Truth be told, when I walked my 270 pound body into this class for the first time almost 2 years ago, I was apprehensive. Apprehensive because I did not know what to expect. All I knew is that the lights were going to be turned off and there would be club music. So I got on the bike and got into the groove.
- My butt is too big for this seat – IT HURTS!!!
- I need better shoes because majority of my weight is being placed on my toes. – They HURT!
- I should have brought more water…
- What have I gotten myself into?
Lights Go Out. Music Pumping. Strobe Lights Flashing.
Then I heard, “Up, Sit back down, Up” – I thought “oh shit, she’s going to kill me.” I tried my best and stayed the entire 60 minutes but I stopped a lot (glad that the lights were out). I burned close to 500 calories in that hour so it pushed me to continue to go back. The next time, I had better shoes, a seat cover (pictured below), lots of water and I was prepared.
After researching spin and being motivated by my workout partner and awesome instructor, Julie Novelli of Golds Gym (pictured below) who leads multiple spin classes a day AND KEEPS UP. I knew that I could do this and be good at it.
2 years later, I love it! It gives me the best full body workout, burns the most calories, I’ve lost weight, gained muscle, stamina and endurance. I am a club spin advocate not only have I gained all of that but also friends that have the same goals. We have fun! Try it out but know that you will not be a pro after your first class. Keep going, you will not be disappointed.
Here is why Spin is my class of choice:
A spinning workout of 45 minutes may allow you to burn around 500 calories, which is a huge amount when compared to other types of workout. However, the amount of calories you burn will depend on the intensity of the workout. Adjust your bike according to the intensity you desire.
Build Muscle Tone
The spinning workout may help you build some muscle tone. The workout will focus on the core muscles, as well as the buttocks and thighs. You can increase and decrease the tension of the bike; this is similar to riding up and down a hill. While you pedal, you will work your thighs and calves. If you maintain the correct position on the bike, you will also work on your abdominal muscles. When you pedal faster, you are likely to burn fat. When you pedal slower and have a higher tension, you will work your muscles.
Increased Cardio Endurance
If you opt for regular spinning classes, you will build increased cardio endurance. This is beneficial, especially if you feel weaker and start panting even after an insignificant effort, such as climbing a flight of stairs.
Low Impact Exercise
A spinning workout is a low impact exercise. This means that it won’t put pressure on knees and joints, as other aerobic or running exercises do. The workout is also recommended for people that suffer from arthritis.
Any type of exercise is known to relieve stress. However, a spinning class can be a more efficient stress reliever than most types of exercise. This is due to the fact that the workout is intensive and it is a class where you can meet people and socialize.
Spinning classes are held by an instructor that will motivate you throughout the workout. In addition, there will be music, which will make the class more entertaining.
Reduced Risks of Injury
While running and jogging may present a high risk of injury, a spinning class is less likely to cause any injuries. However, it’s recommended to stretch prior to the class, so that you don’t pull any muscles.
The stationary bike will have adjustable tensions, which you can change during the class. Your trainer can indicate when to change the tension, or you can adjust it according to your abilities and fitness goals.
Track Your Progress
Most stationary bikes will have some devices which will track the amount of calories you burn, your mileage and even your pulse. This means that you can track your progress, which is also a motivating factor. (I used my Apple Watch).
Can Be Done Year Round
Unlike other types of activities such as jogging, which can be unpleasant when performed during the months with extreme temperatures, a spinning class can be performed at any time during the year.
After these facts, Are you going to try spin now? Lets get it!