We're thrilled to be collaborating with Boom Cycle for a very special spinning class led by their female co-Founder Hilary Rowland to raise money for The Prince's Trust, Women Supporting Women campaign.
ALL money from ticket sales will be donated to The Prince's Trust, Women Supporting Women campaign. The mission of Women Supporting Women is simple: to provide the right help to nurture, empower and inspire young women to build their own futures through employment, self-employment, education or training.
We caught up with Hilary to ask a few questions about Boom Cycle:
Tell us about how you started Boom Cycle?
Boom Cycle started because we wanted to create a workout that people would look forward to; one that allowed people to escape from the pressures of life and lose themselves in a sweaty moment of joy.
My husband/business partner and I built a good amount of the first one ourselves with the help of friends and family (and some contractors) back in 2011.
Can you describe a typical Boom Cycle class to anyone who hasn’t tried spinning before?
Boom Cycle is like a sweaty dance party in the dark with night club-quality Funktion one sound, but instead of a dancefloor, you’re on a bike.
Everyone of every fitness level is welcome and there is no measurement throughout the workout – you control your own resistance and everything is done by rhythm and feeling.
What’s your favourite music to ride to?
I love riding to BIG tunes – whether its House, Hip Hop or Drum n Bass - I love music that makes me feel fired-up.
What’s been your biggest challenge since starting and how did you overcome it?
We’ve had so, so many and I don’t think they’ll stop anytime soon!
However, in the very beginning (month 1), our main backer who was supposed to fund us as needed and as we expanded went into administration. We basically just had to work our way out of having no current funding to making the business attractive enough to get new funding which meant covering almost ALL the jobs between the two of us for long, long time. It was hard, but we learned all the jobs :)
Have you got any advice for someone wanting to start a business?
Make sure you know why your business exists and be ready to make it your whole life for a long time. It’s like having a child (from what I hear from my friends). Also, the figuring out of problems is one of the hugest parts of it so make sure you are ready for that until the day you sell it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t Quit. Sometimes just continuing can set you apart from the rest.