Be Amazed By These Benefits of Spinning Classes
Spinning classes have rapidly gathered something of a cult following around the world, and it’s no different here in Melbourne. So what’s all the fuss for? You’ve ridden bikes before and you never felt that zealous about it – what is it that Spin Cycle classes can offer you that makes everyone a fanatic?
Well, it turns out that there’s pretty good reason to make Spinning classes your new favourite pastime. Dive into the list of amazing benefits of Spin here!
You might have been expecting the first benefit to be one of the physical benefits – but don’t worry, we’ll get there. But one of the first things you’ll notice from Spinning is the effect it has on your mind. Before your first class there might be a slight sense of dread as you wait for the music to start and the pedals to whirr, and this heightened anticipation will get your energy levels revving. Throughout the class you’ll slog up hills until you think you can’t do any more, then coast down the slopes with a wave of relief and accomplishment. You’ll push yourself and you’ll be motivated by others, but throughout the class all of your focus is working on overcoming the next moment in front of you. Yoga is a great way to centre, but if you aren’t used to practising mindfulness then it can be easy to drift off into a daydream or think about what you’ll have for dinner. Spinning forces you to be 100% present in the Now, with no room for distractions – and it’s famously cathartic. Immerse yourself in the sensation of exhaustion and energy to be present in the moment completely, and you’ll be beaming all day afterwards.
Enhanced Cardiovascular Health
Spinning needs endurance, but your cardiovascular health will also help to decide how far you can push yourself. When we’re Spinning, where output is high, our heart and lungs are forced to adapt and improve. Just to recap, your heart and lungs are largely responsible for your oxygen intake and blood circulation – two things you want to continue for a very long time. While everyone at the gym remembers to work out the visible muscles, don’t forget that your internal organs are the ones that’ll do the real work for the majority of your life, so they need some attention too. Spinning is great for cardio-phobes or people who avoid cardiovascular exercise because the high energy class speeds by!
It’s YOUR Workout
Some classes can be pretty daunting to start; you might be self-conscious of how many (or little) weights you’re using, or how slow you are compared to others. Spinning classes will make anyone feel welcome, and your workout is yours to determine. It’s up to you to pedal has fast or slow as you can, or to adjust your resistance. You don’t need to learn any routines or particular movements – just sit down and pedal.
Your average Spinning class will burn about 500 calories! For many people who are trying to lose body fat, paying attention to calorie input and output is a priority. It doesn’t take long for the developing legs muscle to start showing through as the body fat starts melting away, and your core will start to take shape too! By paying attention to your posture while you cycle, your abdominal muscles are constantly firing and will also benefit from the exercise.
Plenty of our members avoid some cardio equipment because of the impact on joints and bones, but still need to find a way to maintain a non-sedentary lifestyle. Spinning classes, like cycling, are low-impact – but without the risk of impact on erratic drivers or the pavement! You are seated and should only ever extend your legs to a controlled position, which provides you with a safe and effective workout. For sufferers of arthritis or those with joint injuries, Spinning classes can be an effective tool to remain active or aid rehabilitation.
Don’t get left behind as the pack goes on ahead. Spinning classes keep everyone together, so you can all finish your workout at the same time and share sweaty smiles of an unspoken alliance. When you’re Spinning, you’ll feel yourself becoming more motivated by others – they can’t see what you’re doing so there’s no pressure, but the energy of the room rises and if the guy next to you is giving it everything he’s got then you want to too!
We know you want to try it!
Give a Spin Cycle class a go, and you’ll be hooked – for more information, just talk to our friendly reception team at Kaya.