Indoor cycling music has taken the world by storm. You’ll find these high energy, music-pumping classes at gyms and specialized fitness studios all over the world. Consider these 10 informative facts about the high-intensity sport of indoor cycling:
- Spinning® was revolutionized in the mid-1980s by personal trainer and endurance bicycle racer Johnny Goldberg (“Johnny G”). He competed in two cross-country bicycle races and was passionate about helping people to get in shape.
- The first official Spinning® programs were offered in Goldberg’s Santa Monica, California fitness center in 1989, at Voight Fitness in West Hollywood in 1991, and in 1993 at Crunch Gyms in New York.
- Indoor cycling uses specific hand positions and five core movements. Hand positions 1, 2 and 3 are identified by the area where your hands should be placed onto the handlebar. Use a relaxed grip to avoid neck and shoulder tension. The five core movements are seated flat, seated climb, standing flat, standing climb and jumps. The different positions target different muscles.
- The average indoor cyclist can burn 400-600 calories during a 40 minute workout when averaging 80-110 rpm’s - an equivalent to 15-20 road miles.
- Indoor cycling is a low impact workout that enhances your cardiovascular health and is easy on the knees and other joints. Indoor cycling also improves strength and diabetes control, reduces blood pressure and helps with weight loss.
- Indoor cycles can be adjusted to different levels of resistance to simulate various terrain and road conditions and to accommodate different fitness levels.
- Indoor cycling is a great full body workout, and some indoor cycling programs now include barbells or resistance bands for additional upper body toning.
- Indoor cycling classes use music to motivate participants to reach their speed and endurance goals.
- Indoor cycling participants may experience a rush of endorphins that can aid in mental health. Benefits include better sleep, lower stress levels and deeper relaxation.
- Indoor cycling programs use visualization to achieve a mind-body connection for participants and encourage students to focus on their body movements and deep breathing.
If you are just starting out, as with any new workout regimen, talk to your doctor before you begin a new indoor cycling program. Indoor cycling is an intense workout. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your workout to prevent dehydration. Also be sure to leave the loose fitting clothes at home. Wear snug workout gear with padded bike shorts.
You can take indoor cycling to the next level in your own home with the Spinner® Aero Exercise Bike. The purchase of each Spinner® bike comes with free shipping and 4 Spinning® DVD’s.