Spin Intervals with Cross Training? Ideas, people!

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    May 19, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    So I'm a Spin instructor and I have a reputation of being one of the more challenging ones. Don't get me wrong - I like to just cruise on the pedals as much as the next person, but if there's no push to be better, there's no way to get better, right?

    I've recently been kicking up my personal training sessions and my PT has been giving me ideas (I'm also studying to be a trainer, but that's another story) about how to mix up the class.

    Because Spin works out the major leg muscles and the core, I've found that not a lot of people have strong arm muscles - granted strength in this area is of secondary, even tertiary importance, but it's still necessary, nonetheless.

    Here's my proposal: if you signed up for Spin and I, at the beginning, told you we will be doing cross-training to incorporate arm strength as well as leg strength, would you feel "gipped", so to speak, that you aren't fully spinning? What I mean to say is, your legs will still be moving but you will be doing one- and two-arm pushups to help strengthen that upper body. I plan on doing one side first, then cross over to the other side, but concentrate on the legs - isolate the movement and pedal stroke. Then, a break and then do the opposing side. I think 4 or 5 sets would work well. I will still be incorporating other forms of HIIT along with this - and we're there for 1 hour, so there's a workout involved regardless.

    What do you think? Is this something people would enjoy, or should I just stick with a single routine?
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    May 19, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    I teach spin as well. Who are you certified through? I generally think it's not safe or correct form to do combination classes like this.

    Spin with proper form and do your weight training before or after

    The Spinning company also does not condone this sort of class.
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    May 21, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    Certified through Schwinn. I wasn't thinking of doing weights. I've been doing a lot of Carmichael's drills and whatnot lately, but one thing I've noticed with my particular class is that a lot of them don't really have good form. The shoulders slouch, the elbows lock or bow out instead of staying medial, the head drops. Core strength is integral to spinning and I just have a lot of Noobs icon_eek.gif

    I'm not having them do weights. One thing I did last year with a trainer was to use your body as the weight - adjusting the resistance to a firm and steady level and pedal sans hands on the bars to work the core. Worked wonders and it shows how really important it is to have a strong core (granted there will be an out for those who can't keep it up for the entire time I want them to). The importance of a strong core was something Schwinn made clear, unless I misunderstood that part.
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    Dec 26, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    I used to participate in the exact type of spin class you described & I loved it. Very challenging!! People who didn't want to get off the bike just stayed on and waited for the rest of us to come back. Usually there would only would be 1 or 2 people that would stay on the bike while the rest of us (10 or so) would crosstrain. Let me know how it turns out for you.
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    Mar 04, 2011 7:40 AM GMT
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