as an instructor, I don't believe the certification means less, I think more instructors want to make a statement of "look at me" or believe that they have to "do better" than everyone in the class
no I don't think that way - in fact the class is not my workout it is the workout for those that come - whether I get a workout is irrelevant it is my job to ensure the safety and fun of those that come
60 sec sprints may be ok for a true competitive biker - not so much for the lay person or general participants in a spin class - as a sprint is really only good for maybe 20 seconds if you are going all out
if that is how that instructor teaches and you want to take that class, it is ok to provide feedback in a positive way or do the sprint for the 10 - 20 seconds that you can go all out for
just be safe and only you can really monitor you
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Are these out of the saddle sprints or seated? Do they provide you with an RPM? Do you have enough resistance on the flywheel?
A full max sprint is only good for a few seconds. Dangerous on a spinning bike if you don't know where the brake is and have on enough resistance. I would say 150 to maybe 220 RPM, some track sprinters can do that. For many 120 is max. If you go with little resistance once you slow the 40lb flywheel can really hurt you, ankle, Achilles, knees, or the foot can come out and you will get nailed by the free spinning pedals. Know where the brake is and use it.
This also depends on position, form, experience, etc. If you can do 120 rpm for a minutes that is good. 150 is awesome with some resistance and no bouncing. Do what you can without bouncing. If you feel you are out of your envelope make a modification and back off. Do 10 sec on and 10 off.
Remember the class is about you! Protect you.
I can't comment on the instructor unless I was in the class and got the entire picture. Some are there teach, guide, and looking out for you and others are there to say, "look at me".
Does anyone know the official rules of spinning when it comes to sprints? My instructor will have us doing sprints for sometimes up to 60 seconds. I've had people tell me that. This is dangerous and my "instructor should know better".
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