Own an indoor bicycle? This Malaysian wants to invite all fitness-junkies to join in this high-energy cycling activity at the comfort of your home. With the uncertainly caused by the pandemic, trend of exercising at home has been the norm. Meet Gary Cheok, a celebrity-make-up artist and Lim Yin Loo, Malaysia national badminton player as founders of So Cycle who believed that cycling sports should be fun and engaging!
The Story Of So Cycle Malaysia
So Cycle was created by Gary Cheok and Lim Yin Loo, our national badminton player back in January 2021. The idea came when a group of friends found themselves lost of direction when lock-downs were enforced throughout Klang Valley and Malaysia-wide. With events, workshops, group trainings and mass-gatherings put to a halt, the idea of Indoor-Cycling-Sports was spark when they visited a similar outlet in their hometown.
Gary relates his curiosity towards the sports when he first started attending indoor cycling classes back in August 2020 and finds it very interesting as it reminds him of his clubbing days as he dances on the bike with music beats similar to what he has experiences on the dance floor. He quickly fall in love with the sport by increasing his frequency of exercising from 3 times per week to 5 times and evenly attended every single day! That passion eventually leads him to start up a studio of his own.
So Cycle takes cue on the concept of dancing freely on the bike with choreographed movements and up-tempo music beats. The focus of movement and rhythms syncs with live music beat and empowers high-energy flows for each participants. As for the body fitness focus, So Cycles focuses on Total Body Workouts. (Full impact on each part of your body) Imagine heading to Zouk Club but instead of patrons dancing on the dance-floor, expect a small crowd of sports enthusiasts riding their lungs out with blaring EDM tunes and flashy LED lightings.
Establishing So Cycle Studio In Seremban
Seremban was chosen as the first studio of So Cycle. Renovation and planning works started back in January 2021 and completed in March 2021. Each instructor have to undergo a vigorous certification training of Indoor Cycling Instructor Course Level 1 and First Aid at Work Place. Then after, the instructor will be certify to conduct workshops classes for members.
Plans to officially open the studio in April 2021 were scrapped when Covid-19 cases hit an all time high in Seremban and the 2nd attempt to open it on 12th May 2021 were postpone when the first day of MCO3.0 kicks in.
Things really didn’t look to well until Gary decided to launch a new program called ‘So Home Workout’. The program aim to target home-cyclist enthusiast and participants can join riding classes at the convenience of the their home spaces.
Check Out The Training Video Below.
It took off well. With hundreds of members already signed up, participants can sign up for cycling classes and even rent a bike to be deliver to your home! (Yes, it’s rentable on a 20-days basis for only MYR180!)
So Cycle finally open last month in Senawang, Seremban serving the small town neighbourhood community.
You can sign up for a free preview class here.
With such overwhelming response, So Cycle is currently in discussion with hospitals and clinic in Seremban to launch a cycling program with the elderly folks.
“As we know, elderly folks are not supposed to stand / walk too much as it is a long run damage to their kneecaps. With slow cycling, it will help to protect their kneecaps and slowly recover the collagen production at their knees.” said Gary Cheok, co-founder of So Cycle.
With the first studio of So Cycle successfully open last month in Senawang, Seremban, the team plans to open up more studio outlets in other states in months to come.
Check out So Cycle Facebook page here.
If you would like to sign up for a preview or virtual pass, click here or the image below.