What is “spin class” and what are the health benefits?

If there’s one exercise trend that’s sweeping the nation, it’s spinning class. While many feel intimidated and not convinced about this cardio aerobic exercise, it’s proven to be very effective.

So if you want to satisfy your curiosity, below is a blow by blow on spin class and the benefits you can get out of it.

What is it exactly?

Spin class is a type of cardio aerobic exercise that involves an indoor cycling set up. It’s accompanied by music and would normally last for about 40-60 minutes.

Your instructor will tell you how much resistance you want to add, how hard and fast you should step on the pedal and would then ask you to do specific movements: sitting, sprinting, standing, etc.

For a visual example, check this short video of what really goes down in one class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8LUsQAJ1XU

What do you get out of it?

Here are some of the benefits you can get out of spinning class.

  • It strengthens your heart. While others are designed to build muscle, most spinning classes are meant to make your heart stronger and more efficient.
  • It’s good if you’re injured. The great thing about spinning class is it has no pressure on the knees and legs. This is perfect for those who are recovering from injuries but still want to continue exercising.
  • It promotes teamwork. The beauty of spinning class is it builds great camaraderie and teamwork. This then promotes better workout.
  • It lets you go at your own pace. Probably the best thing about spinning class is that it lets you be at your own pace. Even if you’re with the pros and just a beginner, you have the option to go slower, have a bit of rest and learn other ways to make the best out of this workout.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up for a class now. You’d be surprised as to how addictive it can get.

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