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Spinning Classes: Advantages And Disadvantages

Feb 21, 2008
If you're a fan of spinning classes and indoor cycling, you no doubt appreciate the benefits of this non impact workout. Indoor cycling is an excellent cardiovascular workout that you can adapt to your fitness level. Further, these classes focus on eliminating stress via a fun, challenging environment.

And yet, indoor cycling is not for everyone. Just like any exercise program, there are advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a more in depth look at indoor cycling and examine the pros and cons of adding it to your workout regimen.

The other adjustment is cycling for a standard time period with varying degrees of intensity. Most casual outdoor riders can stop and start, while an indoor cycling class is continual motion. Most classes last an hour and are interactive. Before you commit to a class, be aware that it's pretty non stop, although you can adjust and adapt according to your fitness level.

Advantages

1. Almost anyone can benefit from indoor cycling. No matter your age or fitness level, you'll fit in and you can adapt the workout as you see fit.

2. In addition, the non impact aspect of spinning classes are appealing to those who want to avoid stress on their joints.

3. You'll burn a lot of calories. Most one hour spinning classes will help you burn 500 calories on average. Of course, how many calories you'll burn will depend on your exertion level, but the classes are designed for fat burning benefit.

4. Indoor cycling works a variety of muscle groups, including your calves, hamstrings, hips, abs, and quadriceps.

5. There tends to be less intimidation factor with spinning classes vs. other group exercise classes. Most spinning classes are mixed gender, and the learning curve is short.

Disadvantages

1. Many new participants complain of a sore pelvic bone and/or chafing. This may require the purchase of a gel seat and padded bike shorts.

2. While indoor cycling is an effective cardiovascular workout, there is very little use of your upper body muscle groups.

3. Depending upon the policies at your workout facility, you may be faced with an extra cost to participate in a spinning class.

4. If the class is popular, you may need to arrive well in advance to ensure you'll have a bike for your use.

5. Instructors come and go, and their expertise varies. Also, since spinning classes are set to music, the soundtrack may or may not appeal to your musical tastes.

Indoor cycling is an excellent workout, but it should comprise only one part of your overall regimen. We recommend a yoga or bosu ball session after completing a spinning class. These classes offer you a chance to stretch and maintain your flexibility. Also, consider adding strength training classes or sessions before a spin class. Doing so will ensure you've accomplished a total body workout.
About the Author
Jim Hofman is an author and cycling enthusiast who developed a new online resource site for those who want to learn more about indoor and outdoor cycling. Want more tips and recommendations? Be sure to visit Jim's website for the very latest on indoor cycling and spinning classes.
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