How To Tackle Your First Spinning Class

Going to a spinning class can be overwhelming. If you don’t know what to expect, you might have a tough time clipping into your indoor-cycling bike or keeping pace with your fellow workout buddies. Here’s the scoop on surviving and thriving during your first spinning class.

What to bring 

Don’t feel as if you have to wear bike shorts. In fact, most people sport stylish and conservative fashion choices similar to what you’d see in a Pilates or yoga class. Furthermore, it’s important that you bring along a water bottle, towel and a change of clothes for after the class. Many trendy cycling classes will you leave you pouring sweat, which could make for an uncomfortable commute.

Upon arrival

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can check in at the front desk. When you meet with the gym representative, inform him or her that it’s your first time. That way, someone can show you the ropes. Be honest if you need help adjusting your seat or clipping into your bike for the first time.

The moves

Once your instructor enters the room, class will likely begin on a light note and pick up gradually. Some of the hardest portions of the workout are during the middle of class. Keep this in mind and push yourself to maximize your workout without burning yourself out before the session is over.

You’ll be prompted with several terms from the instructor, many of which are cycling jargon that aren’t frequently used outside of a spinning environment. If you hear the teacher say “one,” it means to remain seated on the bike. If you hear “two,” you should stand up on the bike. When the instructor says “three,” lunge forward so your hands clasp the top of the handles and so that your backside just brushes the seat.

Some classes stop for water breaks, but many leave them at the discretion of the students. Don’t be afraid to slow down or take a sip of water when necessary.

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