If you're like me, the first time you heard that a friend was taking a spinning class, you thought they were making yarn for knitting.
Spinning is, of course, a popular form of exercise that involves riding a stationary bicycle.
It became really popular a number of years ago and it revolutionized the sport of biking. With other exercise classes being so popular, this one had some extra advantages to it: it appeals to the joy of riding a bike and different from riding the fun equipment, which is something that most people can relate to. Almost everyone can remember learning to ride a bike as a child, and the thrill when the training wheels finally came off.
Even those who don't own their own bicycles can enjoy spinning, which is another one of its appeals.
A workout in spinning class isn't quite the same as riding the old stationary bicycles you see being sold at yard sales. The spinning bike is closer to an actual road bike than a piece of exercise equipment.
The bike has an adjustable seat, just like a real bicycle, so you can find the perfect height for your build. The bicycle pedals have clips to prevent your feet from slipping out.
Some spinning studios even simulate road conditions, from going up hills to moving around steep turns. All the bikes in the class are synchronized so that all the students are turning together
A spinning class is similar to other aerobic workouts in that there is an instructor at the front facing you, with music playing in the background to keep things interesting. The workout varies between easy pedaling and more challenging work.
And you tend to get a better workout in a class than you would just riding a stationary gym bike by yourself. This is mostly because of the camaraderie of everyone working out at once.
When you have the support of those around you, you tend to push yourself harder because everyone is doing it. And the instructor knows exactly when to give encouragement and what kind to give that will allow you to achieve your highest potential.
Another benefit that taking a spinning class has over working out alone, even on a real bike; it is impossible to slack off. But when you work out alone, if you don't push yourself, nobody will know.
Whatever your reasons, if you enjoy riding a bike outside, try taking a spinning class.
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