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Thoughts on Spinning...(10 posts)

Thoughts on Spinning...TJ Lee
Nov 1, 2001 11:42 AM
Anyone had any luck with spinning classes in the off season, or should I stick to the trainer.

re: Thoughts on Spinning...tarwheel
Nov 1, 2001 1:03 PM
I started spinning classes last winter and swear by them. It's a lot less boring than riding on a trainer because you're cycling with other folks, a "coach" and loud music. You just have to remember to get out of the class what you want, which doesn't necessarily agree with what the instructor is teaching. Most of the spin classes I go to are like doing intervals -- very high intensity workouts for about an hour. If I'm feeling good and fresh, I'll play along with all the standing climbs and sprints. But if I'm recovering from a long weekend ride, I just take it easy and spin.
Three reasons why I goSpokeman
Nov 1, 2001 2:10 PM
No cars in the spin class

No worry about daylight or rain.

Finally(and most important) the VIEW. Momma Mia


They are a great adjunct to your winter training. Have fun and don't take them too seriously.
re: Thoughts on Spinning...Woof the dog
Nov 1, 2001 2:57 PM
Those types of workouts are not best for your knees at all. I donno, but I don't feel its right to go from nothing to doing hard intervals and sprints. In addition, its hard to dial in the correct position on those stupid spinning stationary bikes. Seatposts (if you can call them seatposts) are square and have holes equidistant. Forget the correct knee bend with that one! Same story with saddle forward/backward part. The only choice is to have your own square seatpost made and drilled at the correct height. I've seen someone do it long time ago from I think. Overall, killing myself and my knees on a stupid stationary bike doesn't appeal to me. Try it out and if your knees don't hurt after like 5 workouts, maybe you will pull this off but I won't go near those things unless I can have it dialed in. The truth is out there!

Woof the dawg
I found it great last year...Cartman
Nov 1, 2001 4:36 PM
I went to spinning classes last year, and hit a couple over the weekend due to cold/daylight savings. I found that it helped to keep your fitness level where you are at. You won't see any gains, but it is a good way to stay in shape, and avoid winters woes(snow, cold, ice)
re: Thoughts on Spinning...DCP
Nov 1, 2001 4:38 PM
I tried a class recently. Intense, but short. Good in an interval sense, but probably doesn't do as much for endurance as you could do with a trainer (if you can stay motivated). Some things are really different from the real world of cycling. For example it was a really strange experience to be told to stand and spin like a madman. Just not something I do on a real ride, and considering I nearly knocked the stationary bike over while trying to spin 135 RPM or so, don't think I will try it either.
As a cyclist and instructor....give it a try!BryanJL
Nov 1, 2001 6:19 PM
I agree with most of what has been said above.

Most importantly:

Spinning or indoor cycling classes at gyms should be taken with a grain of salt: it's very hard to find a class that can cater to everyone, so like earlier posts say, go in with an open mind, and do what you can. Also, don't be afraid to try a technique just because its different from the road. Although, sometimes they can be quite puzzling compared to the road (standing and spinning crazily for one, or rapidly jumping up and down in the seat...I personally usually don't do these either on the road or in my classes).

Be sure to get some lower level endurance work too. Indoor classes at gyms sometimes come from a perspective that the more you sweat, the harder you work, the better. Sure, that's got some benefits, but don't kill yourself, stay balanced. I see a lot of people come to my classes for a few weeks, then they disappear for a few--when they come back, they're recovering from illness. While there may not be a direct causal link between these two things, I encourage people to balance their training. Work hard=Rest just as hard.

Try different instructors--they're not all the same! Some come from aerobics backgrounds, some come from cycling backgrounds, some have both. Shop around. Some play loud, upbeat, dance oriented stuff, others use Top 40, and others use classical and most offer a mix. Go with what you like.

As for bike fit and comfort, some love them some hate them. I guess I fall in between. It depends on the bike, but don't expect a custom fit. Alternatively, its generally not so bad. As far as getting dialed in goes, you might not get exact, but generally, you can get pretty close. Remember that pain may not be caused entirely by position but also by the intensity and the tension level you do (or don't ) have on at the time. Stretch!

My experience has been this:

The proper blend of intense intervals (like these classes can offer) and good, quality rest, and quality endurance workouts will only help improve your cycling and health. I know I would go crazy if I couldn't ride at all, so this combo is awesome!

And if you like cycling classes, and think you might like teaching, and would be good at choosing music, and helping other people do the class, go for it! There's a need for more cycling oriented instructors! Check out:

or ask at your local gym regarding instructing, certification, etc.

Ride on,

It could take you to WorldsPack Meat
Nov 2, 2001 7:41 AM
A guy that regularly took my class last year medaled in two events at Track Masters World Championships a few weeks ago. Individual results may vary.
you from Boulder?ColnagoFE
Nov 2, 2001 10:30 AM
If so, where do you teach?
DenverPack Meat
Nov 2, 2001 1:54 PM
I teach "Precision Cycling" at 24 Hour Fitness in Lakewood, it's fun to do this time of year, it keeps me in the gym. If you're in Boulder check out RPM on Spruce Street. I hear people raving about those guys all the time.