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How many of you...(14 posts)

How many of you...APG
Oct 2, 2001 10:33 AM
...go to spin classes? Do real roadies spin? I've found it very beneficial for learing to pedal in "circles" and get rid of the dead spots in my stroke. Also found it useful for turning the pedals at a higher cadence.

Thought? Comments?

re: At least a few do..dzrider
Oct 2, 2001 10:44 AM
An lbs nearby has some spin classes - if they call them that - in a back room. Some of the riders are definitely
real. We bring our bikes, stands and rollers, spin our feet, and do our best to amuse eachother. It beats the basement. I've not been to any at health clubs or gyms.
re: How many of you...turnleft
Oct 2, 2001 11:00 AM
stop being a gym drone and go outside. just because its getting cold, one should not retreat to the gym. now that said, spinning on rollers indoors is quite challenging, beneficial to form, AND you can respect yourself in the morning. stay off those schwinn fitness stationaries!!!
re: How many of you...bianchi boy
Oct 2, 2001 11:20 AM
I started going to spin cycle classes at the local YMCA last December when it was unseasonably cold here in NC. Kept it up all winter long when the weather was cold, rainy and nasty. It definitely helped me, particularly my climbing. You just have to be careful it doesn't mess up your form because a lot of the instructors (at least where I go) spend much of the time grinding away at low cadence. I don't mind doing some of these simulated "climbs" but like to keep my cadence above 80-90 rmp when possible.
I agree on the instructors...UncleMoe
Oct 2, 2001 12:45 PM
Its funny when they do their simulated climbs and they have you crank the tension way up. As if I you are climbing a 40% incline or something!

When I don't add as much tension and keep spinning at at-least 80, everyone looks at me like I'm cheating. Ummm, ni, I'm just being realistic.
Real roadies...Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 12:36 PM
do whatever they need to do to stay in shape all year round. My return to road cycling was helped along by getting in shape via spinning all last winter. If you can't ride outdoors, go to a spin class or get some rollers. I agree about watching your cadence though. Many spin instructors (at least at my gym) don't ride a "real" bike so they grind away like they're climbing Mt. Everest.
Real roadies...Jon
Oct 2, 2001 1:11 PM
I remember quite a while ago when the coaches were still answering questions over at www.ridefast.
com that Chris Carmichael was asked about spin classes for winter training. His answer was that
they're okay as a winter alternative so long as one sticks within the parameters of reasonable
road bike workouts and as long as one doesn't overdo the intensity in the wintertime, so as to avoid
burnout come springtime. He suggested once or twice per week would be plenty, since spinning
classes are usually so intense.
Good point...Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 1:30 PM
plus you can "individualize" your workout by just turning the tension up or down. I would also recommend starting in a spin class with an instructor who also rides a real bike.
spinning classes are like doing intervals ...bianchi boy
Oct 3, 2001 8:59 AM
At least the ones I go to. So I try not to go 2 days in a row, or more than 2-3 times a week. However, if we get a spell of nasty weather I might go more often, and then I just go at my own pace and ignore the instructor. You need to still pay attention to having recovery days, particularly with such an intense workout.

What's funny about the spin classes I go to is that most of the regulars don't ride a real bike with any frequency or at all. I've tried to interest some of them in group rides with the local bike club and most of them aren't interested or don't feel safe riding in traffic or don't want to spend the money. There are a couple of other roadies that I know of who go to our Y classes. We all agree that the spin classes are tough workout, even if you're riding some serious mileage on your road bike. Me and other roadie both missed spin classes for a couple months during the summer when the weather was good for riding outdoors, and we both noticed how tough the spin cycle class was after returning -- even though we were both riding 150-200 miles a week on the road.
I think that Spinning is very valuablejtolleson
Oct 2, 2001 1:49 PM
Here in Denver, the winter is tough on cyclists. Sure, some unseasonably warm days can open up the bike path, but country roads are covered in sand and gravel and the high country is still ice and snow.

Spinning is the most physically-intense cycling-specific training I've found other than being on the bike.

As for the high resistance climbing workouts, they may not mimic your actually experience climbing, but are good strength-specific cross-training of sorts.

I'm a spinning fan, though get the most out of classes taught by serious cyclists (there are many such classes here). But even the classes taught by gym bunny aerobic instructors give me good music, good company, and a chance to put on my cycling garb and crank for an hour. What could possibly be bad about that???
where do you take classes?ColnagoFE
Oct 2, 2001 2:45 PM
I'm from Boulder and actually teach at 3 clubs there. Also take classes at the downtown denver Y on occasion. With a 6 year old and a 6 month old I need to get my training whenever I can find time and Spinning is a good quick way to get a workout in. It's all about the instructor. If you have a bad instructor you'd be better off staying home on the trainer.
where do you take classes?jtolleson
Oct 2, 2001 3:08 PM
I was at the Colorado Athletic Club downtown (where the instructors ranged widely) but am now at the Athletic Club at Denver Place, and my experience has been very positive (7 months there now).
where do you take classes?ColnagoFE
Oct 3, 2001 9:24 AM
I've taken a couple of classes there. My boss goes there. The Y was cheaper though! Instructors vary, but since I teach Spinning I just do my own thing if they get too wacky.
buddy of mine's been spinning about six months...cory
Oct 2, 2001 5:57 PM
...and he flat kicks my butt now. he was always a little faster, but this is WEIRD.
Why don't I do it, too? Because I have a wife, kids and a life. He has a bicycle.