If you love cycling but the idea of pedalling out in the midst of a downpour doesn’t appeal to you in the slightest, then how about spinning classes? You can spin a couple of times a week alongside cycling to ensure that whatever the weather, you get a healthy dose of saddle time in each week.
Spinning has taken the nation by storm in recent years – everyone seems to be at it from the self-confessed cycling addicts to exercise-allergic office workers. What’s so good about it that the UK can’t get enough? We asked an international spinning master instructor, Michelle Colvin, to tell us exactly why we should all start spinning.
I actually wasn’t fond of Spinning when I started back in 2000 because it was hard on my legs. However, as I began to get accustomed to the training and saw some weight loss and muscle definition appear, I was hooked. A spin class can burn on average 500 calories. Even at challenging levels, other cardio equipment couldn’t burn that many calories in such a short time.
Spinning can be performed as an anaerobic exercise, pulling energy from reserves and building up muscular endurance over an extended period of time. However, there are also aerobic benefits. Spin classes include both endurance and cardiovascular training.
Heart health is an obvious benefit, as is lung capacity. As we work harder we will learn to work on controlled breathing, as well. This may help with anxiety and help lower the heart rate when in a situation where physical exertion begins to take the breath away.