I've been going to spinning classes for over a year at our YMCA. Around Christmas, they got a new set of bikes, and it has made a BIG difference! These ones have digital readouts for the gear settings and your RPMs, so it's much easier to keep track of my effort. I'm told that using the spinning shoes that clip on make a big difference, too (in terms of how your effort translates into muscles exercises), but I haven't bought any yet.
What makes a spinning class different from riding a standard stationary bike is that you have the instructor who has designed a workout - one day it might be a focus on hill climbing (increasing the resistance), another day it might focus on sprint intervals (pedaling fast at lower resistance levels), etc.
I actually take a "bike and tone" class, so after the 55-60 minute spinning section we spend about 15-20 minutes doing strength and toning exercises with weights, stability ball, etc.
- 3/18/2010 9:20:46 AM