Spin classes have become all the rage in recent years, creating a whole new genre within the fitness industry.
With an enthusiastic instructor driving the sessions a spin class can seem an intimidating environment, but they’re fun to take part in and extremely good for your fitness.
Read on for our top five tips to get the most out of your spin activities.
Pick a good instructor
Choosing an instructor you can work with will ultimately increase your enjoyment of a spin class.
From the music choices to the way the class is delivered – these things can affect your motivation, so if one instructor doesn’t work for you try someone else.
Take advice from other members or ask for recommendations from staff at the gym’s reception. Alternatively, look for the class that’s always well attended – people don’t tend to stick around if the sessions are poor.
Be comfortable with your bike
Try and get a bike where you can see the instructor clearly – or pre-book your spot if it’s possible to do so. This will make it easier for you to follow the routine.
The staff generally check the bikes to ensure they’re in working order, but give everything a quick once over before starting your workout.
If you’ve been given cycling shoes, ask to be shown how to click in and out. It’s easier than it looks, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Wear suitable clothing
Spin classes are full of people working hard, so expect it to get hot and sweaty. Reading a Slotarena review before joining a class can help boost your budget to purchase the breathable garments you need to keep you comfortable during the session.
Females should invest in a proper sports bra, as you’ll need lots of support during the more vigourous elements of the class.
Build up your fitness
Spin classes are high intensity and can sometimes catch out even the most dedicated fitness fanatic.
Ahead of your first session try to cycle for 10 minutes on a low to medium intensity three times a week, before increasing your time by five minutes each week. Increase your resistance at the same time, using the knob on the bike that allows you to make adjustments. This will strengthen your legs in preparation for your first class.
You’ll soon be cycling on a medium to hard level for at least 25 minutes without a break.
Go at your own pace
It can be tempting to try and match the level of other people in the class, but it’s important that you stay in control of how difficult your own workout is.
The instructor will tell you when to make it harder or easier, but do it at the level you’re comfortable with while trying to push yourself to get the most out of the session. As you get stronger, you can add resistance and speed to ramp up the intensity.