I'm curious, how did you like your spin class? I find there's usually an instructor I like more than the others. For me, it's one who gives various options depending on how much of a challenge I need that day. Also, music choice is BIG for me.
11/17/12 7:10 A
Thanks! I will definatly not push too hard, I want to stick with it and have fun!
Take heaps of water, and sip during the breaks. Take a towel, you will need it! Go at your own pace, especially for your first class. No one knows your resistance except for you, and no one cares, really. It is your workout, you get to call the shots!
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11/17/12 12:17 A
I haven't done one but friends who have are now addicted....
11/16/12 8:59 P
Great! I am excited about this!!! The tip about the towel is great!
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115 11/16/12 8:56 P
I've been taking them for the last 6 weeks, about twice a week. I LOVE THEM!
At my gym, each instructor is just a little bit different. They all play music and each song is dedicated to a long climb, interval climbs, interval sprints, or just a long endurance ride. You pick a starting "easy" gear, and return to this often for a minute or two of recovery (usually in between songs). Some instructors focus on RPMs -- have the gear high/hard enough to just barely keep 60-70 RPM for a climb, then go lower/easier to go to 100 RPM for a sprint. Some go for watts (a measure of power output). Some focus on adding a several gears for a climb, reducing a few for recovery, then adding only a few and pedaling fast for a sprint. They do a good job of mixing it up and keeping you guessing -- it hasn't been the same class twice.
Check to see if you need to bring water (you probably do), and if you have clipless cycling shoes, see if yours are compatible with the gym's. No, you don't NEED the cycling shoes -- they're pricey and the toe clips on the bikes are almost as good (I'd say just as good, though serious cyclists will disagree). At my gym, there are only 2 people that have clipless shoes, and none of them are instructors. If you have bicycle shorts with a chamois, I'd wear them the first time and see if you need them (I don't -- these seats are padded unlike my road bike, but about half the others won't ride without them). If you don't have them, don't worry -- just wear some sort of shorts (pants can get caught in the pedals).
The thing I really like is that they are really self-paced. You can start at gear 12 and max out the bike at gear 24 for climbs and max out the RPMs at 140 (that's NOT me). Or you can start at gear 12 and only go to gear 14 (that was my first time; I've extended my range to about 17). Or start at gear 3 and go up maybe 5 more (like two of the ladies next to me). You can stay on the low end of the watts/gears/RPMs or push yourself to the high end. You're in control. Nobody can see your bicycle's computer -- all they see is your effort, and there's a wide range of levels of effort in the class.
If you like working on the stationary bike, you'll probably love spin class! Be prepared to sweat. Bring your heart rate monitor if you have one (if you don't, don't worry about it). Make sure you have a towel, too. And most of all -- HAVE FUN!
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11,801 11/16/12 8:50 P
Yes, I love the spin classes at my gym! When you go, let the instructor know and he/she will help you get your bike set up and show you how to use it. The nice thing about spinning is you can make the workout truly your own by adjusting the bike's resistance.
11/16/12 8:13 P
I am taking a spin class the Wed. after thanksgiving. Has anyone taken one? I have a bike on a stationary stand that I can go for an hour on and love it. I was just wondering what they were like! Amaris
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