What is a spin class? A spin class – sometimes called "Spinning" – is a group indoor cycling class. In a spin class, you use a stationary bike to follow a guided routine that provides an intense aerobic workout.
What can I expect from a spin class? During an indoor cycling class, you can expect to work up a sweat and get your blood pumping. Classes tend to be fast-paced and loud. Music plays, and the instructor rides their own stationary bike in order to demonstrate the moves and preferred pacing. Pace will vary from slower, steadier warm-ups to high-intensity sprints of pedaling as fast as you can. Resistance may also change throughout the class, as the cycle's settings simulate straightaways and hills.
How can I benefit from taking spin classes? Spin classes provide an intense cardiovascular workout, elevating your heart rate for a sustained amount of time. This type of workout done regularly can reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure and your levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. An indoor cycling class will also challenge and improve your muscular endurance and strength. And it is estimated that you can burn 400 to 600 calories during a 45-minute class.
Are there any precautions about spin classes that I should know about? Indoor cycling may be an intense workout, but it is also relatively low impact. This means that if done correctly – and if you wear proper footwear – you are unlikely to injure your joints during indoor cycling workouts. That said, if you have not exercised regularly, are pregnant, or have any health concerns, you should check with your health care provider before starting an indoor cycling routine.
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