Don’t be spin-timidated by indoor cycling classes.
Group fitness classes are a great way to keep an exercise regimen fresh and challenging.
Here are some common misconceptions about indoor cycling:
MYTH: Indoor Cycling classes are an hour of riding as fast and as hard as humanly possible.
REALITY: Cycling is as challenging as you want to make it! Indoor cycling is a highly individualized work out. You will sprint, climb hills, and do lots of cardio work, but unlike other fitness routines, you don’t have to be at the same gear, or be pedaling at the same pace as the person next to you. At Five Starr Pilates & Fitness we use the fabulous Keiser M3 bike that provides a gear shifter and read out. You control the shifter…which means you control your workout. Instructors will offer suggestions on gear and pace increases, but cycling is really about staying in tune with your own body. Most instructors will let you know how hard you should be breathing, or how much effort you should be exerting. A good instructor will give you a range to work within and motivate you to challenge yourself.
MYTH: People with bad knees can’t take an indoor cycling class.
REALITY: Cycling is a low impact exercise and people with knee problems can usually benefit from cycling. In fact most knee specialists recommend cycling as a remedy for knee joint pain.
MYTH: Cycling is strictly a cardio exercise for insanely fit and radical cyclists.
REALITY: Spinning is a full body workout! It is a great exercise to tone your legs, glutes, and core. ANYONE can participate in indoor cycling classes. Remember to find instructors that meet you where you are, encourage you and give thorough individual bike set up assistance. Like at our studio, you will be given personal attention as your bike is set up to meet your body specifications. In fact, you will even be given a Setting Card with your individual bike settings to aide you on your next bike set up.
MYTH: Indoor cycling classes are an hour of fast pace riding.
REALITY: A good instructor will practice interval training that provides an 8-10 minute warm up, a climb or two out of the saddle (standing), some sprints, some seated hills, and a 5-10 minute cool down. Again, you control the gear and shifter and on a good bike you will know where you are at all times.
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