Spinning is a motivating and fun cycling class on static bikes . Spinning bikes also have a small dial on the crossbar which you can turn up or down to change the resistance against which you are pedalling. For example you can turn the dial up to a high resistance and have to pedal very hard and slowly against it, as if you are cycling up a steep hill, or you could have a lower resistance and cycle quickly as if you were cycling along a long, flat road.
The class lasts 45 minutes and is accompanied by music. A Spinning class is suitable for all fitness abilities as you can turn the resistance dial up or down depending on your own abilities. For example, a beginner may need to only turn the dial a small amount before the resistance against the pedals makes it hard to pedal, while an experienced cyclist could turn the resistance up to a much higher level, but everyone can participate in the same class.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in to do exercise, for example, a t-shirt or vest and jogging bottoms or shorts. If you wear long jogging bottoms you may need to tuck them into your socks so that they do not catch in the bike chain, so cropped trousers or shorts may be more suitable. You may want to purchase a gel filled seat cover which we do sell if you find the saddle uncomfortable but it is not a necessity. You get quite hot and sweaty in a Spinning class so make sure that if you are wearing lots of layers you can take them off as the class progresses. On your feet you should wear normal gym trainers or indoor cycling shoes.
What do I need to take with me?
Make sure you take a bottle of water with you. You can put the bottle in the clip on the bike beneath the handle bars and the instructor will pause in-between songs to allow you to have a drink of water. When you pause to drink, make sure you keep cycling, even if it only at a slow pace, as it will make it easier to start again! You could also take a towel to wipe your face and hands if they get sweaty, but again it is up to you. We do provide towels and you can purchase water at the studio.
What is it good for?
Spinning is good for raising the heart rate, yet low impact workout while maintaining the ability to go at your own pace. In a 40 minute class you will burn off an average of 500 calories and you gradually find yourself developing a leaner, stronger body. The high resistance cycling will help build up strength in your legs and bottom, which means you not only get shapelier legs but also increase your metabolism since muscle needs more calories to sustain themselves than fat does.
Can anyone do a Spinning class?
Yes - because you can go at your own pace by controlling the resistance on your Spinning bike, anyone of any fitness level can take Spinning classes as a way of getting fit. There are no complicated moves to learn and regardless of how fit, flexible or coordinated you are, you'll get a great workout. If you are recovering from an injury make sure you speak to the instructor or your doctor before starting a Spinning class though.