Spinning classes can be very intimidating. It’s more than just the average workout class where you just walk in with your water bottle. There’s the bike, the shoes, clipping yourself into the bike, and trying not to fly off the bike in the middle of class!
What to expect
First, remember you’ll be walking into a studio that is filled with bikes that are all very close together. The instructor will usually be in the middle, in front of the other bikes. If it’s your first time, most people choose the second row of bikes in the middle. Somewhere that you will still be able to see the instructor but won’t feel like all eyes are on you in the front.
Secondly, give yourself enough time to get set up so going to a spin studio near you is important. A good rule of thumb is to arrive about 30 minutes early. It might seem like a lot of time, but you’ll want to get the help of either the instructor or someone who works there. Spin bikes have special shoes (you’ll probably have to rent these from the studio) that clip into the bikes. This can be a bit tricky to do if you’ve never done it before. Be sure to tell them that it is your first class. They will be able to help you set the seat the right height and distance from the handle bars. You will most likely be doing various arm movements or incorporating light weights that will require you to sit on the bike without holding on to the handle bars. They will also be able to go through the three main positions that are used in spinning classes. These positions are numbered: 1, 2, and 3. The instructor will be calling these out throughout class so you’ll want to make sure you’ve familiarized yourself.
Spin classes are very fast paced workout classes. These classes tend to go through interval training, meaning that you’ll be spinning at different paces and resistances throughout the class. Do take a break if you need to! It is completely okay to stop pedaling your bike to catch your breath. Also, do not feel pressured to be at the pace of everyone else. If you need to go slower or at a lower resistance that is okay. This is your workout.
What to wear
Wear something sweat-proof or moisture-wicking clothes that are comfortable and easy to move around in. Cycling workouts are considered high intensity workouts and while you won’t be jumping or running, prepare to sweat a lot! The room will also tend to get very hot. You will want to wear something that gives your body the support it needs without restricting movement.
Don’t forget to bring a towel. Some studios will provide you with this, but bring one just in case. Make sure that you bring a water bottle. These classes are hard work and you’ll need to stay hydrated.
Remember to have fun! If your nervous, that’s okay too. Everyone was once in your position but after a few classes you’ll be a master at the bike. Be sure to sign up to try your first spin class with us here in Prosper, TX, or contact us here if you have any questions.