I have been teaching spinning* / indoor cycling for 4 years now. Prior to that I took the class for about 4 or 5 years I think. I unfortunately do not remember the exact date that I fell in love with it 🙂
The first time I took it, I HATED it! I was never NEVER going back! Thank goodness I gave it another shot because after all of these years I still get stronger from it and still reap the rewards of my dedication to it.
So, let’s talk about it, as far as the common perspectives of the class:
- Only super, in shape, young people take spinning
- Spinning / Indoor cycling has the benefit of being a low impact workout, i.e. easy on the knees. Because of this it attracts a large audience. Former runners, dancers, actual cyclists, general people just wanting to get a workout. Because *you* are in control of the bike, and what you do with it, the class draws in a little bit of everyone! In my classes there is honestly no ‘dominant’ group of people in there. It’s usually about 60% female but age wise it goes from 20s up into the 50s. I LOVE that so many people can find their workout on the same equipment and in the same class!
- It is too much work
- You get out of the class what you put into it. You are in charge of your resistance, your speed, what you participate in. When new people come into class I actually encourage them to not jump in with both feet and instead to take it as it comes. It is about building trust with the bike, confidence and fluidity with the movements, and finding *your ride.* When that happens, however long that takes, everything else falls into place!
- I might die if I take spinning
- I’ve never had anyone die in class, nor pass out, nor get injured… It’s a safe and effective workout and most instructors are trained / certified and take continuing education in order to teach the class safely and correctly!
With it being a New Year people will start to try new things, whether it is exercise in general, new classes, or something else altogether.
What I advise people to do in regards to spinning / indoor cycling is this … walk into class with an open-mind. Be conservative on the work you do in your first class. Take breaks any time you need it. Come back at least 2 or 3 more tries before making up your mind.
Talk to the instructor. Introduce yourself, let them know you are new. We need to set the bike up so that it fits you properly during class. We can also help with any questions you may have!
Give it a shot … after all of these years spinning is still one of my favorite classes!
* (Spinning is a name owned by Mad Dogg, which is what I’m certified through. Other instructors can certify through other means however they cannot teach classes named “Spinning.” I always refer to it as Spinning because that is what I’ve been trained on but I’ll try to use both in here so I’m not confusing!)
If you have questions, let me know! I would love to help or give advice. Thanks for reading!
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