Get Ready to Ride With This Spin Class Guide


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So you've heard about the body-boosting benefits of spin class—who wouldn't love to burn 500 calories in 45 minutes?—but the thought of climbing onto a bike in a room full of cycling connoisseurs makes you want to sprint toward the treadmill. Not so fast!

Spinning isn't as scary as it might seem, we promise. This handy guide answers all of your questions—what to wear, what to bring, what to expect—so you'll be ready to ride in no time. Learn it, print the graphic and share it with other would-be spinners.

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  • 9
    Good article and I can only add, bring LOTS of water and the towel is a must. Haven't used the spin shoes and hasn't been a problem. have to remember to keep my heels down; first class I didn't do that and got a strain on the front of my ankle. And do what you can. - 6/21/2017   1:51:18 PM
  • 8
    I agree, bike shorts with padding help! - 1/5/2017   12:37:24 PM
  • 7
    Why is there no mention of padded biker shorts? Especially for some women. The LAST thing you want is to show up for a spin class, and not be comfortable to continue because your butt is so sore! I speak from experience. I'm really surprised the writer did not discuss this option. *scratching my head* - 1/1/2017   6:36:04 PM
  • 6
    I ABSOLUTELY love Spinning. I've been Spinning for close to 8 years now and simply love it. We have 30 and 45 minute classes. I've been at other gyms where they have 60 min classes. My only advice if starting out for the first time get some bike shorts with padding in the backside area. You will be sore for the first few weeks. Eventually won't need the padded shorts. Go at your own pace. Sure try to keep up with the instructor but do what you can and what your body is telling you, you can do. I've lost 60+ pounds and I owe a lot of it to Spinning. Don't care for running and this is a great cardio substitute. - 12/20/2016   11:38:37 AM
  • 5
    I typically avoid ANYTHING exercise bike related after having to "ride" as part of my physical therapy warmup post knee replacements. However, the challenge of a spin class just might be the thing to get me to change my mind. Regardless, the graphic and explanation of terms...a win! - 12/1/2016   7:53:18 AM
  • 4
    I know we are only to comment, but can you manage spinning with a painful back? - 11/30/2016   10:29:52 PM
  • 3
    Any tips to avoid the 'saddle soreness'. I have a VERY well-padded rear, but the seat hit me right on the bones. - 11/30/2016   10:04:23 PM
  • 2
    Great article covers all the basics! - 11/30/2016   1:24:43 PM
    Tip: It's your ride. Yes the instructor says stand up or go fast, at various times. Knees not up to it? Go at your own pace. Not all instructors are the same! They each have their own music. It's your ride, enjoy it! - 11/24/2016   4:29:31 AM

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