our oldest are in their fifties – it's a really popular addition and will mean people will be able to keep active as it gets colder.
"We are a small sports centre, so the bikes are a really big thing for us. It's a major thing for St Just."
Mrs Gillespie added: "People are losing weight and getting fitter. I think it's had a really positive effect on the community."
Nicole Thomas, front of house manager at the Queen's Hotel in the town, said she took up spinning as soon as it arrived.
"I've been going since it started – it's great for weight loss.
"I think the bikes are fantastic and it's a brilliant opportunity for us. It's brought people together and we have a lot of fun. We do themed rides. We're dressing up for Hallowe'en."
As St Just Sports Centre is a registered charity, the instructor takes the classes, which run three times a week, without charging the organisation. Classes are £3.50.