Posted: Jun 17, 2014 1:49 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.)
Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Posted 8:41 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MEXICO - Mexico Public Safety arrested a man early Thursday morning in connection to a shooting in Mexico.
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Posted 6:56 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
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The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sparta Police Chief Andrew Spencer was placed on leave Tuesday.
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Posted 5:40 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
OZARK (AP) - A Missouri woman has been found dead after shooting at bail bondsmen and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.
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Posted 5:37 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 6:14 PM 11/25/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 1:08 PM 11/3/2015 by Collin Ruane & Emma Nicolas, KOMU 8 Reporters
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Posted 12:02 PM 11/25/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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This holiday season, Missouri American Water is launching a state-wide campaign to "can the grease."
Instead of pouring cooking grease down the drain, the organization urged residents to put used (More)
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Posted 3:49 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MOBERLY - A Moberly clothing store held its grand reopening Wednesday night, two weeks after a fire damaged its previous building.
The Nov. 7 arson fire caused extensive smoke damage to Encore, a women's clothing shop.
Two other businesses closed due to the fire. Duval (More)
Posted 1:53 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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The large amount of Black Friday ads prevented the Tribune from being able to package through its inserting equipment. Staff members had to package the paper by (More)