Indoor Cycling Classes: Know Before You Go

Are you bored with your workout routine? Indoor cycling classes (also called Spinning) can be a fun way to get your cardio on – and you don’t have to do it alone! Here, we discuss some of the pros and cons of indoor cycling.

Pros of Indoor Cycling

  • Indoor cycling is an incredible workout. The classes are typically around 45 minutes, and you can expect to burn upwards of 500 calories.
  • It’s great for toning your core, booty, and legs. If you stay consistent, it won’t be long until you start to see these areas getting stronger.
  • Indoor cycling is still considered low-impact because it’s easy on the joints, especially when compared to running and walking. So, if you’re suffering from a knee injury, you can still sign up for an indoor cycling class and reap the benefits.
  • Not only do you get an amazing workout and release a bunch of endorphins, but cycling classes are a great way to meet new people and enjoy upbeat music.

Cons of Indoor Cycling

  • Back pain. Not everyone will experience this, but it’s easy to get in the zone during your cycling class, and before you know it, you’re hunched over, and your back is screaming. If this happens, your instructor can give you some pointers on proper cycling posture.
  • Indoor cycling is not so great for toning your upper half; however, it’s not unusual for your instructor to incorporate light weights to tone your upper body as you work your lower body.
  • It can get uncomfortable. Like a regular bike, the seats can lead to some booty pain, so make sure your bike is set up correctly. If your tailbone is really bothering you, consider wearing padded shorts.

What Do I Wear?

First, let’s talk about what you don’t want to wear. Avoid street clothes because this is a workout, after all! We don’t recommend sweatpants or sweatshirts because you’ll leave extra-drenched. And you’ll want to stay away from loose clothing because pieces with a lot of excess material can get stuck in your bike. You may also want to avoid wearing short shorts since you could experience some chafing between the legs. Instead, we recommend wearing yoga pants with a tank top, a supportive sports bra, or an athletic shirt to soak up the sweat.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Indoor cycling bikes are different from typical stationary bikes. The bikes designed for indoor cycling allow the user to control the resistance and speed, while stationary bikes feature computerized settings with preset workouts and accompanying resistance settings.
  • Depending on where you take your class, cycling shoes may be provided (sometimes for a fee). Other bikes have attached “baskets” that allow you to slip your sneakers into the pedals.
  • While indoor cycling is considered low-impact, the classes can be intense. Some people love leaving covered in sweat, but this simply isn’t for others, and that’s okay.
  • Form is everything. If something doesn’t feel right, talk to your instructor and figure out where the issue is and what needs adjusting.
  • It’s possible to overdo it and get burnt out, so it’s important to find a healthy balance.

Have you tried indoor cycling classes? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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