2014-02-21 / Sports

Jen’s Fitness Forum

You couldn’t tell from looking out the window, but springtime is right around the corner and soon you won’t have that bulky winter coat to hide under. Forget the excuse that it’s too cold outside to exercise and reach your goals by making the decision to start getting in shape for summer today with indoor cycling classes.

Indoor cycling, or spin, is a great exercise option for many people, regardless of fitness level. It’s both extremely aerobic and low-impact, which makes it safe for those who suffer from arthritis. Also, in a spin class you decide how hard to push yourself by controlling the amount of resistance on your wheel and your pedal speed. An avid athlete and a firsttimer can be in the same class and both get exactly the type of workout they’re looking for.

What to expect…

If you’re new, always arrive 15 minutes early so that a certified instructor can get you properly set up on the bike. The trainer will make sure you have the correct seat and handlebar height and explain the different moves, positions, and techniques that will be used throughout the 45- minute to hour-long session.

When the lights dim, you’ll know that class is about to begin. Music, illumination, and encouraging instructional prompts from the trainer guide the group through a versatile full-body workout focused on improving strength and endurance. Classes can be very diverse since each instructor brings his or her own personality and music style. This makes it fun and keeps the workouts exciting.

So what exactly are the benefits?

Each 45 to 60 minute indoor cycling session can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories, and that’s not all! Other benefits include:

1. Increased muscle tone in the
core, buttocks, and legs.
2. Maximum fat burn.
3. Increased strength and
endurance.
4. Reduced stress and anxiety.
5. Improved blood circulation.
6. Improved breathing.
7. Better posture.
8. Reduced risk of injury, joint
pain, and back pain.

9. Improved mood.
10. Increased energy.
11. Increased mental focus.
12. It’s low-impact.
13. It can be done year-round.
14. IT’S FUN!

In conclusion…

If your workouts have been lacking, spice them up with indoor cycling! It’s sure to provide you with the motivation, inspiration, and encouragement you need to jump back on track. After a few classes of getting comfortable on the bike you’ll be able to relax and get lost in the positive energy that drives a good spin class. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel immediately following the first class. Stick with it to reap more health benefits and reach your fitness goals!

Try out one of my spin classes at Suncycle Studios. Check the schedule online (www.suncyclestudios.com) for a variety of fun and exciting group classes including spin, spin/fusion, kickboxing, Zumba, Surfset, Kettlebells, Insanity, SuSPINsion, and more! Special 7-day trial package available for newbies.

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