I am taking spin class one day a week because of arthritis in my left knee. It is so much easier on my knee. Go to the class a few minutes earlier so the instructor can show you how to set up your bike. I find it is a good workout. Good luck...........
Yes to everything posted here! I, too, have a nice case of arthritis in my knee and spinning doesn't bother it. I say go and let the instructor know you're new. Spin is one f my favoorites at my gym.
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3/12/13 4:46 P
also make sure you discuss proper form with the instructor (feet flat on the pedals, knees shouldn't go out to the side, etc)
I love spin! I'm there a minimum of twice a week, sometimes as often as 5 times
3/12/13 3:39 P
I have been thinking about this too, and have a bad knee myself. Thanks for the post!
3/12/13 2:49 P
Do it! Today was my second day in a spinning class. During the first one, I sometimes had to sit during sections of standing, etc., and had tight muscles in my legs. Today: kept up the whole time. Instructor said she finds your butt with hurt for the first three classes, then after that, you don't really notice.
Spinning is certainly not as hard on knees as something like running. Might try and see how you do -- you can warn the instructor ahead of time that you may be sneaking out if you experience knee pain.
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3/12/13 2:04 P
Spinning is a high intensity low impact class. Your knees should be fine. However, DO make sure that you get to class at least 5-10 minute before and let the instructor know that you are new. Do not just hop on a bike. You need to make sure the bike is properly adjusted for your height. Your instructor will show you how to set up the bike. If the bike isn't set up right, yes, that could hurt your knees.
Bring a bottle of water and a towel. You must stay hydrated during class. It gets very hot in that room and a person can dehydrate quickly from sweating.
Go at your own pace !! Don't feel you have to do what everyone else is doing. Some of those people may have been taking class for years. It takes a few classes before you get used to it. also, your butt is going to hurt. those bike seats are not comfortable and take time to get used to. Sitting on a spinning bike can feel uncomfortable.
And check to see if there is a sign up sheet at the desk. Because there are a limited number of bikes, most gyms require a person sign up for one. check for that list and sign up before going into the room. if the class is full, you'll have to try it another time.
Mostly, enjoy yourself and do what you can. exercise should be fun.
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3/12/13 1:44 P
I am thinking about trying a spin class but I have a bad knee. Are these classes hard on your joints? Should I just try it once to see how it affects the knee? Any input is welcome! Thank you!
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