Spinning

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    Sep 19, 2007 2:20 PM GMT
    how many times a week should i take spinning classes?
  • art_smass

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    Sep 19, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    I've taught for years, and I've always drawn the line at two classes a week for my own well-being. Both physical and mental burnout become an issue when you depend upon one activity for cardiovascular fitness.

    I've read in Keiser's literature that they suggest limiting yourself to three classes a week. I don't know if Schwinn suggests the same, but it's quite likely they do.
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    Sep 20, 2007 1:22 PM GMT
    that class is nuts. did it once and im not so sure ill do it again.
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    Sep 20, 2007 2:13 PM GMT
    Aww, Ryan. It's fun. I led a learn-to-spin workshop on Saturday for people who wanted to get over the initial shock of attending a spin class. Forty minutes of the class was spent simply getting the participants set up on the bikes. The class can be overwhelming (depending upon the sadistic tendencies of the instructor), but I always tell people that it takes about three classes to feel comfortable with the equipment. It never gets easy after that, but it does get bearable.

    One thing I do notice with new participants is that people generally use too much tension when they aren't familiar with the class. Try it again, but don't be so eager to make your legs burn. The cardio benefits from the class come from learning how to handle variable, unpredictable intensity. It's almost impossible to do that if you're treating the equipment as if it's a leg press.
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    Sep 24, 2007 6:21 AM GMT
    maybe if I had gone to a class like that I'd give it another try. The instructor is pretty cool actually. Shes the head of all the classes at my gym and it was after her third class so by then she was tired but still it was an ass kicking. Maybe i should give it another shot. Thanks for the info.