Wednesday, July 27, 2011
If you’ve ever thought of taking a Spinning class, I recommend it. I am in a class at my gym two days a week, and I love the results I’m seeing. Many gyms will let you sign up for the classes they offer (for a fee, of course) without actually joining the gym. Some local recreation centers and YMCAs also may have classes. But I really support this for quickly strengthening your legs, abs, and hear and for burning calories efficiently. But there are some things to keep in mind before you do.
1. First, be sure you do your stretching exercises before hand, particularly your legs. Some muscle cramps and soreness cannot be avoided, but proper stretching and warm-up exercises can help minimize the effect.
2. Second, adjust the seat’s height and angle to suit your comfort level. The seat should allow for your knees to bend at a 25 degree angle.
3. Next, adjust the handlebar height so that you do not encournter undue stress and strain on your neck and back. In most cases, it should be about the same height as the seat.
4. Last and most importantly, don’t overdo it if you cannot keep up with the rest of the class. Pushing yourself is encouraged. But don’t push too much and cause an injury. If you have to slow down your pace, do so and pick it back up if you are able.
A good instructor will help you with these and other great tips to make it a pleasant experience for you. But just like in grade school and college, some instructors are better than others, and you may need to take charge of your fitness and not rely on the instructor if he or she isn’t too attentive.
I enjoy Spinning and wish I had done it sooner. If you have done it, I’d love to hear what you think.