Spinning is FUN! Our team, of course, tries to incorporate spinning or cycling into our daily workout regime and it rocks. Spinning has many benefits including caloric burn, endurance and cardiovascular training, building lean muscle definition as well as versatile classes to suit different styles and tastes, and so much more.
Few fitness options are as dynamic, enjoyable and accommodating as spinning, but here are a few tips to ensure your first class is a success:
1. Pedal at your own speed and remember to breathe.
You’re pedaling as hard as you can, you look around you and everyone is going for it, the music is blasting, but you still need to remember to focus on your breath - controlled breathing will help to make the class more enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to take a break, pedal slower or decrease your resistance.
2. Stay hydrated!
Make sure to bring a large water bottle and a towel, as you are bound to work up quite a sweat.
3. Make friends!
There is nothing to be nervous about, most likely there will be tons of other first-timers in the class with you. Spin is typically a very supportive environment - don’t be afraid to ask the instructor for help before or after class or talk to other people in the class about their experience; this is how you build a great spin community which will soon begin to feel like old friends!
4. Get there early.
Each studio will require a different arrival time but they typically ask you to arrive 10-15 minutes early to ensure proper bike set-up, find cycling shoes that fit and avoid last minute stress.
Don’t forget to refuel post-spin! Spinning can burn a ton of calories in a short period of time, so your body may need some help recovering! Our team loves to have a simple protein shake or a peanut butter smoothie post workout to give us those all-important building blocks for muscle repair.
Perfect Peanut Butter Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 whole banana
- A scoop of peanut or almond butter
- A handful of chia seeds
- A dash of cinnamon
- Half a cup of almond milk (add more or less depending on your desired consistency)
This smoothie not only tastes absolutely delicious, but will provide long-lasting energy and help to revive your tired body.
6. Explore Class Dynamics.
Each spin class or studio has its own unique culture and environment which can easily be determined by reading their website or looking at their social media. It is important to start by deciding what your health goals are, why are you going, and what kind of environment and level of intensity you’re looking for; then do a deep dive in order to find the class or studio that will best suit your needs.
Thank you for reading - stay tuned for more cycling, fitness, health and wellness posts!