Gymbox instructor Zoe McNulty is getting ready to teach spin classes at this year's Bestival as part of the new Slow Motion area. "It's going to be one of the coolest things I've ever done. I can't wait!"
Hi Zoe! How's life with you at the moment, recent highlights?
Life is awesome at the moment thanks! Recent highlights include my new Officially Fabulous blog which I launched a couple of weeks ago – I'm just finding my feet, learning more about how to do things (how to vlog, SEO). I'm building my database of people who want to hear what I have to say. My fave section is Woman Crush Wednesdays, where I interview women who I admire. I'm also getting ready to film a series of workout downloads for my new brand School of Strut®. Sign up for a free workout! This which will be available on Amazon and TiVo soon, and I will be featured regularly on Body In Balance TV, a new Sky channel dedicated to health and well-being on channel 266 which launches in September. So that's exciting. My Gymbox pals Esmee Gummer and Matt Miller will also be joining me as channel buddies.
We gather you've been picked to go to Bestival to be a spin instructor for The Revolution Ride, are you excited?
I'm pretty excited! I reckon it might be up there with teaching 2500 people at Wembley Arena for Comic Relief as one of the coolest things I've ever done. I can't wait. I've never been camping so it will be an experience!
What are you most looking forward to about the event?
Apart from seeing drunk people try to ride a spin bike? Have you seen the line up? There are literally hundreds of DJs and music acts I want to see. Also, we're staying in the artist area…. oh hello Missy Elliot, hi Duran Duran!! Too excited! Get ready for another batch of celeb selfies!
Slow Motion is the the new fitness/health area at Bestival. Do you think having this element at festivals could catch on?
Yeah I do! I've been going to fitness events for years and there's always a real party vibe, with everyone being really up for totally going for it, leaving their cares at the door. And now that fitness is a part of so many people's lives, it won't be such an odd concept. I think it will be welcomed, and become integrated quite naturally. Those who go to festivals like to look good, hence why every summer the shops are full of festival chic with short-shorts and crop tops. I reckon all festivals will start including fitness.
What do you think will be the biggest challenges teaching spin classes to festival-goers?
I'm used to people being in the spin room for one reason – to sweat and improve their fitness. And actually my goal for them is to improve their riding technique and keep them safe. This will not be the goal of a festival goer. I'm going to have to think differently, come up with strategies to engage, and also remember that their goal is to just enjoy themselves. Also, I'm used to my own music and using the different rhythms in each track for different purposes. But this time we have live DJs! So this will be a new experience for me.
In what ways do you think doing a spin class at a festival could improve one's overall festival experience?
It will be one of their post-festival stories to their mates where they say "oh and then you'll never guess what else they had there – spin classes!" When I first went to Manumission in Ibiza in '96 there were 'entertainers' running around doing crazy things and dwarfs and aerial artists… the feeling was of awe, like 'wow I've never seen that before, what a great idea'. I think the Slow Motion area will have a similar reaction to it.
Have you delivered spin classes with live DJs before?
I have done once before when I covered Bike & Beats with live DJ at Gymbox Farringdon. It was fun but also unnerving to not know how long a build up was, or when the drop was coming in. But that makes it entertaining for the spinners as it gives opportunities to joke and not take it all too seriously.
What is your big spin anthem?
Bad Ass - Aphrodite & Micky Finn. Epic!
And what do you hope to learn most from taking on Bestival 2015?
I think what I will value most from the experience will be making new connections, meeting those who make this stuff happen, forging friendships and working relationships with key people who may play a role in the future development of all my shizzle!