This is where spinning classes can really make the difference between an average workout and a really good one. Rather than pedalling away going nowhere on a solitary bicycle, you are part of a class following the directions of a trained instructor. The benefits of exercising as part of a group have been well documented, as it makes individual group members work harder than they would if left to their own devices.
A skilled instructor guides the group through an initial warm-up to ensure muscles are adequately prepared for the main part of the class. Advising on increasing and decreasing the resistance of the pedals, the instructor takes the class on a journey filled with virtual hills, fast sprints and slower sections to allow tired muscles to rest.
Engage Core Muscles
Under the guidance of the instructor, participants are encouraged to rise up out of the saddle and lean forward in order to engage core muscles and strengthen and elongate lower legs and backs. The workout finishes with a cool-down to allow muscles to relax and heart rates to return to normal.
Full Body Workout
The only essential is a good pair of sports shoes. Most fashionable trainers do not offer adequate support, so if you are just starting out on an exercise routine, this is one place where it would be a good idea to make an investment. Supportive footwear will prevent ankle twists and falls, and quality trainers can also provide effective shock absorption during a high-impact work-out.
A spinning class provides an excellent full-body workout under controlled conditions, and because it is low-impact there is no undue stress placed on the body’s joints. This makes it a great solution where rehabilitation is required, as it provides intensive exercise whilst having minimum adverse effects.