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Spinning and Basketball: Q&A With Al-Farouq Aminu

Q: Tell us about your experience in your first Spinning® class. Was it what you thought it would be?
A: I wouldn’t say it was what I thought it would be. I really didn’t have any idea what indoor cycling or Spinning was. I imagined one steady, flat road-style ride. It was actually a lot better. I was surprised to see there was an instructor and I liked how she lead everyone through difference movements both in and out of the saddle. I loved that there was music to keep the ride exciting and motivating. Overall I really enjoyed it.

Q: You’re a tall guy, so how did you feel on the Spinner® NXT bike?
A: The bike was really sturdy and I felt good on it. The only problem was that the handlebars couldn’t go quite high enough, so my knees would hit them every now and then. I’m looking forward to trying the new Spinner® Blade that has even more adjustability.

Q: How do you think Spinning has helped your endurance? Strength?
A: I definitely got a good sweat and it held my endurance. It’s great for training in the off-season because it’s light on the the legs and joints. There isn’t any pounding like we get during the season.

Q: How often do you take Spinning classes during the season? Off season?
A: I was taking them once a week during the lockout, but now that we’re back in season, I am not able to get to class as often as I would like.

Q: What other forms of exercise do you do to keep in shape?
A: I do a combination of things to make sure I don’t get bored and to keep the muscles guessing. I like biking, running, swimming and resistance band work. I like to mix it up and keep things interesting.

Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu Bio

Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu is an American basketball player for the New Orleans Hornets. As a freshman during the 2008–2009 season at Georgia Tech, he was a unanimous selection for the ACC All-Freshman Team. Aminu posted 10 double-doubles that year, including five in conference action. He led all freshmen and ranked sixth in the ACC with 8.3 rebounds per game. Aminu was also second among all league rookies with 13.0 points per contest.

Aminu was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA draft with the 8th overall pick. In 2011 he was traded to the New Orleans Horntets. Follow Aminu on Twitter: @farouq1


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