Our very own ICI/PRO Team Member Barbara Hoots announces;
First Officially Licensed Spinning® Resort in Caribbean
(I know how hard she worked and all the hurdles she overcame to make this a reality. I'm very proud of her + it's going to be a great place to teach! Info about teaching here in exchange for an all-inclusive vacation HERE – John)
From their press release:
Rose Hall, Jamaica (February 2009) – Half Moon, the luxury resort located in Rose Hall, Jamaica, has teamed up with internationally acclaimed STAR 3 Spinning instructor Barbara Hoots and Mad Dogg Athletics, developers of Spinning® to offer guests the popular cycling-inspired Spinning® classes. This will make the luxury resort the only Caribbean resort to offer this popular fitness programme.
Equipped with 10 custom-designed Spinner® bikes and state of the art sound system in specially-designed Spinning studio, guests of the 400-acre resort can choose from three unique tours that invite them on a virtual experience of Jamaica.
The programmes Climb to Blue Mountain, No Problem Tour and Adventures in Negril were developed by Spin veteran Barbara Hoots and feature specially created soundtrack to inspire and energize riders.
The Climb to Blue Mountain tour, the most challenging class, includes a combination of high-energy and inspirational music to transport riders to Jamaica’s 7402 foot Blue Mountain Peak.
No Problem Tour is set to tribal drums and reggae songs to pump up riders on their winding ride. This class features the most intervals to get riders in and out of their seats.
Adventures in Negril encourages guests to feel as though they are riding along Negril’s world famous beach, navigating through the countryside and friendly jungles. Riders use a combination of seated flats, jumps and standing climbs to navigate the diverse terrain.
The bikes are equipped with dual-sided pedals with cleat compatibility to accommodate both athletic shoes or cycling shoes. Additionally the bikes feature a 43 pound flywheel, no slip grip handlebars with water bottle holders, a push brake safety system and micro adjustments for seat and handlebar adjustments. Classes are $20 and guests can reserve participation in class from their guest rooms.
The new Spinning® studio is the latest addition to Half Moon’s expansive health and wellness facilities and initiatives, including Fern Tree spa, a 68,000 square foot indoor/outdoor sanctuary for the mind and body which opened in 2007. The resort also offers fitness focused getaways for their guests including yoga retreats and boot camps and September is ‘wellness’ month at the resort.
For more information on Half Moon’s fitness promotions, please call 1-800-626-0592 or visit www.halfmoon.com.
About Half Moon
Half Moon is nestled on 400 beautifully-manicured acres and features a two mile, white sand beach, award-winning 68,000 Fern Tree, the Spa at Half Moon, renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, renowned Golf Academy, luxury accommodations including suites, cottages and villas, 13 lit tennis courts, equestrian centre, fitness centre, superb cuisine, 54 swimming pools, Anancy children’s village, water sports, Dolphin Lagoon, shopping village, including 24-hour medical centre and more.
About Barbara Hoots
Barbara Hoots is a STAR-3 Spinning® instructor from Albany, Georgia, and is recognized internationally for her class marketing concepts and award winning facility designs. Ms. Hoots serves as a consultant for health clubs, resorts and colleges and creates customized support materials to establish or improve Spinning programs. As a published fitness columnist and contributing writer, Barbara offers motivational presentations to community and business organizations.
About Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
Home of the Spinning®, Peak Pilates®, Resist-A-Ball®, Bodyblade®, freeFORM® and SPIN Fitness® brands, Mad Dogg Athletics is the world’s largest equipment-based education company. Mad Dogg Athletics has trained over 200,000 instructors and has reached millions of enthusiasts in over 80 countries worldwide through a network of over 35,000 fitness facilities. The company manufactures home Spinner® bikes, Pilates and functional training equipment, DVDs, and a complete line of Spinning-branded apparel and accessories. Find out more about Mad Dogg Athletics equipment, products and education at www.spinfitness.com or by calling 800-847-SPIN(7746).
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John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.