You Spin Me Right Round: Indoor Group Cycling
Indoor Group Cycling; first introduced as Spinning™ in the 1990’s, by Johnny Goldberg and Mad Dogg Athletics; is now one of the most popular group exercise options available. Small group training classes are now believed to be one of the number one factors of client retention for a health or fitness club; and Indoor Cycling is amongst the most popular options in group training classes.
Indoor Group Cycling is a highly effective cardio and strength workout. In one 45-minute class by a trained instructor, you’ll ride a stationary bike to the beat of awesome, motivational music—and burn up to 600 calories in the process. Not only will your lungs be pumping, you'll also work your glutes, calves, quads, hamstrings, and core. Over time, indoor cycling can decrease body fat and body mass index, and improve overall cardiovascular function.
Indoor cycling is definitely intense and fast-paced, but it’s a great sport for any fitness level. Unlike running, cycling is low-impact, and because you determine how hard you work and your bike's resistance, pulling or straining a muscle is highly unlikely.
With the following benefits of Indoor Group Cycling, why would you not give it a go?:
My Indoor Group Cycling classes are a superb way to burn calories, helping you to lose weight and keep fit in a fun environment. Most people will, if they are working correctly, burn around 400 to 600 calories for every 45 minute session, helping you burn off any unwanted calories and reaching your fitness targets.
Building Muscle Tone
As well as burning off unwanted calories, Group Cycling is a brilliant way to tone and strengthen the muscles in your legs and lower body. You can choose to either build strength, tone the muscles, or do both, depending on the amount of resistance you’re working against on the bike and you can change this throughout the session, so you can concentrate on one or the other.
Increased Cardio Fitness and Stamina
Group Cycling, as well as being a great way to burn calories and build muscle strength and tone, is also absolutely ideal for building cardio fitness and stamina. You don’t have to be a cyclist to feel the benefits, either. Regular Group Cycling sessions will help those in training for any number of endurance events, ranging from long-distance runs like marathons and half marathons, as well as multi-sport events such as triathlons.
Low Impact, Less Risk of Injury
Compared to running, or other such cardio-based activity, Group Cycling puts far less impact through your joints, especially your knees, ankles and hips. This means you can go further and harder without the risk of hurting yourself, helping you get fitter more quickly. You’ll also get the bike set up correctly, meaning you’re cycling at your most efficient, putting less strain on your body and getting the most from each session. Additionally, being based indoors on a stable platform, you won’t fall off and put yourself in danger as you might by riding a bike out on the road, or even running on the streets.
It’s common knowledge that exercise is a great way to reduce stress and depression, thanks to the rush of endorphins everyone experiences during and after their workouts. Add in to this the fact that, with Group cycling classes, you’ve always got an instructor on hand to help keep you positive and motivated and you’ll find it’s a great way to get over the stresses of everyday life.
No Need for Rhythm or Coordination
Unlike many other group fitness classes, Group Cycling doesn’t require you to dance, stand on one leg at any point or balance at all. All you need to do is pedal. This means you don’t have to worry about falling over and bashing into those around you; you can just concentrate on your workout. This means you will be able to enjoy all the benefits that Group Cycling has to offer.
All the Group Cycling bikes come with adjustable levels of resistance on the wheel, meaning you can work at your own pace, building up your strength and fitness levels at a setting you feel comfortable with. No-one else will be aware of what setting you’re on, so there’s no need to worry about judgement from your fellow group cyclists and you can just get on with your workout.
Instructors Keep you Motivated
The highly-trained and experienced Group Cycling instructor is on hand throughout the class to help ensure you get the most out of your session, helping make sure you stay upbeat, motivated and are carrying out the exercise in both a safe and effective manner.
Outdoor Cyclists can Train all Year Round
If you’re a keen outdoor cyclist, but occasionally can’ quite face the wind, rain and general unpleasantness that the British winter occasionally brings with it, then a Group Cycling session is the perfect replacement. You get the same workout without being afraid of getting soaked to the skin and covered in road grime.
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