Does the thought of sitting on a stationary bike and sweating in a dark room for 45-60 minutes baffle you? What enjoyment could you possibly get out of that? And isn’t it kind of girly? Don’t be so quick to turn your nose up at Spinning or an indoor cycling class.
Spin is a place to come and get motivated and get the endorphins flowing plus, you can burn anywhere from 400-600 calories plus depending on your intensity and how long you’re in the saddle. Still not convinced? Here are six reasons you should learn to love spin.
1. You’ll push yourself to the max, but no further.
Spin classes aren’t made for Tour de France contenders (well, maybe some are, but not your average class). They are for everyone from beginner to advanced levels of fitness. Our classes focus on metabolic intervals, light resistance to heavy resistance, so your legs burn and are challenged but always within your own limits. Interval training gets the heart rate up so you can burn more calories in less time. It may hurt a little to walk up and down the stairs after class, but who doesn’t love knowing they worked hard?
2. You’ll get lost pedaling to killer music.
And after taking class a few times, you’ll learn which instructor you like best, and who has the most similar taste to you in music. There’s nothing like keeping pace with a good beat and seeing everyone else around you on the same count. Research even supports that athletes work out harder when listening to music at a faster tempo. Music is a huge part of working out it allows you to bring up feelings and emotions that you wouldn’t think about at the office. If you had a bad day, it helps you restart and you may discover some new tunes to download at home and add to your own exercise playlist.
3. You’ll get used to that sore butt feeling.
We’re not going to lie, if it’s your first time, or you haven’t been in a while, chances are, your bum will be sore the next day. So what can you do to avoid squirming at your desk the day after? Be sure you’re not in the saddle the whole time. Most classes will have you in and out of the saddle every other song. Our super new bikes also have very comfie saddles. Still not comfortable? Try using a padded seat or shorts with a shammie in them.
4. You’ll define and lean out your legs.
Notice we didn’t say bulk up. It's a huge misconception that ‘my legs are going to get big if I spin'. Interval training allows you to tone muscles that you may have not even known you had and sculpt your body back into youthful shape.
5. You’ll feel that team spirit.
While it can be fun to go on a ride alone to clear your thoughts, the energy you feel from your spin class peers is contagious. If you come into class and really show up, your 45-60 minute ride could feel as fast as 20 minutes because you’re enjoying it. And when the lights are switching on and off, and the person next to you is screaming out in anticipation and excitement for the coming climb, you won’t even realize it’s your second-to-last song. You’ll be having too much fun working out and sweating.
6. You’ll leave feeling euphoric.
That’s the best way to describe the energy high that sticks with you after a spin class.
If you’re healthy and injury-free, adding cycling into your workout regimen will really advance your fitness. And if you’ve decided that spin is the way you’re going to get fit, then don’t be scared to fully commit with 2-3 classes a week. No matter which method you choose, Spinning in any capacity is amazing for you. It can only help you better yourself.
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