One of the most popular trends in the fitness world today is spinning. It provides a fun and effective workout without too great a cost or too much equipment. There are, however, some essential pieces you will want to gather as you prepare for spin class.
1. Moisture-Wicking Clothes
You will most definitely work up a sweat, so comfortable moisture-wicking clothes will help keep your body cool and dry.
2. Cycling Shoes
Some gyms and clubs require special shoes designed specifically for spinning. Cycling shoes can improve your workout experience by clipping directly into the pedal. Clip in cycling shoes can result in faster speeds and smoother leg strokes. In most cases regular athletic shoes are fine, especially for beginners just trying out spinning.
It is a good idea to bring a towel to mop up excess sweat. Headbands and wristbands can also help in this area. If you have long hair, make sure to pull it back to keep it off of your neck and out of your face.
4. Gel Seat
For those that plan to spin on a regular basis, a gel seat cover may be a great investment. The seats on spinning bikes are generally hard and relatively uncomfortable. Some people may become accustomed to the seats, while others find them practically unbearable. A gel seat cover is an inexpensive investment that can be tucked into your gym bag and used to make your exercise experience significantly more pleasant.
5. Compression Shorts
Properly fitting compression shorts are great for spinning because they will not ride up, bunch up, or chafe. Some compression shorts even come with built in padding. Truthfully, any pants or shorts can be work for spinning, but you will want to be comfortable. Avoid long baggy pants that could become entangled during the work out.
6. Heart Rate Monitor
Many spinning classes put an emphasis on working out in specific heart rate zones, so a heart rate monitor is a must in these cases. A good hear rate monitor can help you know exactly how much you are pushing yourself and how hard your body is working.
7. Water Bottle
Spinning is an intense cardiovascular work out that lasts typically anywhere from 30 to 75 minutes, and in which you can expect to burn up to 900 calories. Staying hydrated is extremely important, so last but not least, do not forget a water bottle.