Spin class

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    Mar 23, 2010 10:52 AM GMT
    So I have been tricked into taking a 1:15min spin class. As I signed up ofc I was told this is tough stuff with a lot of high intensity intervals, been running HIITt but max 15 min. I heard spin class is pure masochism, exaggeration or am I in for a selfkill here ? i wonder if i should bring a 2l bottle of liquid, draft a will ? How effective is spin class for cardio ?
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    Mar 23, 2010 12:38 PM GMT
    Librarian saidSo I have been tricked into taking a 1:15min spin class. As I signed up ofc I was told this is tough stuff with a lot of high intensity intervals, been running HIITt but max 15 min. I heard spin class is pure masochism, exaggeration or am I in for a selfkill here ? i wonder if i should bring a 2l bottle of liquid, draft a will ? How effective is spin class for cardio ?


    I do a spinning class for 45 minutes when my friends can convince me to do so. It's tough as hell and it is intense. The HIIT is different than running because you are actually adding resistance to the bike as you are climbing/going up a hill. I bring a large bottle of water and a cytosport protien drink that I buy there. I also do it in a tank instead of a cotton shirt as everyone is just pouring sweat and if you are not sweating, you are doing it wrong lol.
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    Mar 23, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    as a spin instructor, i know that some of my participants have that experience, but many don't. you have to be aware of what your body can handle when jacking up your heart rate that high. a good instructor will offer you a variety of choices so that if you don't want to go full out you can still get a good workout without killing yourself. listen to your body to understand how much you can handle and don't over-exert yourself. hopefully, your instructor is using a scale of perceived exertion so you know what your seven is compared to someone else's. p.s., please, please, please have the instructor personally fit you when you get on the bike. show up a little early and ask. that's one of the easiest ways to hurt yourself. and i go through about 40 ounces for a one hour class.
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    Mar 23, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    I love Spin, I've been doing it for years and currently make it twice a week for 45 min classes. Calibro's advice is spot on. Definitely bring water--at some gyms they won't let you into the class without it.
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    Mar 23, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Librarian saidi wonder if i should bring a 2l bottle of liquid, draft a will ? How effective is spin class for cardio ?

    Bring A LOT of water and drink as needed, the studio gets UBER UBER hot.


    Spin is probably one of the best cardio workouts period. It is only slightly beaten by high personal-exertion running for the same duration.

    One thing to remember, is it is your workout, not the people around you. Go at your pace.


    (p.s. I teach cycling 4 times a week)
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    Mar 23, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    Yeah, bring a lot of water. This one dude in the last spin class I took literally had a puddle under him from all his sweat... looked like he pissed himself haha.
  • jon92027

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    Mar 23, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    I LOVE SPIN, I take classes 1-2 times a week, and do it by myself at the gym a few times as week as well, be sure to have lots of water, I tyr to bring two towels as well, a must if you are a heavy sweater

    also after my first class, my butt/tailbone were pretty sore, (and not n a good way). I went out a bought some padded short liners, like bike shorts, but designed to be worn under gym shorts. they were a lifesaver, I have not had problems with a sore backside ever since
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    Mar 23, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    I used to go for 45 min spin class once every week, but after loosing a lot of weight quit, else I would have just disappeared.
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    Mar 24, 2010 5:06 AM GMT

    i don't like it much. I want the outdoors, the technical trails, if i 'm going to spit my lungs out i want to be climbing something. i need the satisfaction that i conquered something .

    i gave it a try twice last december . I made it really hard but still a few times found myself looking at the clock . ..
    the instructor was very dynamic , and at times kept saying we needed to push with all we had...how ? my bike was already turned to max tension.

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    Mar 24, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    I used to do it twice a week for an hour. It's great for cardio, melting fat, building endurance, toning legs. But it really comes down to the instructor. I had a great one, then I moved, and haven't found one yet that was nearly as good. But hey, it's always good to try something new, you never know until you do.
    Bring water, two liters maybe excessive. You can always get off the bike too, to refill and catch a quick breather if need be.
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    Mar 25, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    I instruct spin class 3x a week. The majority of the participants are guys who have done it for quite a while and they like to be pushed very hard--though there is one woman who usually kicks all of our butts. When I have a newbie I do always let them know to go at their own pace regardless of what the others are doing. We usually tell the new people that it takes about 2 weeks to get adjusted to spinning.

    It is well worth it and I highly recommend it. If it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger. icon_twisted.gif
    I prefer to wear moisture wicking material (under armour) and it is completely wet when I am through--so be prepared to sweat. Also, padded shorts are nice if you plan to continue.

    Spinning is great cardio workout and as said above will tone your legs. I wear a HR monitor and my HR usually peaks at about 180 bpm during full on sprints. You can also add more tension if you are wanting to build some leg muscle. There are some various examples of spinnng classes on you tube. Check them out to see what it's like and good luck to you.
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    Mar 26, 2010 11:02 AM GMT
    Thx for all the tips, it was really awesome 50 minutes,was cut short, tried to pace myself a bit for the first time, padded shorts were a lifesaver. Great great workout with awesome music, was like being on a night out almost hehe, the large towel sure was a good investment icon_razz.gif gonna do this 2x a week now.

    770kcal in 48 min.. pretty good. Really weird was how short the intervals were was expecting more of a show in the graph.
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