Been to a gym lately that offers spinning/cycling classes and wonder what it’s all about? Spinning classes are rising in popularity as they provide an excellent alternative to the “same old” exercise routines.
According to www.aboutaerobics.com, indoor cycling began in 1989 and has endured as a popular exercise routine. Classes are usually held in the aerobics section of gyms and last between 30 and 60 minutes.
Spinning can burn 500 calories or more in a short amount of time and, believe it or not, is actually a low impact activity for all ages.
Many assume that the class is just like riding a bike – without actually going anywhere. But spinning actually involves jumps, hills, jogs, runs and other moves that are performed on the bike by either moving your body position and/or adjusting the resistance – or tension – of the bike.
Spinning does take some getting used to. Experts and instructors will warn you that, as beginners, you will encounter soreness in various places on your body.
Many serious spinners purchase padded seats and special shoes to eliminate any discomfort that might come from the bike.
Take it easy at first – try a beginner’s class or incorporate it once or twice a week into your workout routine. Mix in other forms of exercise such as yoga, weight training and swimming with your spinning routine.
Remember, the first few classes will be uncomfortable, but the benefits of this unique exercise are worth the adjustment!