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What Can You Expect from Your First Spin Class?

If you enjoy bike riding, spin class will be right up your alley.

(Spin® is a trademark of Mad Dogg Athletics.)

So you’re thinking about taking a spin class. Maybe you’re already in shape and just want to keep fit. Maybe you’re out of shape and want to shed some pounds. Either way, you’re ready to do something. You’ve heard about spin classes. Whether from some T.V. show or a friend who just signed up, you are now curious about taking a class yourself.

WHAT IS SPINNING?

If you enjoy bike riding, spin class will be right up your alley. Granted, the spin bike is not actually moving anywhere but it’s still a fun ride. This indoor cycling class is set to music with led by a certified instructor and can last anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes. It is an intense cardio workout that can tone up your legs and arms and it even works your core.

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you have no idea what to do when you enter the class, don’t worry. First of all, it’s a good idea to show up at least 10 minutes early. That way you can reserve a spin bike and talk to the instructor about it being your first time. If they know that, they can give you some tips and help you adjust your bike to fit your needs. The instructor will give you general guidelines on how fast to pedal, how much resistance you should add, and when you should be standing or sitting. Even with these guidelines, it’s up to you to focus on how you feel and work at your own level. You can expect to feel some fatigue in your leg muscles even if you work out regularly. And being your first time in the class, you will most likely feel some soreness from the seat afterwards but you’ll eventually get used to it.

WHAT TO WEAR

Form fitting clothes are encouraged and if they’re moisture wicking, even better. Since you’ll be pedaling a bike, be sure not to wear baggy pants that may get caught in the pedals. And flat-soled shoes are the best way to go. Keep in mind that padded cycling shorts can make you more comfortable on those seats.

WHAT TO BRING

Spinning can make you sweat. A lot! You can burn up to 500 calories in a session. So be sure to bring a water bottle and a towel. Some spinners buy gel seats which fit over the top of the bike seat to increase comfort. Another popular item is a heart rate monitor used to measure exercise intensity.

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