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Health Moment: Bike Spinning at Your Own Speed

Most people think of spin classes with dread—fearful of an intense instructor sporting a microphone yelling in their ear to go faster, harder and turn up that tension knob. But, bike spinning can actually be a pretty great form of exercise, particularly for those looking for a great calorie burning exercise on a rainy day. Time and money don’t always allow for your favorite boutique spin class—here are some tips to take your ride home, at your desired intensity—no yelling required.

 

CycleCast itunes app will bring Spin Class to you

The CycleCast iTunes app will bring Spin Class to you

Download a Bike Spinning App

If you need some guidance but aren’t planning on joining a spin class, look at apps like  and Peloton, which bring the spin class experience directly to your home or the basic stationary bike at the local Y. While you have to pay, the bike spinning apps cost considerably less than the expensive classes of today and bring plenty of Katy Perry jams and play by play instructions to the table. The initial app downloads are free and usually provide a short trial.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something free, try turning toward YouTube for free tutorials by seasoned spin instructors.

The Peloton app brings spin class to you

The Peloton app brings spin class to you

Get the Right Gear

You might do just fine in your dumpy old college T-shirt and basketball shorts, but if you really want to optimize your ride, you’ll want to get the right gear for the job. From an at-home spinning bike to clip-in shoes, investing in the experience will both inspire you to actually follow through with a new workout routine, as well as ensure you’re comfortable once you’ve gotten saddled up.

Clip-in shoes, for example, help secure your feet to the pedals, so they don’t move around, enabling greater efficiency and protection from injury. Additionally, wearing a sports bra that fits will help make sure you aren’t bouncing around on the bike and fitted pants or shorts will enable greater mobility during your workout sesh. Oh, and you’ll also want a towel and some water–spin workouts will make you work up a major sweat.

Health Moment_ Bike Spinning at Your Own Speed

Set The Bike Up Correctly

Making sure your handlebars and seats are set up properly is essential at home as well as in a spin class setting. Adjust the seats so they come up to your hip bone level when standing next to the bike. Handlebars should be close enough to the saddle so you can comfortably reach for them without straining or stretching–this will be more of a personal preference. As far as handlebar height is concerned, this depends on the workout. Handlebars positioned at a lower height offer a better ab workout, while those positioned a bit higher will have a more upright posture

And, Of Course, Your Form

Your spinning form is key in getting the workout you want. If you’re just starting out, look at videos or use one of the apps mentioned above, because it’s important to get your hips aligned properly. When you’re in the saddle, knees should have a slight bend and your belly button should be pushing back toward the spine. When you’re out of the saddle in position three, you’ll want to keep the upper body loose and glutes tight and close to the seat.

Finally, you won’t want to skimp on the resistance. Contrary to popular myth, a super high resistance won’t give you massive legs. Embrace the challenge and burn more calories by turning the resistance knob to the right.

Jenny is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about finance, health, and wellness. She also enjoys reading and long walks on the beach. Thanks so much for sharing your insight on self-care.

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  • Kemkem

    I did a few spinning classes in my day and really enjoyed it too. Form is extremely important like you say and thank goodness l learned to do it the correct way :-). Saves a lot of hurt.

  • Cool apps. I haven’t been on a bike in years, let alone a spinning class. I’ve always been intimidated by them because bikes hurt the mess out of my but and knees.

  • Kasi Perkins

    These are great tips! Spinning is such a fun and popular workout these days.

  • KoKoa Magazine

    I’ve never been to a spin class but trying it at home would be what I would do. I wouldn’t want to embarass myself otherwise.

  • Doing a spin class is at the top of my to do list. I don’t know if I will love it but I want to try it. I had no idea there is an app for that.

  • Danielle Williams

    I’ve heard so much about spin classes. I would love to try one.

  • Daria Vinning

    I once heard the instructor through the walls at the gym teaching a spin class. Sounded as if she was working them to death. A young lady came out of the classroom, legs shaking she could barely walk to get to the water fountain. I said, no thank you, I will never take this class. (lol) I might try it eventually. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heartunderconstruction.com

    I can’t lie, spinning is one of the things that send a shiver down my spine. I might actually put it on my ‘To conquer’ list. The Peloton app is definitely the way forward! Great post x

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