It’s highly likely you’ve heard a lot about spin classes. It’s also likely that you’ve heard some great things about them too. But you may be left wondering how sitting in a dark room on a stationary bike full of sweaty people cycling to music could be so good.
If you’re not sure whether you should try a spin class, read the 8 reasons below to find out why it may end up being one of the best things you have ever done…
The more cardiovascular fitness you possess, the easier it is for you to move as well as stay active. This type of fitness is vital to our ability to move as it allows the lungs, heart and blood cells to provide oxygenated blood to our muscles in order to allow them to produce energy. Increasing this type of fitness will also reduce your likelihood of contracting Coronary Heart Disease along with other cardiovascular health problems. The highly qualified spin instructors will supervise you during a spin class, allowing you to improve your cardiovascular fitness in a safe and effective way.
Whether you’ve had a bad day or you’re just not feeling too great, it is your workout and you can set your pace and push your limits. A spin class will allow you the opportunity to take it a bit easier or step it up a notch if you want to take out your aggression or are feeling super motivated. Either way you’ll reap the benefits of spin.
Being part of a spin class not only subconsciously makes you work harder as you are working out with others, but also produces a sense of camaraderie as you motivate each other to tackle the challenge. Therefore, it also provides a great new place to meet others.
Spinning classes are well known to help increase muscle definition in your core and legs. A strong core is essential; your core holds your body upright. You should bear in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, so as you start to build lean muscle definition, you may see a higher number on the scales. It is likely you will put on weight however it is advisable to not pay attention to the number but rather how your body looks, as you will notice a change. Furthermore, the muscle mass you will gain also helps to burn more calories in a day, even when your body is at rest.
When you exercise, your body releases feel good endorphins into the blood stream. This is due to the endorphins interacting with the receptors in the brain, triggering positive feelings into your body as a result. Although you may leave the class feeling tired physically, mentally, you will feel much better than you did going in. This feeling of being on a high is what you will become addicted to, hence why it is easy to see why staying active can help to combat negative mental physical and health conditions including depression and stress.
As mentioned above, exercise releases happy hormones which contribute to combatting stress. It has been scientifically proven that stress can be reduced through exercise. This is because you are able to clear head space as exercise focuses your mind, thus leaving you able to temporarily forget any stress you may have. Further day to day stress such as a lack of confidence can also be decreased as exercise makes you feel good, thereby leading to an increase in self-confidence.
Joints and muscles become stiff, tired and weak when they are unused, therefore the fitter your body is, the easier it is to complete daily tasks such as moving quickly, lifting heavy objects and even getting out of bed. A fitter body will also reduce the likelihood of developing an injury.
Although you may often feel as worse after exercising even though you want to work out, you shouldn’t let this put you off. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is your body’s way of trying to repair yourself, even though it may feel as though you’ve pushed yourself too far, muscle soreness is actually a positive. This is because when you exercise, your muscles react to whatever form of training you are taking part in. Fundamentally, during exercise your muscle fibres need to “tear” in order to attain the results we are striving towards whether this be increased strength, size or to simply shape and tone. More often than not, the pain you experience in your muscles roughly 24-48 hours after exercise, is a good thing as it is a sign your body is adapting and repairing to the hard work you put in during your workout. Nonetheless, if you do feel you may be doing more damage to your body than good it is also advisable to go and consult a gym instructor.
If you need to take things a bit more gently or are recovering from surgery or injury, spinning is a perfect exercise option. As the bike is stationary, there is no risk of further injury such as falling off or collision with another cyclist, and this also means you are able to simply focus on working towards reaching your goals during the class. Just because spinning is a low impact exercise, this does not mean that you still cannot achieve a great workout. If you are thinking of going to a spin class for the first time, it is always a good idea to arrive just a few minutes early. This allows you to set up the bike correctly and safely, but also chat to the instructor regarding any queries or concerns you may have to ensure you get the most from the class.