What could be better than an amazingly comfortable upright exercise bike? The answer is simple- an indoor spin bike.
Those who have used this slim and aesthetically appealing workout equipment swear by the benefits that they receive. Spinning is the latest craze in the fitness industry and is becoming a women’s favorite as well (apart from the treadmills for home use). Spinning is one of the easiest workouts for women which provides full-body toning and slimming benefits but is fun to do at the same time. Does that mean spinning is only for women? Of course not. No matter what your gender is and what your fitness goals are, spinning will always sneak a place in your workout routine to spice it up.
Spinning is a high intensity workout that could be helpful in changing body constitution. If you are willing to decrease fat mass from the body, spinning could be very helpful for you. But before you begin, pay attention to these 5 important things about spinning that you must remember.
Even though spinning is basically cycling, it comes with different exercise options and techniques. The bikes themselves are slimmer and make you work more with your feet, rather than your hips. For those looking for a toned and slim physique, there is nothing better than spinning. You may find indoor spin bikes in gyms but they are mostly offered in separate spin classes. Here you are taught different techniques to make your glutes work and find the best physique you have ever had.
You don’t always need choreography
Indoor spinning classes love to experiment. They have a popular move called ‘tap it back’ where you get off the seat shortly before coming back, all the while cycling with great intensity. You could also be lifting light weights, clapping and doing pushups while spinning. While they are really fun to do, they are not essential. Don’t believe that you will have to dance to an Ariana Grande number (though ‘Side to Side’ works as a perfect spinning tutorial) to get the most benefits from this equipment. Good old high intensity cycling for short durations is equally good.
Adjust the bike for maximum comfort
You don’t have to strain your muscles for getting the best workout. The seat and handlebars of the spin bike are all adjustable. Use it to get into the proper posture, incline, and height according to your build. You can talk to your trainer for providing you the perfect settings for your body type. If your muscles feel too much strain while using the spin bike, you probably have some settings wrong.
You will sweat like crazy
Typical low intensity workouts don’t make you sweat. You may feel tired after a while but you will likely not sweat too much while working on a treadmill. The indoor spin bike is completely different story. Due to its high intensity training techniques and added choreography, you will be sweating hard. It will be better to wear fitted clothes with a breathable fabric to avoid rashes or discomfort. Don’t forget to carry a water bottle to a spin class.
If your seat is adjusted in the wrong settings (like being too high) or if your resistance is too low, you will feel like you are bouncing on the saddle. If this happens with you, get off the bike and adjust the seat height and resistance. Bouncing often rips spinning off its benefits. Hence, proper seat adjustment and posture are really important. Don’t be shy to ask your trainer for help and discuss if you face any discomfort.
Spinning is fun and you could easily overdo this workout. Try to stick to a plan and ensure that you add variety to your workout schedule for the most sustenance results.