The Beginner’s Guide
By Jaimie Peacock, Group Fitness Instructor
Are you an avid runner, walker, or just want to try something new? A cycling class is a great way to mix it up and challenge your body in a different way! Cycling burns calories quickly, provides a safe ride in the comfort of the indoors, and is super fun!
All you need to get started is comfortable workout clothes, and sneakers. Some people wear padded biking shorts and cycling shoes, but they are not necessary to get started. Also bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Our bikes have heart monitors so that you can track your progress during class.
The instructor guides your workout and the high-energy music keeps you motivated. The pace and speed varies throughout the workout, sometimes you work with high-speed and low resistance and other times you pedal at low-speed and heavy resistance. Sometimes you are in the seat and sometimes you move to a standing position on the bike. Don’t worry, the instructor will offer alternatives so you can adjust your intensity according to your fitness level.
If you are intimidated, don’t be! I have been teaching for 15 years, and Spinning is just like riding outside. No one knows how much tension you put on your flywheel so start out easy and dial it up if you are feeling great. Dial it down if you feel like you need a break. I always tell people, “you are in charge. I am here to motivate you, but you do the work.”
Hopping on an indoor bike gives you the opportunity to use different muscles, to do some cross training and to burn calories faster. So what are you waiting for, get pedaling!
Beginning October 24, Spin will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays at 9:00 a.m, on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m, and on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Click on the video below to learn how to pair the heart rate monitors and to adjust the bike to fit you!