Well after weeks of deliberating whether to jump on the wagon or not.. Shall I, shan’t I…. Umm’ing and aa’ing.. I’ve finally given in and am fully on the Spin wagon!
It’s taken a while but I’m there! Just a small ingredient in my plan to carving the perfect butt! ; )
My Blog on Gym Music and what gets me going seemed to go down well last week with a lot of positive feedback, thank you all! A few of you have asked what I listen to whilst Spinning. I am yet to choose my Spin Playlist, but I will be doing so soon, once I have completed the Master Class Spin Course next Friday, which I’m very excited about! Quite intense on the old Glutes I’m told .. well after a 45 minute class they are aching, so 9am-5pm is going to be a treat for them!!! Hopefully I’ll be walking like John Wayne afterwards.
So why Spin?! After asking the very same question myself, I decided to find out….
The Cardiovascular exercise helps WEIGHT LOSS as does any cardio. Burning more calories than you are taking in is key for this though. 45-60 minutes on the Spin bike alternating between high and low intensity burns those evil calories fast.
MUSCLE ENDURANCE is characterised by doing consecutive muscle contractions for a long period of time. When you use a spin bike at a moderate intensity, you can increase the muscle endurance in your legs. – Perfect !! 🙂
STRENGTH – Working out on a spin bike utilises a lot of muscles. The glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves and even abs are all targeted. Working out on the bike can help tone and strengthen these areas, especially if you turn the resistance up high so you have to stand to pedal.
NON-IMPACT – People who have joint issues should not place too much force on their legs, because it can worsen their condition. Spin bikes are used in a seated position with no force coming down on the joints, making it a safe, non-impact exercise.
CONVENIENCE – Spinning classes are led by an instructor, and there is loud, upbeat music playing. This can be beneficial if you have never used a spin bike before, or if you have a hard time getting motivated to exercise. Once you learn how to use the bike, you can incorporate it into your own workouts without having to rely on an instructor
POSTURE – Having bad posture can lead to muscle imbalances and slouching. When you work out on the spin bike, you need to engage muscles in the hips, trunk and shoulders to stabilise your body. This will improve your posture and your balance at the same time.
… So there you have it! .. Plenty of reasons to give it a go. As scary as it looks, it’s really not! I’m totally hooked and can’t wait for my session again in the morning!
Watch out Glutes – you’re in trouble !! 🙂
Once I’ve mastered the art of teaching Spin, (ambulance pre-ordered – CHECK).. I will keep you posted on music possibilities for it. It will be a lot more upbeat than my regular playlist though that’s for sure!!
Catch you all in the week,
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