Spin/Cycling Classes

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    Jun 05, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    I've been thinking about taking some of the spin/cycling classes that my gym offers, because I kind of hate my legs...no matter how much I work them out (lifting) I can't seem to get them to where I want them to be...and while I was on vacation I saw a couple of cyclists and they all have really great legs (and calves, which is my main concern)...

    But, are cycling/spin classes going to be as effective as just going outside and riding an actual bike (which sounds miserable in the AZ heat)? Does anyone take spin classes and have first-hand experience?

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    Jun 05, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    I took some spinning class. They are intense and pretty fun actually. As you said, with the heat in AZ it might be a good idea plus in the class you meet and make friends and hopefully have some eye candy.

    I would, however, be careful with the spinning classes. If you are trying to build up your legs you may or may not do it. In fact, you might end up burning off a lot of weight. Just watch out for that.
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    Jun 05, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    I'm not really trying to build them...after years of dancing they're somewhat disproportionately (in my head) large compared to my upper body, I just want them to look better haha
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    Jun 05, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    Pretty sure riding an actual bike and a spin bike are the same thing.

    I've done a spin class once and it was intense. Don't even bother lifting after a spin class cause you'll be dead (at least if you have the chick who ran my class). The leg workouts in P90X are by far the best workouts I've found and show almost instant results it seems. Google P90X Legs and Back and try and find out the moves, they're amazing.
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    Jun 05, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    Well cycling/spinning classes might help you sculpt them out. In any case, it's fun class to take.

    Have fun with it and best of luck.
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    Jun 05, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    As a spin-class veteran, starting around 2000 at Ballys, here's some tips.

    #1. Bring earplugs just in case. The music will be loud and these instructors are always being heard ABOVE the music. God help you if it's music mastered in the 60's. Off of CD, the treble is so bright it peels paint.

    #2 If you are tall, don't rely on the foot cages or you will be on your toes for an hour.

    Go to a bike shop, get a pair of bicycle shoes with Shimano Clips (assuming the bikes in your gym have these clips.)

    Have fun.
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    Jun 05, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    dan_x saidPretty sure riding an actual bike and a spin bike are the same thing.


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    Jun 05, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
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    dan_x saidPretty sure riding an actual bike and a spin bike are the same thing.


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    As a spin instructor (Well ex-instructor anyway) this isn't true at all. It is like comparing a treadmill to running outdoors...not the same. An instructor can create a ride that is more geared towards actual riders, but in the end it isn't the same nor is it meant to be.

    As for taking an actual spin class 7famark, I would give spinning a few shots. Reason being, the first class may not be the most enjoyable one because like any new work out, it can be exhausting and painful, and you have to find a instructor that you like. Not all instructors are the same whether it be music, teaching style, etc. If you have the right instructor, spinning is just awesome and can be quite addicting.

    Spinning is also excellent cross training and you will notice a different in your running and biking if you incorporate spin classes in your work outs.

    And...just some warnings/advice.

    Unless you use a cushion, your ass is going to hurt for the first week or two you start spinning. For your first few classes i would advice against using the full resistance an instructor may ask for, reason being, you need to get used to the motions and different positions on the bike. NEVER go out of the seat, positions "2" and "3", with no/light resistance...it is dangerous and you could fall off. I would also advise to avoid doing sprints on the bike for at least a week or two. Generally i would advise more but since you are young and fit you are more likely to adjust to the fluctuations of your heart rate faster than most beginners.

    Hope this helps.

    Just ease into it if you are serious about taking the classes.

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    Jun 05, 2012 11:51 AM GMT
    7Famark saidI've been thinking about taking some of the spin/cycling classes that my gym offers, because I kind of hate my legs...no matter how much I work them out (lifting) I can't seem to get them to where I want them to be...and while I was on vacation I saw a couple of cyclists and they all have really great legs (and calves, which is my main concern)...

    But, are cycling/spin classes going to be as effective as just going outside and riding an actual bike (which sounds miserable in the AZ heat)? Does anyone take spin classes and have first-hand experience?



    Spin classes are a great workout, good for conditioning, etc. I usually do them in the off-season, when weather in New England won't permit riding outdoors. It's a LOT different than riding outdoors, as the instructors are generally putting you into positions that you would seldom be in if the bike was actually moving. You sweat a shit-ton and it's really good for toning/shaping the glutes, quads and hamstrings. I haven't found it to be that effective on my calves though, which is a sore point for me also.
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    Jun 05, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    7Famark saidI'm not really trying to build them...after years of dancing they're somewhat disproportionately (in my head) large compared to my upper body, I just want them to look better haha


    Same problem in terms of the disproportion. Years of Athletics and dance are to blame in my case. Athletics kept them looking good though icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    7Famark saidI've been thinking about taking some of the spin/cycling classes that my gym offers, because I kind of hate my legs...no matter how much I work them out (lifting) I can't seem to get them to where I want them to be...and while I was on vacation I saw a couple of cyclists and they all have really great legs (and calves, which is my main concern)...

    But, are cycling/spin classes going to be as effective as just going outside and riding an actual bike (which sounds miserable in the AZ heat)? Does anyone take spin classes and have first-hand experience?



    As a cyclist, I take spin classes during the winter to keep up the cardiovascular endurance and to work on my pedaling technique. If you're religious about but it, they can sculpt your legs (quads and calves) and give you that cyclist leg look. If that's your goal, I think you'll be fine with spin.

    But I'll agree that training on spin bikes and riding road or mountain bikes are not the same. Road cycling, and especially mountain biking, require a little more balance, handling skills, and upper body strength (more so on MTB). Personally, I prefer the outdoors. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    I do spin classes quite often...especially during the summer since it's just too damn hot to bike outside. I think it's as good as it gets in terms of great cardio workout, definitely tones legs and butt