How can I get more comfortable sitting on the saddle?
If you’re new to the Spinning program it may take a few sessions for your body to get used to the saddle. Wearing padded cycling shorts or using a gel seat cover will definitely make your ride more comfortable.
Sometimes my toes go numb while I’m riding. How can I solve this problem?
The most common cause of numbness is restricted blood flow to the feet, which can be caused by shoes, shoelaces or toe straps that are too tight. Loosening laces and straps often solves the problem. If this doesn’t help, you may want to consider foam insoles or front-ended orthotics. They can provide relief by redistributing pressure on the ball of your foot.
How can cycling shoes help me in a Spinning class?
Cycling shoes are made with a very stiff sole that enables more powerful pedal strokes. Cycling shoes can also be used with clipless pedals, which facilitate a push/pull action and more efficient pedal strokes. For tips on selecting cycling shoes for Spinning class, click here [Adobe PDF].
Why should I wear a heart rate monitor in Spinning class?
The Spinning program consists of five Energy Zones. These Energy Zones vary in intensity and are based upon certain percentages of your maximum heart rate. By wearing a heart rate monitor, you will be better equipped to assess the intensity of your ride and determine when to push harder, maintain your pace or reduce your effort. By taking the guesswork out of your workout you maximize your efficiency while minimizing your odds of overtraining, injury and burnout.
How do I calculate my Maximum Heart Rate?
The best place to start is with the age predicted formula, which is calculated by subtracting your age from 220 if you are a male and from 226 if you’re a female. For example, if you’re a 30 year-old man, your Age Predicted Maximum Heart Rate would be 190.
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If I have an injury from another sport is Spinning class a good alternative?
While taking a Spinning class may be an excellent way to cross train, only your doctor can determine if the Spinning program is a safe option for you.