Benefits of Spinning – What Makes This Workout Great

For many of us, exercising is an important part of our weekly routine.  However, finding the time and the motivation to actually exercise can be a challenge.  If you’re looking for a fun, effective workout that can be completed in one hour or less, spinning is an excellent solution.  Spinning will not only keep you on track to meet your fitness goals, but it is a workout that does not require a huge, daily time commitment.  Read on to learn about some of the benefits of spinning and why you should consider making a class part of your weekly routine:

All Experience Levels Welcome

Contrary to what some people believe, you do not need to be an avid, in shape-biker enthusiast to take a spin class.  Taking a spin class does not require you to have any prior experience with spinning. As long as you know, honestly, what a bike is and how to sit on one and move the pedals, you’re going to be just fine.  No, not everyone in the class is extremely buff and never end up breaking a sweat. No, the instructors won’t get in your face and yell at you if you’re not right on beat with the music.

You truly do not need to come into the class with any prior knowledge of how it’s going to work.  One thing you will have to do on your own is adjust the bike. The bikes have to be adjusted to your specifications based generally on your height and arm length.  The main thing to make sure of when you adjust the bike is that you’re comfortable on it and to ensure that you are not straining any part of your body to reach the pedals or handlebars.

Because this is an actual class and not a gym, there is always an instructor there to help you with making these adjustments and to answer any questions you may have.  I have taken spin classes at two different studios and at each one the instructors are friendly and are readily available to answer your questions. At the studio I attend now, the instructor almost always ask before the class starts if anyone is new so that she or he can walk through the different positions you will need to know on the bike for the class.

Long story short, you will not be left to figure things out on your own when attending one of these classes.  Although they might seem intimidating, you have to remember that it is YOUR workout, and no one is going to push you beyond your limits.  

Spin Class
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Sense of Community

As I’ve mentioned before, a spin class is different than attending a gym where you have general autonomy and move about on your own.  If you’re someone who likes this aspect of a gym, then perhaps taking a spin class is not for you. If you’re like me however, you are more motivated when you’re surrounded by other people struggling and working along with you.  Spin classes truly do provide a sense of community simply because it is a uniquely intense workout. You don’t want to give up or slow down because the person next to you isn’t, the person in front of you isn’t, and so on.

While the class sizes can vary, typically they won’t be more than 30 people depending on what studio you go to.  If the amount of people in the class seems intimidating to you, you have to remember that no one is there to see what you’re doing.  Everyone is really just there for themselves and to get a great workout in. Just like you’re not there to judge others, no one is there to judge you.  If you have to slow down and take a break on the bike, no one is going to care because they’re too busy trying to keep up themselves.

Newcomers:

As a newcomer, you also must remember that everyone was a newcomer at one point.  As you take more and more classes, you begin to build up endurance and become more comfortable on the bike.  You’re not instantly going to be able to keep up with everyone else, that is NOT to be expected. Just have fun and don’t worry about anyone else.  

Maximum Calorie Burn, Minimum Amount of Time

Spin classes are typically offered at studios that provide a small variety of different fitness classes in addition to spinning.  Classes are offered throughout the day in around one hour increments. Gyms being open 24 hours is a huge advantage and especially beneficial to people who work full-time.  If you love that aspect but hate going to gyms, fear not. Spinning classes can be offered as early as 6am and as late as 8pm and everywhere in between. This means that taking one class a day will fit somewhere in your schedule.  

Because the classes are high-intensity, they can be short.  I have attended spinning classes as short as 45 minutes and as long as 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Taking a class does not have to present a huge commitment of your time. Another awesome benefit of spinning associated with this is that while the class is short, you are working the entire time so you don’t have to sacrifice getting a great workout in just because of your time constraints.  Below, I get into more of the specifics as to what exactly the workout is doing for you and how. Read on to learn more about the benefits of spinning.

Music

One of the major elements and (for some) appeal of spin classes is that typically music is played throughout the class and music videos are shown on tv screens scattered around the room.  If you like listening to music while you work out, this takes it to another level. The music is loud (disclaimer: ear plugs are usually provided to those who want them) and the spinning itself is structured so that it goes along with the music.  You are literally spinning to the beat of the music that is being played. This is a really fun element of spinning and is also one of the keys to staying motivated during throughout the session.

Spin Class Music
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Full-Body Workout

Picture this: you walk into a gym, wanting to work on a number of different muscle groups, maybe spend some time on the treadmill or stair-machine to get some cardio in.  But wait, you can’t figure out how to turn the treadmill on, you don’t know which machine to go to to work your abs, you don’t even know if the gym has a stair-machine. You might ask yourself here, why did I pay for this gym membership?

There are two important benefits of spinning to mention here: First, spinning classes have an advantage over gym memberships because you only pay for the classes you actually go to.  Second, there’s only one machine and it alone serves to work your whole body. You learn how to use and adjust the bike once, and you’re set.

Spinning allows you to get a lot of cardio in short amount of time, and most people experience high calorie burn from one class.  During spinning, you will be told to keep your core engaged, particularly while you are standing on the bike. Of course, your legs are putting a lot of work in as well.  It doesn’t end there though; typically in a class you will do push ups on the bike, so your arms are worked as well. While I cannot speak to the more scientific, physical health benefits of spinning, I can say that based on the nature of the class, it is truly a full-body workout that could serve adequately as your only method of exercise.  

To learn about some of the specific physical health advantages associated with taking a spin class plus EVEN MORE benefits, be sure to take a look at this article.

The Benefits of Spinning – Conclusion

In summary, the benefits of spinning could be endless depending on which of your needs are met by taking a class.  As a young college student with both time and financial constraints, spinning has been an excellent way for me to stay in shape between studying, working and all of the other craziness.  The benefits presented here and others hopefully make you consider trying a class and realizing those benefits for yourself. Be prepared to work hard, have a lot of fun, and walk out of the class feeling great and itching to sign up for another. Get out there and sign up for a class!