Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday's Move of the Week

The Move: Spinning (indoor group cycle)

It’s officially cold outside now, too cold for some of us to workout outside (it’s okay…you can call me wimpy). If you’re like me and are starting to miss the great workouts that you had when it was nice outside, don’t fear, I have the perfect option for you: spinning (indoor group cycling).

Spinning a fantastic cardio conditioning class that combines hill climbs (strength) with racing (endurance). It’s low impact so even folks with bad knees and ankles can participate without a problem. Spinning is a great class for both beginners and avid cyclists because you control your pace and resistance and it doesn’t require any coordination like step or kickboxing classes. Plus, you can burn up to 800 calories in one 50 minute class…wowzer…I know, right!? It’s awesome!

You can find a spinning or group cycle class at your gym or go to one and try a class for free (many gyms allow at least a free week pass). I teach spinning on Monday, Wednesdays and Friday’s at 6 a.m. at the YMCA in the Brookside area, so contact me if you would like a free pass!

Trainer Tips:

  • If you are taking a spinning class for the first time, go easy on yourself. Keep your petals moving the entire class but go at your own pace. The goal for the first class is just to finish.
  • Bring lots of water and a small towel…yep for sweat…you’ll be doing a lot of that.
  • Your rear end might be sore after your first class or two from the bike seat…don’t let this deter you from coming back…it goes away quickly.

Have fun spinning!

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