First Class – What to Expect
I’ve never taken a Spinning class before. What should I expect?
Every class is a little different, but one of the great things about the Spinning program is that it is adaptable to your fitness level. Remember that there’s no competition. Listen to your body and adjust the resistance on your bike accordingly.
If you’re a first timer let your instructor know. He or she can make sure your bike is properly adjusted [Adobe PDF] and give you a rundown on the Spinning program’s five core movements and hand positions [Adobe PDF] and program fundamentals like heart rate training that will help you burn more calories, increase your strength and improve your overall fitness. Do I have to be in great shape to participate in a Spinning class?
Anyone can benefit from the Spinning program. And because you can go at your own pace by controlling the resistance on your Spinner® bike, taking Spinning classes is a great way to get fit.
What makes Spinning class different from other group exercise classes?
Top-notch instructors, invigorating music and visualization come together to make Spinning class both fun and effective. If you’ve ever left a group exercise class feeling frustrated, you’ll appreciate that there are no complicated moves to learn with the Spinning program. Regardless of how fit, flexible or coordinated you are, you’ll get a great workout. Simply hop on your bike, set the resistance to the level that’s right for you, and let your instructor guide you through an incredible ride
How many calories will I burn in a Spinning class, and what is the approximate equivalent distance in road miles traveled?
The number of calories you’ll burn depends on a number of factors, including your weight and the intensity at which you exercise. Research [Adobe PDF] indicates that on average, participants burn about 400–500 calories in a 40-minute workout. The “distance” traveled depends on cadence; however as an estimate, an average 40-minute class at a cadence of 80–110 rpm is equivalent to approximately 15–s20 miles on the road.
How is taking a Spinning class different than just riding a stationary bike?
Spinning class makes riding a stationary more bike fun by adding variety and visualization into your workout. A motivating group setting, energizing music and inspiring instructors make Spinning class an incredible experience.
What type of gear do I need to participate in a Spinning class?
Comfortable workout attire is all you need to get started. But the right gear can make a great class even better. Padded cycling shorts and moisture-wicking tops will make your ride more comfortable and a heart rate monitor will help you get the most from every workout.
Will taking Spinning classes make my legs bulk up?
The “climbs” that are incorporated into a Spinning class simulate the experience of riding up a hill. Climbing is an excellent way to build strength, which means you not only get shapelier legs but also stoke your metabolism since muscle needs more calories to sustain itself than fat does. However, most climbs only last a few minutes, which is not enough time to build big, bulky leg and butt muscles. If you’re ever in doubt share your training goals with your instructor and ask them to help you create the ride that’s right for you.