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Spin is a high-intensity interval workout that has grown considerably in popularity in recent years. So why is riding a bike indoors suddenly so interesting? Maybe it’s because the benefits of this exercise are incredible. That, coupled with a very low risk of injury and fun environment, makes spinning a very worthwhile endeavor for those looking for a quality workout protocol. Below are 3 reasons why you should Try a Spin Class.
1. Weight Loss
A study published in 2008 in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that high-intensity exercise was more effective in reducing participants’ overall belly fat when compared to low-intensity exercise. The 16 weeks study looked at women who exercised at a very high intensity for short periods of time, 3 times a week and at a lower intensity 2 times a week. They were compared to participants who engaged in a continuous low intensity workout, 5 times a week. At the end of the 16-week period, those in who engaged in the high intensity workouts lost more weight in their stomach region than those in the low intensity group. Participants burned roughly 400 calories per workout across all intensities, which is the average amount of calories burned during a 45 minute spin session. If you desire a flat stomach, Spin classes may help you get there. Find out more about how spin classes can help you shed unwanted pounds.
2. Low Impact
Since you’re riding a bike, spin classes offer those with conditions such as arthritis the opportunity to engage in exercise that won’t put undue stress on joints. Spinning is also great for those who are new to exercise in general. Contrary to what you may have been exposed to on TV or in movies, most spin classes are not several hours of nonstop punishment. Instead, they usually fall between the 45-60-minute range.
Most instructors are very accommodating and if you need to decrease your bike’s resistance or leave earlier than the allotted time, they’ll understand. Some instructors even encourage taking it easy the first few sessions as Spin is meant to build endurance and overexerting too soon can cause delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The good news is that you do build tolerance and will find that it becomes less challenging with each passing class. In fact, many spinners actually learn to love the feeling!
You should always contact your doctor before starting any workout regimen and Spin is no different. Studies have shown that Indoor Cycling is a good alternative to other more rigorous exercise for those at risk for, or already have, heart disease and diabetes. Your program can be tailored to accommodate your needs. Expect your heart rate to increase considerably during your session and stay elevated for a bit after the workout. Spin is an excellent cardiovascular exercise.
A study published in the April 2016 edition of the Journal of Fitness Research found that replacing one session of moderate intensity exercise with two 30-minute sessions of high-intensity exercise resulted in improved cardiovascular and metabolic profiles as well as enhanced body composition. So basically, participants of this study ended up with healthier hearts, improved insulin sensitivity, and enhanced physiques! High-intensity exercises such as Spin is like hooking up a pair of jumper cables to your metabolism. And the best part about this is that all of these healthy benefits are gained without the need for potentially harmful medications, such as statins and over the counter fat burning stimulants.
3. Muscle Toning
A typical spin session will place continuous resistance on the lower body’s large muscles such as the calves, glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings. Some classes will incorporate free weight giving you a chance to work on your arms as well. Some sources online claim that spin classes can cause you to gain weight. What they all neglect to mention is that any possible gains actually come from gaining muscle (which weighs more than fat) in the leg region. Burning unwanted fat and gaining muscle is the name of the game when it comes to spinning.
Adding resistance while cycling is a key way to develop and tone leg muscles. Most bikes have a resistance setting. Increase the tension of the pedals by hitting the up arrow on the console. You can also simply pedal faster to achieve a higher calorie burn rate. Remember that burning the fat from the surrounding muscle is what achieves that desirable sculpted and defined look!
Spin is has enjoyed much publicity in recent years and as a result has exponentially risen is popularity. You won't have to look for long to find spin classes available in your area. Tip: Each class and instructor will have its own vibe, so don't hesitate to "try" them on until you find one that fits your style and needs! If a low impact, muscle toning, fat burning exercise sounds like something you'd like to try, you should seriously consider finding a local spin class today!