7 TIPS FOR SPINNING BEGINNERS

7 TIPS FOR SPINNING BEGINNERS

Spinning is far more than just an hour on an exercise bike. Adjustable resistance, out of saddle work and varying speed are all combined with music and instruction. It’s great for getting that cardiovascular system going!

Fancy going for a spin?  Here’s what you need to know.

1)     CHECK OUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Spinning instructors need a good range of skills– they do everything from setting up bikes to designing the workout. They also have to monitor the class and naturally need to be friendly, motivating and approachable. A bad instructor can do you damage, so check for certification.

2)     DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Knowing what to expect is the key to the right equipment. Spinning needs clothes that won’t get in the way and will let you get happily sweaty. The right shoes also help a great deal, as will padded cycling shorts. Here are some more ideas on preparing for that first class.

3)     TURN UP EARLY

Just like a road bike, your spinning bike needs to be set up correctly. Phone ahead for your first class and ask to meet the instructor to be shown how it is done. It also helps to know what to expect in a spin class, so ask the instructor for a ‘walk-through’.

You’ll need to set your bike correctly every time, so it always pays to arrive a little early.

4)     BRING THE RIGHT THINGS

This is definitely a sweaty class, so make sure you have a bottle of water and a towel with you. They both go within reach so you can wipe and swig during the workout. It is of course sociable to wipe the bike at the end of the session.

5)     GO AT YOUR OWN PACE

Spinning is sociable, but non-competitive. If things are going too fast for you, there’s no shame in easing off to recover. You can also reduce the resistance on the bike if the setting is too difficult.

6)     STICK WITH IT

Spinning is going to make you somewhat sore for a while. Follow the warm-up instructions, cool-down properly and do some stretches afterwards.

7)     BOOK AHEAD

This is a popular class and there are only so many bikes available; so reserve your spot.

Ready to sign up? Here are some sample spin classes  - add your location to see what is near you. Go on, get in the spin for spring!


The Author

Ben Walder

Ben is a keen cyclist, road and mountain biking, runner, skier and even enjoyed a brief flirtation with boxing. He’s cycled John O Groats to Lands End, London to Paris in 24 hours, 5 countries in 3 days and ticked off some legendary climbs from the Tour de France. When he’s not dragging his mates out on cycling adventures across Europe he’s being dragged around by his 2 young daughters to karate, ballet, gymnastics, tennis and swimming..

Comments

Tom D.
7 April 2015

Tom D.

I don't know how people enjoy spin classes - those bikes are so uncomfortable! It's definitely an energetic work out though.

Elizabeth N.
4 April 2015

Elizabeth N.

I've always thought of spin classes as a bit boring, plus don't they just work the legs? Obviously good for cardio but no other muscle toning work in there apart from legs..?

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