Let’s talk about spin! To the uninitiated cycling on a stationary bike inside a dark room doesn’t sound like the most riveting way to spend 50 minutes. For us converts, we know a spin class will leave you feeling on top of the world and ready tackle anything life throws at you.
Adding cycling into your workout routine a few times a week will without-a-doubt improve your fitness levels. Spin classes have a huge list of benefits – they’re fun, high-energy and super-efficient workouts that leave you feeling a serious burn and a sense of euphoria. Not only is it one of the best ways to improve cardiovascular fitness, it is also a massive stress reliever and mood-booster. If you are lacking fitness motivation, then a spin class is the place to come and get your fix of inspiration and endorphins!
Here are 5 (more) reasons to try a spin class today:
- The instructors
Spin instructors will always give 120 percent and that kind of energy is contagious. For the instructor, it’s all about entertaining, instructing and interacting with the crowd to ensure everyone is having a great time. The challenge is always constantly changing depending on the instructor and their music taste. As you work through each level, good instructors create positive mental distraction using non-intimidating and encouraging language mixed with visualization techniques, meaning the time passes like seconds.
- Killer tunes
Research has shown music can have positive effects when played at the same time as physical activity is being performed. We work out harder when listening to music at a faster tempo because the tunes act as a ‘distractor’ reducing your perception of fatigue and the discomfort your body may be experiencing during the class. Music is a huge part of working out and is crucial for setting the tone in a spin class. It can help you connect to emotions and happy thoughts that you may not access in your day-to-day working life. Think of it as modern, moving meditation putting you in a better state to start or finish your day.
- Builds lean & defined muscles, not bulk
It’s a huge misconception that your legs are going to get big and bulky if you spin. “You have to lift heavy weights doing multiple sets to cause muscle growth in your power/strength fibres, and you don’t use these to any appreciable degree during cardio exercise like a spin class” says exercise physiologist Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery. Studies have also shown that women actually shed targeted fat from their bellies and lower bodies when they cycle more often.
- Low impact
One of the amazing things about spin is how kind it is to our joints without compromising on the intensity of the workout. Spin focuses on intervals and moving from light to heavy resistance, so your legs burn and are challenged, but never feel too fatigued. It is a low-impact yet effective cardio workout that is easier on your knees and ankles than many other forms of cardio, liking jarring activities such as running. Incorporating spin into your workout routine also helps to avoid overuse injuries and give your joints a break every so often.
- Boosts metabolism
Spin classes are the pioneer in interval training. A single session consists of different music tracks and terrain that change up the speed, resistance and your body position, which all spikes the heart rate, followed by quick periods of rest for maximum burn. Spin also activates your largest muscles (the quads and glutes) resulting in a bigger metabolic effect during the class with the added benefits of the after-burn following the class, meaning you get more bang for your buck.
Convinced to add spin to your workout routine? Come and experience a class at our Melbourne headquarters Studio PP. Regardless of fitness level, cycling experience, age or gender, spin classes at Studio PP provide support and encouragement so everyone can enjoy the fun and get the benefits.