You can burn fat quickly with bike workouts; they’re great for cardiovascular health and building endurance. But, in many places you can’t ride a bike outside all year long. Spinning classes use spinning bikes, a special type of stationary bike developed by professional cyclists, to enable you to get a real bike workout indoors. Here are some ways to get the most out of your spinning classes.
Decide If Spinning Is Right for You
Spinning classes use a stationary bike called a spinning bike that’s different from an ordinary stationary bike. In a spinning bike, both the pedals and the wheels are attached to a flywheel so that the pedals keep moving, even when you stop exerting effort. Professional cyclists use this type of bike to keep in shape during the offseason.
Spinning classes have a number of benefits. They help you burn fat quickly, strengthen and tone the muscles of the legs and buttocks, and improve circulation and posture. They carry a low risk of injury, eliminate worries about weather, and provide an opportunity to work out in group environment with an instructor, while still retaining control over your own workout. However, some people just may not like spinning classes.
Adjust Your Bike
You should adjust your bike so that it fits you. The seat should be at hip level when you’re standing next to the bike. When you’re pedaling, you want your legs straight when the pedal reaches its furthest downward point. But, you don’t want your knees to lock.
Choose Good Shoes
You need good shoes to get the most out of your spinning classes. Professional cyclists recommend stiff-soled fitness shoes rather than the more flexible type used for walking and jogging. If, after some time, you find you really love spinning classes, you could go ahead and buy cycling shoes. These are shoes that clip onto the pedals of the bike so that your feet don’t slip off in the middle of the class.
You’ll need to drink plenty of water to make it through the average spinning class, which typically lasts about 60 minutes and can amount to a very intense workout. Most people sweat a lot during spinning classes. Bring a bottle of water with you, and drink it while you ride.
Don’t Forget Your Towel
You might want to bring a small towel to spinning classes. You’ll be sweating a lot, and you might want something to wipe your face and the handles of your spinning bike.
Don’t Overdo It!
One of the best things about spinning classes is that they offer you the chance to get an intense bike workout that can burn fat quickly while still allowing you to maintain control over your own level of exertion. Spinning classes often use lights and music to create a more exciting environment for the class. Be careful that you don’t get caught up in the moment and push yourself too hard. You could hurt yourself!