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Remember the feeling of freedom you got as you set out on your bike as a kid, wind in your hair with the open road at your wheels?
Well, you’re probably not gonna get that exact sense of freedom from a spin class, but you will get a butt-kicking, alternative workout whose bumpin’ music can help you burn up to 900 calories per session.
Spin class is super fun, but not for the faint of heart. So we figured we’d give you a little heads up of what you’re diving into!
Since you’re spinning in place, many spin instructors will give the class a theme to spice things up. Make sure to read up on which class you’re choosing to make sure it’ll be an effective workout for you. Some sessions may be done with dimmed lights and a disco atmosphere. Others bring the outdoors in to make you feel like you’re really out on a biking adventure. Some special classes will even mix in upper body workouts and resistance bands too!
Spin class works up a SWEAT. Make sure to wear your gym clothes or even some moisture-wicking clothes to stay comfortable. Some spin classes require cycling shoes, but you should be fine with your normal athletic shoes in most cases.
And did we mention the sweat? Grab a towel and drape it over the handlebars in case you need it for easy access during the class.
Grab a Bike
Most spin classes will have you sign up ahead of time to reserve a seat in the class. Since the instructor is going to be shouting out directions, getting a bike up front will make it easier to follow along.
You’ll also want to make sure you create the perfect fit on your bike. The correct height of the seat is when one leg is at a 30-degree angle at the bottom of a pedal stroke. Position your handlebars so you’re not straining your back or neck. The balls of your feet should rest on the center of the pedal with your kneecap aligning directly with the center as well.
Learn the Lingo
In spin class, you’ll need to spend some time learning the numbers (although it shouldn’t take too long). Some instructors may call out different numbers for different hand positions on the bars, but typically, gripping the center of the bar is Position 1, for warm-ups and cool downs. For most of the class, your hands will be in Position 2, or right on the bar that crosses the body. Position 3 is for standing and climbing hills. Again, getting a spot up front your first few classes should help you learn the lingo in no time!
Have you tried a spin class before? Or did we inspire you to? Tell us all about it in the comments!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.