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FITNESS386 SparkPoints: (19,524)
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5/14/13 5:09 P

Always ask the instructor to help you set up your bike correctly. Once the class starts the instructor will turn off the lights and turn up the music extremely loud. You might want to bring some ear plugs so that your eardrums won't go into shock. Remember that you're there for yourself so push yourself but make sure that you don't push yourself too much that you end up fainting. Have fun in spinning and keep hydrated!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (228,565)
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5/14/13 4:37 P

I get to take a full class with a new instructor tonight. When he was applying for the job, he took over for half of one of the classes I was in. He was AWESOME! Very different.

that's another thing - each instructor is different (from my experience). If you don't really care for the instructor, but you like the exercise, try a different class. Some personalities just don't mesh well.

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
5/14/13 4:25 P

I've only been spinning for a it ! I try to get a bike under the ceiling fan to hopefully stay a little cooler. My first class was fun, but very difficult; I found out I had the gears too high for my fitness level. The next class, I adjusted and have been happily spinning since. It a great workout with tons of various routines. I even spin outside of class as an alternative cardio workout. Enjoy the ride!!!!

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5/14/13 4:06 P

What others have said is correct. Make sure you get to class a few minutes early so that the instructor can help set you up on the bike. Also, don't just walk into the room. Check to see if there is a sign up sheet. because there are a limited number of bikes, some classes may require a sign up sheet. If so, make sure you sign up. It's not unusual for people to get into fights over the bikes. And yes, as an instructor, I've had to break up fights over bikes.

Anyway, do make sure you bring a BIG bottle of water. Try to avoid sitting in the back if you're in a small room. Small spin rooms can get very hot and very stuffy. So, you may find it slightly more comfortable sitting near the front.

Also, look where the speakers are. The music can get very loud. So, try to avoid being near the speakers.

Mostly, have fun. Don't worry about having to do everything that the teacher is doing. it's your first class. Work at your own pace. If you have an instructor that tells you that you have to do X, Y and Z. take a different class. This is YOUR class, not theirs. So, if you want to sit and ride for the whole class, that's fine.

Like I said, just have fun. Learning the choreography takes time and yes, there is spinning choreography.

enjoy !

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5/14/13 2:38 P

@ Kat - I totally agree on the spin shoes. I took classes for several years before I made that investment. Yes, I can tell a difference, but it's nothing you HAVE to have.

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5/14/13 1:44 P

I love spinning. I started it back in December when I was bored with my cardio routine and I wanted to be in the best shape for outdoor cycling.

Like another poster said, get to the class early and tell the instructor you are new and need help setting up your bike. You'll be surprised how many people just hop on the bike and start peddling. You need to make sure you are fitted correctly otherwise you'll start getting back, hip, and knee pain. Also, when the instructor sets the bike up for you, take note on the settings. The seat and handle bars have a number so once you are set up correctly it's easy to go in and adjust to the correct setting.

The bike will have a knob. That knob is the resistance. During class your instructor will tell you to increase/decrease resistance by turning it so many times. The best part of spin class is that you can adjust the resistance to any level you feel comfortable with and nobody else in the class will know. I've gone to class where I wanted an easy workout so I started out easy and only did the half the turns the instructor suggested.

Your butt will be sore but you will get used to it. I will generally wear padded shorts but sometimes I don't and it doesn't seem to be an issue anymore.

You will also notice that people wear spin shoes. I wouldn't invest in a pair of those until you know you will stick with spinning since they cost about $100. The advatage of spin shoes is that it prevents your shoes from slipping out of the toe cages. It also distributes the work between your quads and hamstrings (you use your hamstrings more than your quads when you cycle).

As for clothing, try not to wear loose fitting shorts or yoga type pants. Capri's and spandex shorts work best. Also, a tech shirt is great because it wicks away moisture and I guarantee you will sweat a lot. Make sure you bring water and a towel.

You can burn a ton of calories spinning. You can make it as easy or hard as you want and afterwards you will feel like you had a great workout. Spinning has really helped me with outdoor cycling and running. My legs are stronger and more toned and my endurance has improved.

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5/14/13 10:41 A

get to the class 5 or 10 min early. Let the instructor know you've never taken spin before & they will help you set up your bike. They will also school you on proper form (flat pedal strokes, relax your upper body, core engaged, etc)
take a big water bottle and a towel.
have fun!

if your ears are sensitive to LOUD music, you may want to take some earplugs. I can still hear the music and the instructor, but the decibel level is better with my earplugs

(and Zorbs is right emoticon )

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (183,796)
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5/14/13 10:22 A

Your butt will hurt but you'll build up a tolerance after about 5 classes.

HOT4FITNESS Posts: 2,722
5/14/13 10:08 A

Ok i am going to be taking a spinning class next week. Never tried Spinning before. Any spinners out there want to let me know what to expect?

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