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What does everyone think to spinning classes???

Mon. Aug 20, 3:40pm

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great workout and it is tough to leave so you have to finish. It is almost like having a personal trainer work you out.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 3:45 PM

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Lots of sweating!

Bring water, a towel if your gym doesn't provide one, and pace yourself!

It's a great cardio workout, you can burn as much as one does running, if not more and it's less stressful on your joints! I love it!

Monday, August 20, 2007, 3:52 PM

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I am a certified instructor, so I'm biased =)

Classes are a lot of fun and hard work. Finding an instructor you like is important in the beginning. They've got to be motivating for you. This is different for everyone. Some people like gentle encouragement, others like guilt and some even like it a bit mean, just realize that they are there to motivate you, so don't take it to offense.

In the beginning, which for most people is about 1 month, take it easy. Start slow w/ a class or two a week and don't take all the add-ons. Push yourself comfortably. As your comfort level on the bike and your fitness improves, start pushing yourself. Try not to overdue it - which is really easy - b/c slow recoveries can be discouraging. If you really want to get into "spinning shape", which is different from running shape or other sports, you will need to attend at least 3 classes a week or start supplementing w/outdoor biking. If you want to use spininng as a once a week thing, that's great, just don't do all the add-ons. Even if you are in great shape it will be killer.

A few keys:
* It's your workout - how hard you work is up to you. Particpants who blame a bad instructor, bad music or boring fellow participants aren't really understanding that though it is group exercise, you are still the best person to motivate yourself

* It's your workout 2 - don't compare your cadence or tension to anyone else. everyone's different and bikes uniquely.

* Form is key - Make sure to have your bike properly fit and pay special attention to correct form initially. Problem w/biking injuries is b/c it's low impact they take awhile to surface. by that time your muscle memory will make it hard to correct, so just start correctly. If your studio has it, use the mirrors and look for keys to good form (ask instructor)

Good luck with it!

Monday, August 20, 2007, 4:11 PM

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I LOVE spinning. Its weirc cause whenevr I go to the classes I get a bit nervous and apprehensive cause I know how much im gonna sweat and work. But after I always feel great.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 4:54 PM

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4:11 has some great points. Spinning is hard and even if you are in great shape already it will be taxing on your body! Make sure you go at your own pace (push yourself but not too hard!)-the first time I went to a spinning class I ended up getting sick and having to leave during the last part of class, I overdid it!

Bring lots of water.

Show up to class a few minutes early, introduce yourself to the instructor, tell them you are new and ask them to show you how to adjust the bike for your build/comfort level.

Have fun!!!

Monday, August 20, 2007, 9:56 PM

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Question for the Certified Instructor:

You mentioned that Spinning shape is different from Running Shape...How?

Do you work only your lower body? Or does your whole body benefit?


Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 12:01 AM

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Each class of activity develops the body in different ways depending on the type - even though some are similar. Eg cycling and runnning devlop the lower body but in specific ways and therefore produce different results.
Both are great ways of increasing fitness, but not as good at burning fat as the intensity is often higher than the body requires to burn fat exclusively.
Depending on what you are looking for!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 1:52 AM

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Thanks for all the useful posts - I will book my first spinning class. I'm doing lots of other classes but wasn't sure how I'd enjoy this. Appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 7:59 AM

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To the Certified Instructor: What are the add-on's you mentioned? Thanks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 10:18 AM

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I love spinning too, but haven't done it in awhile. I do have a funny story to share. I encouraged my husband to go spinning with me, believing he was in relatively good shape. He got off the bike after about 10 minutes and couldn't walk normally for a week, he was so sore!!! Luckily he's a teacher and it happened over summer break. You really do have to go your own pace and don't set the tension so hard that you're going to hurt yourself.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 10:29 AM

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