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13 Tips If You're New To Spinning
- Dec 04, 2018 -

13 Tips If You're New to Spinning

Indoor cycling classes called spinning are popular and trendy because they burn calories and get your heart rate up for a full body workout in an hour. If you've never taken a spinning class – or if you tried and failed, and want to try again – here are some tips to help you enjoy and get the most out of your first few spinning classes.

  • Dress for Sweat: Spinning is a workout that builds up a sweat. Wear clothes that absorb sweat and wick it off your skin. Looks for labels that say "moisture-wicking."

  • Saddle Up: Don't just sit on the saddle: adjust the stationary bike saddle so it's the right height for you, not the previous rider. A general guideline is adjust the seat to be even with your hip.

  • Trial A Few: There are different types of spin classes and different types of spin instructors. Ask for free or discount passes to try a few different spin classes and studios before you decide.

  • Hydrate: Spinning burns calories and builds a sweat. Stay hydrated to keep your energy up. Bring a water bottle to your bike and take the time to sip during class. A towel helps you wipe the sweat off

  • Resist Right: The resistance setting on your bike determines how much effort it takes to push the pedal: does the pedal spin super-fast and easy, or is it like pedaling in mud?

  • Arrive Early: Bike location matters for following your instructor. For spinning classes, being on time can actually mean you're too late if you want to choose a bike.

  • Support Your Girls: Spinning is a strenuous workout that requires jumping up and down in your seat and lots of movement. Your Cooper's ligaments need support to prevent sagging, pain and damage.

  • Take A Breath: Spinning is a real workout. For your first classes concentrate on breathing while you're spinning.

  • Pull Your Hair Back: You're going to sweat, and your face will probably be pointed towards the floor during parts of your workout. Put your hair in a ponytail or wear a headband.

  • Stretch: A good slow stretch before and after your spin class will help prevent sore muscles. Some instructors include the stretch as part of your class: but others don't.

  • Set Your Own Pace: The instructor is there to help you get the most out of your workout and keep you motivated. When you're new to spinning, don't push yourself to keep up with the instructor.

  • Enjoy The Ride: Spinning is addictive! Yes it's a good workout, but it also releases endorphins and body-positive vibes.

  • Come Back: One class is probably not enough to say NAY to spinning. Give it a second try at the same studio or another one. Once you master the basics of spinning, it's easy to become addicted!