I am not referring to the spinning of Grateful Dead shows where girls in flowery dresses spin in circles to various tunes, such as Sugar Magnolia, although I could write a whole post about that… I’m talking about Spinning- the stationary cycling craze that started in the 90’s. Spinning was invented by world-class cyclist Johnny G as a way to train for races.
Of all the different types of exercise I’ve tried spinning is really at the top of my list. It had been a while since I had gone to a spinning class and I finally felt like I had the time to bring it into my schedule again. When I arrived at the spinning studio they said I hadn’t been in there in nearly 7 years! Wow, time flies. Now I was afraid it was majorly going to kick my butt. It was exactly as I remembered it though with a few upgrades. The place I go to is awesome- Revolution Fitness– they have spinning, indo-row, pilates. Because I hadn’t been in so long they offered me a 2 weeks of unlimited classes for $30.
The room is filled with stationary bikes. I have my special shoes but you can certainly just go in regular sneakers. I actually recommend trying it in your sneakers for a month or two before committing to a pair of spinning shoes. The teacher, Stacey, was great. She played invigorating music and guided us through a wonderful ride of hills, jumping and racing. What an endorphin rush!
Teachers are taught to recreate cycling outdoors by varying the tension on your bike in addition to various standing and sitting movements. So, not only is it a great way to work your core and tone your legs but you can burn so many calories! They say it’s about 500 calories for a 50 minute class. You WILL be sweating so you definitely want to bring a small towel and water. The only tip I recommend is arriving a little bit early if you’ve never been so the instructor can show you the proper way to adjust your bike. And if you’re new, don’t worry, you can and should take the class at your own pace, don’t feel intimidated about going!
So if you’ve never tried it, or haven’t been in a while, spinning is a great way to spice up your fitness routine. Go on, give it a whirl!
Revolution Fitness – www.revolutionfitness.net
YAS – I’ve heard this place is great, too. http://www.go2yas.com/yas_about.asp