A true form of meditation. A zen state applied to fatigue, the management of effort achieved through concentration. Spinning is the quietness during the storm. A South African boy, born in 1956 in Johannesburg. Athlete, cyclist, martial arts and squash lover. Running and constant training mark his daily search for improvement. His name is Jonathan Goldberg and he moves to Los Angeles as a teenager to devote himself to his great passion: sport. The home of fitness welcomes him while his great technical and relational skills do the rest, leading to success in the environment. In a few years he became Johnny G, one of the most coveted personal trainers in the Californian capital, managing the most important fitness centers.
But it’s not enough for him to understand how to manage his body, he starts to take part in extreme events such as races over long distances or in impossible weather conditions. The desert crossings teach him how to manage physical and mental fatigue. In 1986 he took part in his first RAAM. A grueling race. 5000km, the coast to coast of the United States from California to Maryland. The hardest kilometers are those in the rocky mountains. The temperature ranges between day and night subject the athletes to incredible biological stress, while the continuous changes in the slope of the path worn out legs and morale. Jonathan is forced to retire. A great defeat that keeps him away from physical activity for months and forces him to rework his training in its entirety.
Indoor cycling, music and movement
He needs a new way of training, able to recreate conditions similar to the most difficult moments, in the relationship with themselves, with their skills and their limits. Limits that he had found very clear during the race. Not everyone knows that Race Across America was the reason why indoor cycling was born. He starts training with soft light and musical accompaniment. Inventing exercises, gaits and changes of intensity as if he were mentally walking the streets and reliving the moments of the RAAM, thus structuring all the characteristics of the training program.
In a short time, he obtains great results: mastery of his own reactions, awareness of his own possibilities, self-control and a strong increase in performance according to performance. In 1987 Johnny G returns to Race Across America: he leads most of the race in the lead position and concludes the race. The day after he crossed the finish line, he even climbed onto his bike to make a cool bike.
Train and having fun with indoor cycling
Jonathan is certainly a first-class athlete but also a charismatic communicator. He begins to involve the people closest to him in his new training scheme, from friends to relatives, noticing how each of them benefits from the simple and fun yet exhausting character of spinning. Normal people who in physical activity are looking for an opportunity to feel better, who need to relieve work or daily tensions while keeping their bodies active. People most of all who want to improve their quality of life and rediscover smiling at the end of their training.