The Benefits of Spinning

First of all, the Tweedlets would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May 2015 bring you success, happiness and good health.

A quick update with our lives: Tiff and I are both back in the UK now, ready for a new term of Uni. We’ve had a great xmas break back in Hong Kong seeing friends, family and catching up with Asian delicacies! But now its time to come back to reality and focus on uni work!

New Year, New Resolutions. I am sure a number of you have made resolutions this year to get active and exercise more (so have I), so in this post I’d like to share with you the benefits of spinning or some may call it ‘studio cycling’. I personally find it hard to motivate myself to go to the gym and I hardly ever make it through a workout without feeling bored. Attending fitness classes are a great way to motivate yourselves, as you have a bunch of people around you working hard and it instantly becomes less tedious. I started spinning 2 months ago when I decided to try it out at my Uni’s sports park where they offer a variety of fitness classes. The ones I go to is 45 minutes long and I’ve always left the class feeling great about myself and about life in general.

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What it involves: Cycling on a stationary bike with a bunch of people, to upbeat, pumping music. The ride will involve sprints, hill climbs, intervals and more. The bike has a resistance of 0-20 and your instructor will tell you when to crank up the resistance as you cycle.

Why I like it: I particularly like the fact that you are working out to a good beat with a group of people who range from beginners to advanced cyclers. A good instructor will motivate you and push you to your limits. After my first spin class I was absolutely drenched in sweat and my butt was aching from the triangular seat and my legs felt like jelly – despite all of that, it felt pretty darn good and since then I have always gone back for more spinning fun! I am not a cycler at all and have really enjoyed it, so it is not a problem for novice cyclers.

Benefits:

1 – Scorches a high number of calories

Spinning burns 7.2-13.6 calories per minute and around 500 calories per class.

2 – Works your legs

Spinning is great for leg toning, it works your glutes, thighs and calves.

3 – Cardio exercise

Spinning involves sprints, hill climbs, intervals, circuits which all get your heart pumping and is great for improving overall fitness. People who play team sports – this is a great way to get fit without pounding up and down the pavement on your own.

4 – Motivation

Cycling to high tempo music with 12-20 people is much more motivating than compared to running on a treadmill on your own. Every session is a challenge and the harder you work, the more you will gain from it. It is completely up to how much effort you put into each session.

Tips for beginners:

1 – Bring a towel

Trust me, you will sweat A LOT! And you don’t want to get your sweat all over the bike hay.

2 – Stay hydrated

Throughout the cycle, you will get periods to fit in a few sips during the ‘rest’ cycle. You will be working up a sweat so you need to replenish that lost water.

3 – Pace yourself

Classes can be very intense and its best to know your own fitness levels and not try to push yourself too hard that you feel really ill. Go at our own pace and don’t feel the need to have to keep up with everyone else.

4 – Be ready for a challenge

Spin classes are definitely a challenge that pushes your body and mind physically and mentally. It is a great way to kick start your day or to let out steam from any stress you may be feeling from life or work.

Let me know in the comments section below if you have tried spinning or are regular spinners! What are your thoughts about spinning?

Happy Spinning :)

Lots of Love,
Tweedle D xoxoxo

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