100 lb. Club - Has anyone tried cycling class before?

03-02-2010, 11:15 PM
I just got trained in to on the basics of cycling. I am taking a class for the first time tomorrow. My instructor said that you can burn about 2000 calories per class. Has anyone else tried cycling\spinning class before. I am kinda nervous which is strange for me as I am one that is all about the classes.

03-02-2010, 11:19 PM
I have done it one time and honestly I loved it and it was hard as all get out!!!! I only did it once becuase I wasn't ready to take that step and it was too much for me at the time. I'd love to try it again though!! Just no places around here to do it.

Good luck!! I want to hear how it goes. :)

03-03-2010, 12:00 AM
I do a class once a week. I burn about 450cal in the 45min class (according to my heartrate monitor), which is pretty good for someone my size. You might burn a bit more, but I think 2000cal is an exaggeration.

Sometimes I like it, some days I detest it, but it is a good workout. You might find the seat uncomfortable for the first class, but I found the second class fine. Make sure you get to your first class early and get the instructor to show you how to set up the bike.

03-03-2010, 02:08 AM
I have taken a spin class before...I honestly did not like it all that much. It's a great workout, harder than all get out...but I was not to hip on the idea of looking in the same direction for an hour. I love classes because I like the idea of running around for an hour doing alot of different things in that time. I will say though, that my butt hurt so much after that class...and it hurt for days! Good workout, just not my cup of tea. I hope that its a class you enjoy though.

03-03-2010, 02:16 AM
I do Spin/RPM/Cycle classes regularly (4 - 5 a week).

LOVE it, highly recommend them to anyone. Hated the first one was addicted by the third :)

Its been awesome for my legs and bum and even my stomach and triceps and fantastic for cardio strength/endurance. I wear my heart rate monitor and can peak it up to 95% max rate on the high intensity tracks. In a 45 minute class I burn between 450 and 550 cals. Your instructor is probably pulling your leg on the 2000 cals, unless they were talking kilojoules lol. But even so I know people who've burnt up to 700+ or so in a class (again, HRM).

Good luck! :)

03-03-2010, 07:19 AM
The calories is probably right about 450 to 550 but that is still alot of calories. I went last night to get my intro to the class from the instructor. I was only there for 5 minutes and my legs are a little sore today. I wonder what tomorrow will bring. I dont know if I am going to be able to walk. LOL

03-03-2010, 07:35 AM
A trainer I talked to about spin class said not to crank up the setting as high as the instructor tells you to--at least not at first. I had a friend who took a class--and she is a distance bicyclist--and it was really hard for her. I decided I didn't need to do this kind of class.


03-03-2010, 08:54 AM
I had a love/hate relationship with it. It was a great workout and I felt powerful afterward. Getting through it was killer!! What I didn't like was that I turn red as a beet when I workout and the instructor was all over me, probably making sure I wasn't going to pass out. I do NOT like being the center of attention...at all.

03-03-2010, 10:20 AM
I was going to take a class but the gym recommended that I work out on the bike by myself for awhile first. I think they were nicely trying to tell me that I could not handle it and they were probably right. I am doing 30 minutes on the lowest setting and it wipes me out.

03-03-2010, 12:19 PM
I love spin and usually do 2 classes per week. While doing the class, I feel like I'm going to die, but it is such an incredible workout. I started it at 287 pounds and it was so very difficult for me, but I've gotten much better and I attribute most of my weight loss to doing that class. It still is a tough class, but I honestly don't know of anything that pushes me more than that class, and that does as much good as spin!

Good luck!

03-03-2010, 12:19 PM
i would DIE ...right there on the bike! but someday, I would LOVE to do it!

03-03-2010, 12:42 PM
I did a spinning class a few times - I was very proud of myself for getting through the entire class. Even though I wasn't going at their intensity the entire time, I continued to pedal throughout the entire class. The thing I hated though was I DO NOT like doing any kind of workout in public and everyone put their bikes in a circle so everyone could see everyone. Even though I knew they weren't, I felt like everyone was staring at me. Just made me too uncomfortable. Also, after the first day, my behind was so sore from the seat that it was extremely painful to sit on the bike (I even went out and bought myself one of the padded seats). I think I went three or four times before I decided it just wasn't something I could not do at this weight and fitness level. Maybe eventually I will try it again.

03-03-2010, 12:52 PM
I think it sounds like it could be fun!! lol I agree I don't think you can burn that many calories but it's still got to be a great work out and burn a lot of calories! Hope you enjoy!

03-03-2010, 01:18 PM
I have thought about it - I use a stationary bike daily, and I'll burn 400-500 in the 45-60 minute range. I use a range of settings (speed interval, strength interval, cross training, etc). This is a good thing, since better weather will have me actually going places on a real bike.

Given the similarity in calorie burn and the added benefit of workout variety, I'm not sure what the benefit would be and so haven't done it.

03-03-2010, 01:23 PM
Oh, MamaP reminded me...

You might want to invest in a gel seat. Lots of people use them. It makes the experience a lot more tolerable! It's not perfect, but it's a whole lot better!

03-03-2010, 03:39 PM
I have done spinning class a few time. I haven't been in months, but that's due to scheduling. I liked it. One thing I would suggest if you are going to do it regularly is to get a gel seat cover and take it with you. Also, while I did get a decent calorie burn (around 300 in 50 min. according to my body bugg), you aren't going to burn 2,000 calories. There is no way to burn that much in an hour - it would probably kill you. I prefer my zumba classes, but if my schedule allows it I will start going back to spinning.

03-03-2010, 03:50 PM
Hi. My name is Kristy the SpinQueen & I'm an addict :)

I was just telling someone else a minute ago ... the key with the seat ... if you sit all the way back on it, it does not hurt. My instructor told me my 1st day - sit as far back as you can. It may feel like you are going to fall off, but you won't. You shouldn't have to go buy a gel seat unless you just want to I guess.

uclr - I think you should at least try it. There is nothing to be afraid of. You don't have to go as fast or as hard as everyone else does. There are always beginners there too so you are not alone. I would not crank up the resistance all that much either starting out. I think a lot of people get discouraged by that when they can't walk the next day. Just like in anything else, you don't start out full blast ... you work your way up as you go. :)

ETA: our classes are 60 minutes here and cool down/stretch for 10-15.

03-03-2010, 04:01 PM
I've been to spinning classes at a few different gyms here in NYC, and even at my highest weight (295) I was able to get through the class. Different instructors did different types of workouts. Sometimes they were all "climbing" at higher resistance and then others had you going up and down.

The thing I like about them is that you can set the resistance to whatever you feel comfortable doing. My "ride at 50%" is much different than some of the other people in the class. And I'd take SpinQueen's advice on the seat. After my first few classes my butt hurt even more than my legs!

03-03-2010, 11:35 PM
OK I just took the class and LOVED it. I have never worked out so much in my life. I was actually dripping sweat. I am so going back. Just wish the seats were more comfortable.

03-04-2010, 11:50 AM
Honestly, you will get used to the seats... and the dripping sweat!! I even started wearing a headband to keep the sweat from dripping on my glasses. Good for you though!!! You did it!!!!