Spinning/cycling class!

  • reload16

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    Aug 28, 2008 7:24 AM GMT
    I heard that spinning classes burn insane amount of calories. And those people were right!! I took my first spinning class today. And my bum and legs are already very soreicon_biggrin.gif I never seen so much sweat pouring out of me in that hour. I thought I was going to be carried out in a stretcher. But I survived the whole class. Lots of people left before the hour was up. I did cycling and biking on my own before. But never taken a class. Wow!! lol

    Anyone else have this experience? hehe

    I am going to take another spin class this sunday. hopefully I can walk tommorow icon_eek.gif

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    Aug 28, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    I am doing it on Mondays. It really kicks your ass. I love the burn. It is a really good work out and you are right. I have never sweated so much. Keep up the good work!
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    Aug 28, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    I am a HUGE fan of Spinning!!! Do it as often as I can! However keep in mind your posture, that is VERY important!!! Cycling shoes also make a HUGE difference!!!
  • VinBaltimore

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    Aug 28, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    a1972guy said Cycling shoes also make a HUGE difference!!!


    Really?! I thought that was just hype from the instructor. But if you say so I guess I'll have to go and buy them!

    I take my class on Mondays too, George! I'll be thinking of you next time I'm on that bike!
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    Aug 28, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    Ok Vin, I will race you!icon_smile.gif
  • reload16

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    Aug 29, 2008 7:38 AM GMT
    my gastrocnemius, hamstrings, quadricipes and gluteals are still very sore 24 hours later. icon_sad.gif I couldn't walk as fast today. lol. I hope next time I do spinning class it won't be as sore. lol


  • Laurence

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    Sep 02, 2008 9:49 AM GMT
    I do spinning classes and circuit training too.

    Like all exercise, it's best to vary it and get lots of muscle groups.

    Good luck.

    Loz
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    Sep 02, 2008 11:32 AM GMT
    Do your thighs need to be any bigger, Loz?
  • Koaa2

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    Sep 03, 2008 10:01 AM GMT
    I do spinning twice a week, love it, only gets better. The instructor makes a big difference in the workout, so search for different classes if you have that option.
  • txtri02

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    Jul 14, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    If you want to see an insane amount of sweat do Bikram yoga. You'll sweat the weight of a toddler out.
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    Jul 14, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    spinning is great. make sure you stay hydrated during and after the class and don't skip or skimp on stretching afterward. or you won't love it as much the next morning. :-)
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    Jul 14, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
    I was always terrified of taking a spin class because they looked so intense. But, my last trainer convinced me to start taking them (thankfully at this gym, there were only five people in the class). Now I absolutely love them. Depending on my schedule, I'll take 2-3 per week.

    I definitely agree the shoes are a big help!

    The classes will get easier over time. But, don't slack off, just work harder!
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    Jul 14, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    txtri02 saidIf you want to see an insane amount of sweat do Bikram yoga. You'll sweat the weight of a toddler out.

    There is a big difference working your body temperature up to sweat insane amounts and walking into a room that is 140 degree F and doing yoga. Come take my spinning class. I wring sweat out of my shirt after every class and actually have to get the mop out for two of my participants who are large sweaters. It is revolting but at the end of the day, I am happy it is a good workout.
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    Jul 15, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    Spin Class is freakin awesome! I began almost 4 weeks ago and go about 3 days a week. It's a great alternative to "Intense Cardio," however...if you're looking to lose those extra pounds watch the diet.

    But...yes, SWEAT, SORE, & FUN.....oh yea... the instructor too! icon_confused.gif
  • Koaa2

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    Jul 17, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    I think the instructors should be naked except for a jock!
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:12 PM GMT
    I am addicted to spin class. I love it more than life itself (well, hockey rates close, but since Im injured due to hockey, it's having a time out).

    But yeah, spin class rocks.
  • neon4u

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    Jul 17, 2009 12:47 PM GMT
    I love taking spin too... it's a great cardio workout and adds variety to running or the ellipticals. I can also wear my one piece unitard with plunging chest during the class.... love ya all...
  • GoodPup

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    Jul 17, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    I love it... been teaching it for 4 years now. Right now I do 3-4 times a week. Although, even though it burns a lot of calories in that one hour, I discovered I burn even more calories going out dancing for the night where it is like 5 hours of line dancing at the country bar. haha!
  • scguy157

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    Jul 17, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    spin classes is just about the only cardio that rocks every time u do it... I love the burn and the challenge that the workout gives... I just moved to Houston, and the spin classes that i have attended are nothing like the ones in Greenville, SC. In Greenville, we yell, talk trash, hoop and holler, and its like a rush the whole time... here in Houston... it is dead quiet... except for the music and the instructors directions, and of course ME... lol
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    Jul 18, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    I go to Spin class 3 days a week. The initial classes were really tough. But my body got used to it after the first week. It just feels great to finish an hour class.
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    Jul 18, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    I'm a long-time outdoor cyclist and really couldn't understand the appeal of these classes. Cycling = spending a lot of great time outdoors, fresh air, quiet space in your head, getting somewhere interesting with great sights along the way. So the idea of cycling indoors, in a sweaty hot room, with someone else's music blaring, sitting on someone's else's equipment, going nowhere like a guinea pig for an hour, seemed perfectly ridiculous to me. Why would I do it, if I could get on my own bike and go for a ride anywhere here in the SF Bay Area? But we had a particularly rainy winter and the spinning classes at the gym were free and at 6:30am, perfect time for me, so I gave it shot.

    I'm sold, with a few reservations. The benefits of the intense conditioning people have already talked about, and it's great to get my cardio out of the way early in the day, for metabolic and schedule reasons. And the equipment is pretty darn comfortable and feels like a real bike--that sort of surprised me, but I'm glad of it. But on top of that, our classes are run by real cyclists, so there is a fair bit of extremely useful technical drilling that goes on which has definitely improved my regular riding technique and has done amazing work on increasing my strength for all the hill riding we do around here in the Bay Area. You can really go all out indoors--sprinting, standing, going to the limit of your conditioning--without having to worry about safety concerns, road conditions, cars or getting home. So that's a BIG plus in my book.

    Reservations: Some of the female instructors seem to feel they have to prove their masculinity, which is a little hard to take at 6:30pm. The male instructors are more laid back in personal style but just as intense about the workout. Also, sometime the music can be pretty tough to swallow--one memorable night was listening to Philip Glass's Satyagratha for an hour, not what I would call cycling music. And not a whole lot of instructors really have the taste for the kind of Euro-techno-trance I do. But I've made my own playlists and do my own thing about twice a week, as well as going to 2-3 classes a week, on top of my regular cycling, so it's really added an important cross-training dimension to my riding.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 18, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    Spinning classes are a staple for me twice a week. One of the best real cardio workouts I know of that tends to work your entire body and really make you sweat. I always have such an endorphin high after class -- feels great. The key is find ing a good instructor who can push you and who also has the right music to keep you motivated.
  • art_smass

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    Sep 06, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    I've been an instructor for almost as long as the bikes have been manufactured. Here are a few things that I've learned:

    #1: People will tell you that your shoes are important, but what's more important is your foot position. Don't lead into your toes, and always be conscious of the upstroke.

    #2: Sit on your ass, not your crotch, if you want to use your penis in the future.

    #3: There are several styles of spinning, including functional training for outdoor cyclists. However, the spin bike has a fixed base of support that allows for a wider range of activities on the bike without fear of falling off the bike, favoring a more fitness/core-based class. Neither style is right or wrong, and a competent instructor should be able to make either class safe and enjoyable.

    #4: A spin bike is not a bike. There is no locomotion and therefore comparing spinning to regular cycling to defend a particular style of spinning is a dead-end argument. Spin professionals who claim that "non-functional" styles of leading spin classes are dangerous have no evidence to support their claims. Believe me, I've been lecturing on this point for five years. People contract me to deliver workshops on the history of misinformation in development of spin bike training.

    The most disturbing thing about the controversy is that rival training companies are sponsored by rival spin bike manufacturers. It's all big business, and the company with the biggest bankroll seems to be spreading the most misinformation about indoor cycling, regardless of the scientific evidence that has been presented in the past. Keiser's training protocol from ten years ago, although not perfect, was perfectly safe when delivered by a competent instructor. Anything you hear from Mad Dogg Spin to the contrary is only backed up by anecdotal evidence, embarrassingly flawed logic and opinion.

    #5: The worst thing about spin classes is that the instructors generally need a lower level of professional skills and training. This results in the misinterpretation of training information and the perpetuation of the "myths" that plague the discipline. If you're doing something that hurts your legs, chances are it's not good for you, so don't let the instructor tell you it is good for you. Don't do things that take your knees out of their normal range of motion. Don't do things that leave your lower back unsupported while you push hard into your pedals. Don't spend the entire time on the bike trying to get the tension to a place where your quads are trying to do all the work. You'll have no knees left in a few years if you do.

    I could go on all day, but I won't. I'm teaching a class in fifty minutes.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 06, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    dancedd saidI heard that spinning classes burn insane amount of calories. And those people were right!! I took my first spinning class today. And my bum and legs are already very soreicon_biggrin.gif I never seen so much sweat pouring out of me in that hour. I thought I was going to be carried out in a stretcher. But I survived the whole class. Lots of people left before the hour was up. I did cycling and biking on my own before. But never taken a class. Wow!! lol

    Anyone else have this experience? hehe

    I am going to take another spin class this sunday. hopefully I can walk tommorow icon_eek.gif




    I have been doing spinning classes for years and in my opinion it's one of the best cardio workouts there is and you leave with such an amazing endorphin high. That said, for those who are just starting out, it's really important to pace yourself. Better to go balls-to-the-wall in the class and only last 15 minutes, then to try and finish the class and not give it your all. Start out doing 15 minutes, next time maybe 20, then 25, then 30 and work up to where you can really push yourself through the whole class.
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    Sep 06, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    Just discovered spin at my gym - and getting amazing results physically and mentally! I've been hitting it at 24 hour and have tried different instructors to see which is the best for me. It's one of the best cardio workouts I've ever been a part of and all of the instructors have been very motivational. You still can set your own pace but they will push you! Of course, there is a gay instructor who plays all the all best music. Wouldn't expect anything less.

    Good tips there art_smass!