Five reasons to spin
Indoor cycling. Or just spin. Call it what you will - this is a fitness craze that ain't going away. Here are five great reasons to get in the saddle.
Indoor cycling. Spinning. Or just spin. Call it what you will – this is a fitness craze that ain’t going away. An enticing mix of high aerobic workout, clubby atmosphere and motivational coaching, the popularity of spin is growing with more and more studios dedicated to it popping up around the place including Surrey.
But why should everyone be jumping into that saddle? We asked Faye Walton, the owner of CYC:D – a boutique fitness studio in Haslemere that offers a range of spin classes alongside yoga, barre and pilates.
1. It’s fun!
If you’ve never done it before its one of those things that may seem a bit intimidating but it really shouldn’t. It’s a fun form of exercise that is suitable for everyone regardless of their base level of fitness from beginner to advanced. Riders can take a class at their own pace and will be guided through a 45 minute class learning the correct form and technique to maximise their performance.
When you take an indoor cycling class, everyone is focussed on their own session but the environment is encouraging and supportive. You are not alone and everyone in the class wants you to do well. There is a real connection between everyone in the class and the instructor and an energy in the studio that builds a sense of community which translates to the outside world.
It can be really tough to be out on your bike alone, struggling to finish a particularly challenging ride. Sometimes your first instinct is to give up but when there are other people around you, it makes you want to keep going and prove you can finish what you started. That’s exactly what taking a Spin class does. And that mindset can and will benefit you on the roads, too.
3. Health and body benefits
Not only does a Spin class benefit your muscles (everything from your legs to your core) but it’s also a great low-impact cardiovascular workout, which improves your blood flow, increases your stamina, boosts your mood, and prevents against chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and diabetes.
Regular sessions will also result in a strong core and back, toned quads and bum, glowing youthful skin and a healthy immune system. A spin class is an intense cardio workout, and you’ll burn an average of 400 to 600 calories per class. Sometimes more if you’re pushing your limits!
At CYC:D some of our classes also incorporate the use of hand weights to promote upper body work, since cycling is predominantly a lower body workout. This means that in one 45-minute session, you can challenge your upper body, lower body and core giving you a full body work out.
Cycling outside can take a couple of hours to complete, and most people don’t have that kind of time during the week. So taking an indoor cycling class is a great option for when your schedule is packed, and you only have an hour or less to work out.
But don’t worry, exercising for a shorter amount of time doesn’t mean you aren’t reaping the same benefits as a longer workout. Cycling outside for an hour and a half will burn around 700 calories so just slightly more than the average Spin class and you get the same same physical gains (increased cardiovascular and muscular fitness) by taking an indoor class.
5. Low impact
Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, Indoor cycling is a low impact exercise, which makes it great for people who are coming back from injury because your hips, knees, and ankles won’t take a beating. This makes it a great choice for those who aren’t functioning at 100% and are looking for rehabilitation or for older adults looking for a way to stay active without putting extra pressure on their joints.
CYC:D, 34C High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2HJ. Tel: 01428 645 055. cyc-d.co.uk