Posted: Jun 17, 2014 2:49 PM by Amanda Barnes, KOMU Wellness Coach
Updated: Jun 17, 2014 4:49 PM
COLUMBIA - If someone asks you if you want to "spin" or "go to spin class", do you think "that's a class for standing with your arms out to your side and spinning in a circle?" If so, this segment is for you.
Spinning is another term for indoor cycling. Indoor cycling is a form of exercise in a classroom setting that involves using a special stationary exercise bike.
But you're not just sitting on that bike and pedaling your feet. Spin classes focus on building strength, building endurance, performing high intensity intervals and bursts of cardio.
An indoor cycling bike isn't an ordinary stationary bike. The bike is built with a weighted flywheel to simulate the feeling that you're on an actual road bike out on an actual road.
With that said, a lot of the exercises that you'll be asked to do on this bike are far from what you might do on a real bike. You'll be "running" and "jumping" along with "flats" and "climbs."
Don't let the crazy language intimidate you. Those are just fancy terms to refer to pedaling while standing and sitting and adding resistance and stuff like that.
Why indoor cycling? There are many reasons to give indoor cycling a try:
There are other benefits mentioned in this article on Yahoo.com.
What will you need for indoor cycling? Most bikes are built to be used with regular athletic shoes by using a toe clip. This is a little cage-looking basket that you put the front of your foot into. It allows you to push and pull the pedals. If you desire to take things a step further you can get special cycling shoes that are used with a clip-less system.
Another purchase to be considered is padded bike shorts or a padded gel seat. As I mentioned, indoor cycling bikes are built to feel like a road bike. Road bikes don't generally have the most comfortable of seats. A very common complaint of new "spinners" is a sore tush. It gets better. I promise.
Want to try it out? There are many gyms in town that offer indoor cycling classes. I would suggest you put it on your bucket list, call around, make a plan, call a friend and go to a class. (It will be the easiest bucket list item you've ever marked off your list.)