Indoor cycling, also known as spinning, is one of the biggest crazes in the fitness world at the moment. It seems like we’re always seeing our favorite celebrities flocking to and from cycling studios like SoulCycle. Of course with that kind of publicity, everybody is now eager to see what the hype is all about. Fortunately for us common folk, you don’t have to be a celebrity to get in on this leading-edge workout.
So, what exactly is indoor cycling?
Indoor cycling is a high energy and low impact workout usually done in classes. Each participant uses a stationary bicycle and follows the instructor’s lead through workouts typically coached to music. Indoor cycling is very similar to regular outdoor cycling – your instructor should lead you through a variety of positions and intensities that mimic the terrain you’d ride on outdoors. What’s the benefit of a stationary bike, then? It doesn’t matter what your skill level is – you’ll be able to control your own speed and intensity while still staying with the group. This is great news for anyone that suffers from gym-timidation!
Why should you try it?
There are plenty of benefits when it comes to indoor cycling. Here are a few:
- It strengthens your lower body – killer glutes and hamstrings are within reach!
- It improves your endurance.
- It’s a major calorie burner.
- It’s low impact, which means it’s easy on your joints.
What you should know beforehand?
Don’t be intimidated.
Just because it’s in a class setting doesn’t mean you have to worry about your skill level. Since the bikes are stationary, it’s not like everyone is going to fly ahead of you leaving you behind! Work at your own pace. No one is going to notice or judge you if you pedal more slowly, and they won’t be able to tell if your bike is set to a lower resistance level than their bike.
It’s more than just riding a bike.
Maybe you’ve tried an exercise bike before and didn’t think it was all that. However, attending a cycling or spin class is more than just pedaling a bike. Your instructor will guide you through different intervals and will help you work out different muscle groups by teaching you different biking positions – such as standing, jumping, and climbing.
Don’t expect it to be a walk in the park.
Riding your bike for a leisurely ride may be a breeze, but these workout classes are high intensity. You should expect to sweat and burn a lot of calories. However, focus on your own pace and not the pace of others around you. You don’t want to push yourself too hard! You should also address any medical conditions you have with your instructor beforehand.
Think indoor cycling is the workout for you? Give it a shot! There are plenty of gyms and cycle studios all over that anyone can join. It’s also worth checking your own campus gym for classes – it’s much more cost-friendly! Let us know if you plan on incorporating indoor cycling into your workout routine – tweet us or comment below.