Spinning is far more than just an hour on an exercise bike. Adjustable resistance, out of saddle work and varying speed are all combined with music and instruction. It’s great for getting that cardiovascular system going!
Spinning instructors need a good range of skills– they do everything from setting up bikes to designing the workout. They also have to monitor the class and naturally need to be friendly, motivating and approachable. A bad instructor can do you damage, so check for certification.
Knowing what to expect is the key to the right equipment. Spinning needs clothes that won’t get in the way and will let you get happily sweaty. The right shoes also help a great deal, as will padded cycling shorts. Here are some more ideas on preparing for that first class.
Just like a road bike, your spinning bike needs to be set up correctly. Phone ahead for your first class and ask to meet the instructor to be shown how it is done. It also helps to know what to expect in a spin class, so ask the instructor for a ‘walk-through’.
You’ll need to set your bike correctly every time, so it always pays to arrive a little early.
This is definitely a sweaty class, so make sure you have a bottle of water and a towel with you. They both go within reach so you can wipe and swig during the workout. It is of course sociable to wipe the bike at the end of the session.
Spinning is sociable, but non-competitive. If things are going too fast for you, there’s no shame in easing off to recover. You can also reduce the resistance on the bike if the setting is too difficult.
Spinning is going to make you somewhat sore for a while. Follow the warm-up instructions, cool-down properly and do some stretches afterwards.
This is a popular class and there are only so many bikes available; so reserve your spot.
Ready to sign up? Here are some sample spin classes - add your location to see what is near you. Go on, get in the spin for spring!
I don't know how people enjoy spin classes - those bikes are so uncomfortable! It's definitely an energetic work out though.
I've always thought of spin classes as a bit boring, plus don't they just work the legs? Obviously good for cardio but no other muscle toning work in there apart from legs..?