Veteran instructor Sandy Sydney likes to joke that the part of his body that needs the most work is his brain! Certainly, your first sight of Sandy will inspire you to want to turn your own physique into the lean mean fighting machine that his is.
But all it takes is a few minutes spinning on the bike in his class in Hong Kong’s first theatre of power, to realize that the push to become the best of who you are is 80% mental, 20% physical. Sandy’s classes will exhaust you but they’ll also teach you all about how amazing the mind body connection really is. He knows that we each have right amount of cells, DNA and thought composite to become our own superheroes.
As a 15 year veteran in this fitness industry, Sandy Sydney has seen his fair share of theatre. He’s teared up a couple of times watching his team members work so hard to pass their own barriers and enter into accomplishment and joy. Once he was even reduced to tears of laughter by a man who took an XYZ class in his underwear! Like all of XYZ’s energizing instructors, Sandy believes in the power of adrenaline to decelerate time and create the conditions in which we can release, recharge, regroup and regain control.
For Sandy, it’s simply a privilege to spend his days with some of the most passionate, creative people alive. After all, passion inspires people. It all boils down to living life to the full.
From the moment Rachel Moon’s mother took her to her first dance class at the age of 6, she knew she was born to move.
Rachel commits to everything in life 100%. She’s been a globe-leaping professional dancer, who has not only performed the splits on the heads of two elephants in a circus in Germany but also produced shows for the casinos of Macau. Now, she brings that passion and enthusiasm to the XYZ cave, in our secret home in Central, Hong Kong.
What matters most to Rachel is the energy in the room. Her ideal class is one full of highly energized people, spinning with enthusiasm, ready to try to take it to the next level. Her mission is to have you step down from your bike and leave the cave feeling even more vibrant than when you came in. She does everything in her power to energize you and inspire you to believe in yourself, because that’s the best advice she was ever given.
Rachel brought her advanced talents to Hong Kong because XYZ is the future of the private health club, set up to change the culture of wellbeing by adding fine measures of creativity and entertainment in order to challenge our perceived limits of energy and intelligence. “Don’t sweat the small things and stop worrying what other people think. It’s your life, so live it well.”
It’s Rachel’s dream is to combine her experience in dance with fitness to create the most kick-ass spinning class in Hong Kong. In fact, she’s already doing that! Come to XYZ and let Rachel Moon inspire you to be your next best self.
More than an exercise studio, more just a place to get fit: XYZ is Hong Kong’s first theatre of power. A place where you are the actor, the play, the audience. To the beat of music, in a covert cave in New World Tower where the brightest light radiates from deep inside you, you will push past hesitation, past reluctance, to the place where your personal energy emerges: clean, high, and lasting.
Inside this space, dimly lit, you will be greeted by a herd of 50 bikes and their riders who will be your best companions in the quest for perfection. Join this group of like-minded enthusiasts. Confront your limitations. Mount your bike. Trust your skilled and passionate instructor. Tighten your core. Now ride, ride, ride. Spin and dance your way to a new, an ultimate you.
Now you’re one of us, let us introduce you to our:
Full Service Locker Room, a luxurious sanctuary that welcomes you and readjusts your mood.
Showers, set to help your body release dopamine to your brain. A place to wash clean, and think creatively. Our motto? Think big, shower often!
Gel saddle bike seats, to help your gluteal muscles get a work-over and absorb the ache. Grab one as you enter the cycle studio. We’ll bill you later.
Special shoes, because our bikes use Look Keo pedals. (We also have triple link pedals if you prefer SDP and LOook Delta clips.) We sell shoes and clips, or rent them at $20 per class.
Remember, our changing rooms, bathrooms and showers are for your use only. All our lockers have keys for you to lock up your valuables. We do not accept responsibility for lost or stolen items.
A fundraising cum endurance biking event dubbed “Warriors to Wall Ride” was held last May 6 – 10, 2011 and with a whopping total of US $140,000.00 raised, the event was nothing short of a certified astounding success!
The event, which was spearheaded by non profit organization Le Kids (www.lekids.org), aimed to help eradicate poverty, lack of proper access to education as well as HIV/AIDS incidences among the children in rural China. Participants underwent endurance cycling challenges from Xian (from the home of the ancient Terra-cotta Warriors to iconic Great Wall of China) to historic Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The challenging route took the riders on an unforgettable journey visiting World Heritage sites and world famous attractions in Mainland China.
One of the participants who treaded hundreds of kilometers is Douglas White, top honcho of Prosperity Research Digital Agency or PRDA. White served as the daily blogger during the event and PRDA provided social media expertise. For 4 days, White did not only participate in the bike ride but also gave updates on the challenging trails, schedules and breaks. He also took the time out to describe the majestic sceneries along the way.
White said that he and his agency took part in the worthwhile cause not only because it is part of their community and corporate responsibility efforts but also because he believed that to be part of the event was a blessing.
“Le Kids aims to help children in rural China get what they truly deserve – access to education, proper health and nutrition and good quality of life. To be a part of a drive that aims to help children become stronger, more empowered human beings is something that I will no doubt be eager to be a part of,” White stressed.
The money raised – a whopping US $140,000 was turned over to the Chi Heng Foundation.
On May 6 to 10, 2011, a fundraising event will be held with this in mind: to help eradicate poverty, lack of proper access to education as well as HIV/AIDS incidences among the children in rural China. The event, dubbed “Warriors to Wall Ride,” and spearheaded by non-profit organization Le Kids (www.lekids.org) will start from Xian, from the home of the ancient Terra-cotta Warriors to iconic Great Wall of China, and which will finish at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The challenging route will take riders on an unforgettable journey visiting World Heritage sites and world famous attractions in Mainland China.
And did we mention that “Warriors to Wall Ride” will be an endurance cycling event? On May 6, the riders will gun off from Xian’s Terra-cotta Warriors and will end up at Weinan City. Total cycling distance is a whopping 100 kilometers. On the second day, May 7, the riders will begin from Fenglingdu Yellow River Bridge and will end at Yuncheng City for a total cycling distance of 115 km. Not only does the second day have more miles to cover but it’s even more difficult to finish, given that the trail will include climbing. By May 8, riders will be treated to the panoramic visuals of a 90 kilometer ride covering Yima to Luoyang City. May 9 will cover 80 kilometers of challenging trails from Luoyang to ShaolinTemple to Anyang City. On the last day, the participants will tread a total of 100 kilometers from Juyongguan The Great Wall to Summer Palace and finally to Tiananmen Square, at the heart of Beijing. Truly, given the schedule and challenges involved in this race, a lot of people are interested and excited.
One of them is Douglas White of Prosperity Research Digital Agency. White shares that to be a part of a worthwhile cause is part of their community and corporate responsibility. “More than anything else, I think to be a part of this cause that’s for the benefit of children in rural China is a blessing,” he shared.
On March 1, 2011 Morgan Parker and Simon Lock start their 20,000 km, 100 day, 10 country journey for charity by taking it one stage at a time. The name of this enduro adventure is Wheel2Wheel. Wheel2Wheel’s purpose is to raise money and awareness for 10 charities and non-profit organizations across Asia. The 16 stages on this endurance adventure will take them through 10 countries from Hong Kong to Brisbane. This is a trip that most of us would only dream about.
Wheel2Wheel is 100% self funded. All Donations through “Live the Dream” options is channeled back to the 10 Charities.
Stage one of the trip starts in beautiful Hong Kong. A gem of a city sitting in the South China Sea. Despite its beauty it has terrible problems. Over crowding creates hazardous air pollution levels. Wheel2Wheel has selected Clean Air Network as their Hong Kong Charity.
Clean Air Network (CAN) is an independent NGO which aims to encourage the public to speak out about the health impacts of air pollution. Donations can be made directly to CAN or by sponsoring Wheel2Wheel through “Live the Dream” options. 100% of the profits from Live the Dream will go back to the 10 charities. Find out more about CAN on their website http://www.hongkongcan.org, Facebook or on Twitter.
After settng off on their BMW F800GS motorbikes from BMW Concessionaires (HK) Limited Morgan Parker and Simon Lock will leave Hong Kong and travel north, the noise and pollution of the city slips away and rural land and forests dominate the landscape. There is nothing but open road on the way to the China border. What lies ahead is an adventure waiting to unfold.
Wheel2Wheel is an independent non-profit organisation which aims to raise awareness and provide financial assistance to brilliant yet under-recognised charities throughout Australasia. Through its innovative approach of visiting these grass-roots charities during motorbike enduro-adventures, Wheel2Wheel can experience first-hand the deeds and needs of the people on the ground. By harnessing the support of mass media, Wheel2Wheel aims to provide the public with objective insight to the key social, environmental, and humanitarian issues facing the region.
This great sporting event will be held on November 15 and 16 and this time the venue is no other than the fantastically fun Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The event will span over 2 days and is open to serious athletes as well as sports enthusiasts and even kids! Only an exclusive 2000 places are available, and every registrant receives a highly-valued race pack
Date: Saturday 15 November 2008 & Sunday 16 November 2008
Venue: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort area, Lantau Island.
Categories and distances: Elite and experienced to beginner and youth.
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