Benefits of Spinning

Maria Jennings, Staff Writer

Have you ever noticed those people in the gym that walk out of a room, looking like they are soaking wet? They most likely just got finished with a spinning class. Most of us are afraid to try it. With all the benefits of spinning, you may want to give it shot. The only thing you have to lose is calories…and lots of them. Whether you are in front of a live trainer or following a video instructor, you may want to consider the benefits of spinning. Spinning is a cardiovascular cycling workout that is done on a stationary bike on which the tension can be increased, decreased, mileage and lapsed time is kept by a small computer. You are not outside in the harsh weather or competing with traffic. A big reason why people take spinning classes is because of the large amount of calories you burn. A good thirty minute workout in a spinning class, one can burn as much as 500 calories. Usually an actual class is one hour, so you can burn up to 800 to 1,000 calories. Cardiovascular health is another big reason why people are choosing to take spinning classes. Spinning is an anaerobic exercise, which pulls energy from your reserves and builds up your muscular endurance over an extended period of time. Planned spinning programs include both endurance and cardiovascular training during the workout. You are in control on your cycle. Whether you are in an actual class or following a video, the amount of resistance you apply, as you gain strength and endurance is up to you. On the cycle there is a resistance control knob within easy reach of the handle bars, for you to make it harder or easier. Time flies when you are having fun. Since what you are doing on the cycle is constantly changing, the times seem to go by much faster. There are so many different ways to change up the program and the pace, so you are always interested. There are so many people that are not able to participate in a lot of the exercise classes, due to bad knees and ankles. Spinning is low impact and keeps the pressure off your knees and feet. In addition, to low impact, it will not take long for your effort s to show up as weight loss and give you more shapely legs. You should see a difference by doing three spinning workouts a week. While you are working out your legs, your abdominal muscles are also getting a great workout. Be sure you are using correct posture so you will work the right muscle groups. You may not see results immediately, but over time you will feel your entire body toning up. So next time you have the chance to try a spinning class, give it a try. It is recommended to do no more than three days of spinning a week. This is a great way to get your body and mind in shape. Don’t forget a sweat towel and water…you’re going to need it.

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One Response to Benefits of Spinning

  1. vanessa salvucci says:

    An instructor once said that the WATTS were too high at 280 and could be dangerous and that having the resistance at 20 – 24 was also not good. Is this correct information? What is the best choice for the watts, rpms and resistance for a 41 yr old active female? I would love some feedback. Thanks

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