|Pendle Wavelengths leisure centre in Nelson, Lancashire, has launched the country's first 'Roc It Spin' class, a circuit-based fitness class that combines exercises on resistance machines with a high intensity cardiovascular workout.
The twice weekly, 45-minute instructor-led class is designed to encourage women to incorporate strength training as part of their exercise regime.
It alternates 10 minutes of cycling with a 10-minute circuit on Hoist Roc It's ride-orientated resistance machines, which move with the user to simulate a free weights workout, with a natural whole-body motion.
John Rawcliffe, health and fitness manager at Pendle Wavelengths, says: "Some women feel uncomfortable doing weights in the main gym, or fear they will build big muscles.
"This class encourages them to take up some level of strength training and is also great for fat burning, so members can expect quick results."