Indoor cycling offers a fun, low-impact cardio workout in the comfort and safety of an indoor environment. Indoor cycling also has the benefit of toning several distinct muscle groups during the course of a workout. Let’s take a look at which muscles are toned during a session of indoor cycling.
During an indoor cycling workout, you definitely feel the burn in the upper and lower regions of your legs. In the upper leg, you are working your quadriceps and your hamstrings. Your quadriceps -- the large muscles at the front of the thighs that run from the pelvis to the knee -- are worked when you pedal. You feel your quadriceps work especially on the down stroke. The muscles on the back of your thigh, the hamstrings, are worked when you pull up your legs on the up stroke.
In the lower leg, your calf muscles are worked as you push down on the pedals. Pushing down and pulling up with your toes as you pedal helps to isolate the calves and work them extra hard. You can also use cycling shoes that clip into the bike pedals in order to target and sculpt your lower leg muscles.
If you are maintaining the proper hand position, your arms are supporting your upper-body as it bends forward at the hip.
The muscles in your lower back support your upper body as you lean forward to cycle. Lean forward at the hip with your spine straight in order to engage your back muscles. Engaging your back muscles on an indoor cycling bike is a good way to alleviate certain types of back pain as well, since stronger back muscles provide better support. Since indoor cycling is a low-impact activity, your back is in less danger of any jarring movements.
Take a Spinning® class today to learn more about how to get the most out of your indoor cycling workout.