For All Spinning® Enthusiasts

Indoor Cycling Etiquette

Spinning® indoor cycling is one of the hottest fitness trends out there.  If you are not already a participant in this challenging and entertaining workout regimen, chances are that you have at least heard of it. Newcomers are always welcome in the Spinning® community, but to ensure that each class runs as smoothly as possible, there are a few guidelines you should familiarize yourself with.

 

First, make sure you bring a water bottle. Spinning® indoor cycling classes are fun, but they are also very intense. You will get tired, and you will get thirsty. Bringing your own water bottle will not only keep you properly hydrated, but it will also keep you from having to walk to the water fountain mid-session. You should also bring a towel. Your stationary bike and general workout area will be covered in water and sweat by the end of your class. Wiping down both is absolutely essential to the longevity of the equipment and the safety of your classmates.

 

Out of respect for your instructor and classmates, it is imperative that you follow instructions at all times. Please remember that your instructor’s routine has been specifically designed to give you the most complete workout. Straying from that routine will undoubtedly minimize your fitness results, and it could even put you at greater risk of injury. So please, trust and follow your instructor at all times.

 

The importance of creating and maintaining a pleasant experience for all Spinning® class participants cannot be stressed enough. Something you might not have contemplated is the need to wear deodorant or antiperspirant. You will generate a ton of body heat and sweat during your cycling session, and bodily odors can reach offensive levels under such conditions. Make sure you are as fresh as possible beforehand. Also refrain from using your cell phone or carrying on conversations with the people around you. You will have plenty of time for socializing before and after class. Please give the instructor your undivided attention and allow your classmates to do the same.

 

Finally, if you sign up, then do your best to show up for the class. Indoor cycling is a very popular form of exercise, so there are often fewer openings than there are people interested.  If you aren’t able to make it to a class, let the instructor know as soon as possible, so a spot can be opened for someone else.

 

Don’t let these guidelines convince you that Spinning® classes are conducted in a boot camp atmosphere.  For the most part, they are simply matters of common sense and common courtesy.  Be considerate of your instructor and your classmates, and be prepared for a fun and challenging experience.  Enjoy your workout!

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