Riding a stationary bike for exercise is quite a bit different than conventional bicycle riding.
- I figured that out when I joined a spin class at a local fitness center.
It wasn’t a relaxing ride but a fantastic means of burning lots of calories. Pedaling very hard and fast for a long duration of time is super exhausting. This style of exercise not only challenges the legs, but also involves the whole body. It isn’t strictly a leg workout. While the quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes are the main muscles working, cycling also uses the whole core. A great deal of muscle control is needed to stabilize and support the body. Speed and resistance are the primary factors of a spin class. I was able to control how quickly I moved my legs as I faced varying degrees of resistance, whether we were emulating the experience of heading uphill or downhill. Throughout the class, the instructor required us to stand up and sit down in the bike seat, forcing us to change our weight distribution repeatedly. It requires balance and stability to stay in motion and really gets the heart rate elevated. Our trainer turns the lights low, plays loud music and does an amazing job of keeping us motivated. I make sure to wear comfortable and cool clothes along with top quality sneakers. I carry a full water bottle and a sweat rag with me. I know that I’m going to enjoy a demanding workout and feel wonderful afterwards. Since beginning the spin class, I’ve lost several pounds and noticed a major improvement in muscle tone. I have more energy, stamina and also confidence.