Indoor cycling is a popular form of cardiovascular exercise. You can burn 600 calories or more during a one-hour class, burning fat and sculpting lean legs. Using a stationary bike with varied resistance, the class instructor takes you through a simulated racing course of hills and varied terrain.
What Are The Benefits?
Burn, Burn, Burn Calories
A good thirty minute workout on a Spinning Cycle can burn as much as 500 calories. Even at challenging levels other cardio-equipment can’t burn that many calories in such a short time. Longer workouts burn from 800 to 1,000 calories.
Spinning is primarily an aerobic exercise, pulling energy from your reserves and building up your muscular endurance over an extended period of time. There are also anaerobic benefits of Spinning. Planned Spinning programs include both endurance and cardiovascular training during the workout. At several points you may be required to break your steady pace and speed up to increase your heart rate.
Heart health is an obvious benefit, as is lung capacity. As you work harder during your Spinning workout you will learn to work on controlled breathing, as well. This may help you with anxiety and help lower your heart rate when you get into a situation where physical exertion begins to take your breath away.
Progress at Your Own Pace
The amount of resistance you apply, as you gain strength and endurance, is up to you. Each spinning bike has a resistance control knob within easy reach of the handle bars. It works something like switching gears.
While instructors recommend an RPM, as you work toward increasing your RPM and maintaining a steady pace you can’t fall behind the rest of the class. You don’t feel out of place for not knowing an aerobic or step routine. No one really knows what level at which you are working, so you are free to progress at your own pace.
Have you ever walked or ran on a treadmill for an hour only to discover you burned around 400 calories? Time, when I’m on the treadmill, creeps by very slowly. On the spinning bike, the challenge is constantly changing.
Spinning keeps the pressure off of your knees and feet. You are able to work out hard on a Spinning bike without hurting your knees and feet. It is also a good workout for those who cannot use the treadmill or elliptical because of arthritis.
It will not take long for your efforts on a spinning bike to show up as weight loss, but there is another great benefit to Spinning. Spinning uses large muscle groups in your legs. It does not take long before your thighs, hamstrings, and calves begin to take shape. Three spinning workouts a week will make a difference in the shapely appearance of your leg.
Lower Your Body’s Workout Breaking Point
As you learn to work harder on the spinning bike you will begin to find that the breaking point, at which you begin to feel the workout, will become lower the harder you work. The great thing about working your body into this kind of shape is that you feel better without the use of drugs. You feel better throughout the day following a workout and you have more energy. You are simply training your body to work more efficiently.
Regardless of your fitness level, riding Spinning bikes keeps everyone together. This goes beyond sitting in the same spinning class, but each individual works equally as hard at their own level. It is amazing how you can feed off of the energy of other riders when you begin to fatigue and start thinking you might want to quit.
Riding together also gives you the opportunity to encourage others. You can inspire those who have not yet reached your level of fitness, while those stronger than you inspire you. Working together, everyone who spins can reach their goals.
Spinning helps you out, mentally. First, the warm up and cool down are great ways to relax. During the class, the physical exertion becomes a catharsis for releasing pent-up emotions.
Spinning also builds mental strength. When you spin, there are good days and bad. The important thing is that you carry through with your regular Spinning routine. Push through difficult times. Push up hill climbs and push through endurance training.
Self discipline of the mind gained in spinning can be applied to all areas of life.
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