Know This to Ace Your First Indoor Cycling Class

By | February 11, 2018

With any fitness class, I recommend you arrive early to meet the instructor so they know your name and that it’s your first time. Any decent instructor will be glad they know your name and will help you make sure your spin bike is adjusted for your comfort and safety.

As always, it’s very important to dress right. Since these classes can be a really sweaty workout, you will want to wear light apparel. Avoid any sort of sweat pants or hoodies as they will cause you to lose a lot of water and can cause over heating.

Some people like to use their padded bike shorts and if you have these they would be ideal for comfort.
If you also have a pair of biking shoes with stiff souls that can snap into the SPD pedals then those are also ideal. If you don’t have bike shoes simple running or cross trainers will also work fine. Be sure you also wear socks when you ride to avoid blisters and chaffing on your feet.

Because you will lose so much water during the class you certainly want to bring a good size water bottle. If you can, bring a bottle that will fit into the water bottle holder. SIGG bottles and Nalgenes typically don’t fit very well causing you to put them on the floor and making it tough to stay hydrated.

Finally, remember that you are in control of everything you do during the class. Your bike is your own and no one is going to force you to adjust the resistance beyond what you are comfortable with. So even if the instructor tells everyone to give the resistance knob 100 cranks, you don’t have to if you know it’s beyond your abilities. The bottom line is that you are in control so don’t feel pressured to do anything you are not capable of.

Have fun! Indoor cycling is all about feeling good and basically dancing on your bike to the music.

* Some instructors play their music louder than you might like. If you are new to a class or a new instructor you might want to bring a pair of ear plugs if you are sensitive to loud music.
* If you are very new to indoor clycling, you can probably try out a spin bike for a few minutes outside of a class. This will help you get a feel for the bike and help you make a decision if it’s the right kind of exercise for you before you commit to a full class.

Be fit and live free,

Matt Schifferle

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