Fitness Tips: July 31, 2017

"You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself." ~ Harvey Firestone

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Indoor Cycling Class

At this point, you've probably heard of indoor cycling (or Spinning, if you want to use its trademarked name), but that doesn't mean you've made your way to a class yet. We know the whole experience can seem overwhelming from the outside, so here's what you should know before hitting the studio for the first time.

Whether you're a spin class newbie or simply brushing up on the etiquette, here are some tips for a successful joyride:
  • Suit up. The body will definitely work up a sweat, so throw on moisture-wicking clothes to keep cool and dry. As for the feet, cycling shoes are required for some classes, but normal athletic kicks will work fine in most cases.
  • Take a seat. If it's an option, reserve a bike online to guarantee a spot in the class. Otherwise, get there early to snag a seat.
  • Adjust your saddle. Getting the perfect fit on the bike can be tricky, but a general rule of thumb is to adjust the seat to be even with your hip. As for the handlebars, position them so the neck and back doesn't strain.
  • Know the numbers. Some instructors call out numbers to indicate how far you should be rising out of your seat. Roughly, position one is sitting in the seat, position two is a slight hover over the saddle, and position three is a more dramatic hinge forward.
  • Insist on resistance. There are no real gears to change, but there will be a resistance knob or computer. This will control how hard the muscles need to work to increase RPM (that's bike talk for revolutions per minute).
  • Towel off. Keep a towel draped over the handlebars for easy access–you'll probably need it.
  • Choose your class wisely. Love the club? Go for sessions with dimmed lights or a disco atmosphere. If seeking more adventure, opt for classes that bring the outdoors to the studio. Getting the mood just right (for you) can make your session more fun and more effective.
Indoor cycling puts things in full gear with its awesome tunes, control over resistance and speed, and overall intensity.
 
Hop on to the nearest bike and give this class a go!