Spin classes are a great way to burn calories quickly and get rid of pent-up energy that’s threatening to break out at inopportune moments. Whether you’ve been spinning for years or are getting on a bike for the first time since you had training wheels, there are a few things you should know about spin classes before you try one out. Read on for all that and more as you learn more about our gym and why we know you’ll quickly find your place here at Vickery’s Sweat Shop.
- You can adjust the tension. While your instructor may offer some suggestions on how hard to set your tension for a particular song during class, your comfort is in your hands. If you’re pushing too hard, you won’t enjoy it, and enjoying exercise is the key to consistency. Set the tension at a level that challenges you but doesn’t make you want to go home five minutes into class.
- It’s less about speed and more about consistency. Don’t worry about outperforming your neighbor or being a show-off. You’ll get more benefits from this exercise by sticking to what works best for you. Go at a pace that gets your heart pumping, but so challenging that you run out of breath before the song is over.
- Posture and form matter. The last thing you want to do is to hunch over painfully, putting stress on your back and knees during your spin classes. Instead, push your rear end to the back of your seat, elongate your body, and push the pedals from your hips (not your knees) with your heels pointed toward the floor (don’t point your toes—it’s not ballet class!) Also, don’t lean your hands or arms on your handlebars – keep your weight in your heels. Feel free to ask your instructor for help if you’re not sure about the best way to sit.
Visit us anytime for a spin class or other opportunities we have for athletes. When you’re a part of our gym, you’re family — and we want you to grow your strength and endurance so you can feel (and be) your very best. Reach out anytime to learn more about the classes and amenities we offer.