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Running vs Spinning

I'm a runner and I'm going to try spinning this weekend.

Any tips, any rants or raves?

I love what is considered a runner's body, but what long term effects can I anticipate for a spinner's body?


Thu. Mar 15, 11:05am

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Do you bike a lot? Expect a sore butt. I was an avid biker (about 10 years ago), since then I've been trying to find the time to get back into biking and running. I thought spinning was tough. It's a really cool concept though because the class is as hard as you make it. You could be busting your butt, say level 2, and the guy next to you could be busting his at 8 but you're still doing the same thing.

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 3:14 PM

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Sore butt is putting it mildly. Last time I did it my V hurt for days. That being said, it's a great workout. Don't forget to bring a bottle of water!

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 3:17 PM

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Well, I am a runner with runners knee, it makes me crazy. I never wanted to be one of those hampsters on the treadmill or in a spin class but.............I am now hooked. Although winter is ending and summer is coming I hit the treadmill to prep for those outside runs again. Only to find that I still have runners knee....so the suggestion was since I am a spinner (of only 4 months) to try riding my bike up those hills I love ro run up.
Woo whooooo.....what a concept. Spinning is really fun, just rmemeber to puch yourself, it's up to you how hard you work. Get ther early the first few times, ask questions nd properly adjust your bike.
Enjoy & have fun spinnin!

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 5:52 PM

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Go early and have the instructor or another person in the class help you adjust your saddle and seat height properly. Tilt the nose of the saddle UP if you feel too much pressure in the front. Most people's inclination is to tilt it down, but all that does is cause you to roll forward. Wear cycling specific shorts with a chamois pad (they will be more comfortable and absorb perspiration), or invest in a padded saddle cover. Theres some that have anatomical gel padding. Wear supportive, sturdy-soled shoes if you don't have cycling-specific shoes. The more you ride, the less painful most saddles will become.
HYDRATE! Spinning is a serious workout if you really put the effort into it. It's a lot of fun, and will strengthen your knees, really sculpt your legs and toosh, and far less torturous on your joints that running is, without sacrificing any cardio benefits. A lot of long-distance runners often convert to cycling after their knees have gone.
Have fun!!

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 7:35 PM

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