Pendleton launches Olympic-style cycling class

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Sprint cycling specialist Victoria Pendleton has launched the 'Victoria Pendleton Pro Cycling class' - her very own Olympic-style get-fit training programme.

The nine-time World Champion, one of Britain's most successful cyclists, has teamed up with Fitness First to put together three unique classes based around her training for last summer's memorable Games - the individual sprint, team sprint and the keirin.

Pendleton scooped gold in team sprint at the Track World Cup Classics and keirin at the 2012 Olympics in London, and a silver in the sprint as part of the hugely successful Team GB cycling team.

And she's lifted the lid on some of the secrets behind her high-intensity training that got her in tip-top Olympic shape for the three events last summer.

"I've worked very closely with the Fitness First team to create this class which is a great representation of both my training techniques and the performance intensity when racing," said Pendleton.

"I am passionate about getting more people fit and healthy so this class is definitely a great way of achieving this."

The three 30-minute classes are as follows:

Individual Sprint - Focussing around speed interval training, this 30 minute class ends with a cat and mouse race where one of the riders will lead the sprint to the finish. Definitely a class that will get the blood pumping!

Team Sprint – This fast paced 30 minute group cycling class focuses around power. With short 15 second sprints set at a high resistance followed by a race element where riders work in teams, this class simulates one of Victoria’s events; the Team Sprint.

Keirin – Inspired by another of Victoria’s events, this 30 minute endurance based class focuses around slightly longer intervals of training followed by short recovery periods. The race ends with a four lap Keirin high intense race which will leave riders hanging on until the end!

And of course, it wouldn't be a unique Pendleton experience without a hand-picked selection of some of the Olympic gold medallist's favourite tracks to get you motivated.

So if training like an Olympian sounds like your kind of thing, head to for more information.

Classes begin at selected Fitness First locations from 20th May 2013.

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