What is Spinning?
Spinning is just a modern word that is used to describe exercise that is done on a stationary bike. Spinning is becoming a very popular exercise and classes are offered at many health and fitness clubs. These classes are a great way to liven up exercising on a stationary bike and they can provide a vigorous workout and a lot of calorie burning.
Many people who want a cardiovascular workout but who do not want to do aerobics or other forms of cardiovascular exercises often enjoy spinning. This exercise form has even attracted couch potatoes and/or those who do not like the stress and movement that is involved with aerobic or dance classes. However, just like anything else in life, there are pros and cons to spinning. If you are considering taking a spinning class, check out the lists below.
Spinning classes are done indoors with others who are also ‘spinning’. The room will be full of exercise bikes and the room will generally have an energized setting that involves the use of various music and lights.
The spinning class will have an instructor who will guide you through your workout. This involves a warm-up, sprints, climbs, cadences, and other different phases. However, you do have the ability to control the resistance on your machine. By adjusting the resistance you control how difficult or easy your workout will be. Classes last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Pros to Spinning
* You can workout on a bicycle no matter the weather,
* Classes have varied routines so things do not get boring,
* Spinning burns calories and builds muscle,
* Any fitness type can do the exercise,
* It does not require a lot of coordination,
* You don’t have to learn any fancy moves!
All you really need to bring with you is a good pair of shoes and a water bottle. You may also want to bring a towel to wipe the sweat from your face.
Cons to Spinning
* You don’t really ride on a real bicycle,
* You have to be able to push yourself to get a maximum workout,
* Working out indoors may become monotonous.
Tips for Spinning
If you are planning to visit a spinning class, there are a few things you should know before you arrive. These basic preparations can go far in helping you enjoy your workout and improve the benefits of the exercise.
Adjust the height of your bike seat so that it suits you comfortably. Bikes are not one size fits all. The individual who used your bike in the last session may be six inches taller or shorter than you. Never try to workout on a bike until you have adjusted it to you. Generally, the seat should be at hip level. This will keep your knees from locking up when you are spinning. Also, adjust the handlebars so they are level with your seat. It’s a good idea to arrive to your first class a few minutes early so you can have someone show you how to properly adjust your bike.
Wear shoes that fit. While you can spin in tennis shoes, the stiffer the sole of the shoe the better it will be for spinning. If you take the classes and plan to do it long term, purchase a pair of cycling shoes.
Bring plenty of water with you to your class. Believe it or not, spinning is going to make you sweat if you do it properly and you push yourself past your comfort zone. You will need to replenish fluids as you lose them. Also, it’s a good idea to bring along two towels to class with you. You will need one towel to wipe the sweat off of you and another towel to clean off the bike seat when the class comes to a close.
Just like any new form of exercise, you must not overdo it. If you do overdo it and push yourself too hard, the more likely you’ll get burned out or injured. It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of a spinning class, so don’t push yourself too far until you learn your limitations. (To reduce your exertion, peddle slower and lower the resistance on your bike.) When you build your endurance up over time, spinning will probably be something you will come to love.
Recommended Exercise Bikes for Spinning
These exercise bikes come highly rated if you want to try spinning at home:
Keiser M3 Plus Gray Indoor Cycle
Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike
Spinner® Sport Indoor Cycling Bike with Four Spinning® DVDs
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