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Potentially Stupid Spinning Class Question(14 posts)

Potentially Stupid Spinning Class Questionfunknuggets
Aug 27, 2003 8:34 AM

No, I dont live under a rock. I've just never been to or asked about these new-fangled spinning classes. We (my family and I) just joined a gym and they have a spinning class. I imagine this might be fun for the off-season, so I have asked a few people at the office about their experiences. Competitive cyclists... what do you think?

Two, do you wear your tennis shoes, or do they have spd pedals, or should I wear mtn shoes OR something with a hard sole, and lastly... a gal at work indicated that there are people at her class that dress in full team kits...WTF??? No helmets OR glasses, of course... but why the jerseys?

Sorry I am so naieve about this, it just really suprized me. Do you guys find more benefits from your rollers/trainers than these stationarys from a motivation perspective?

Thanks in advance,
Helmets! LOL!Spunout
Aug 27, 2003 8:42 AM
Fun, but if you are on a training plan, you might not want to do all of the hammering during the winter.
If you find a good program it's not all hammering (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 27, 2003 9:13 AM
re: Potentially Stupid Spinning Class QuestionNo_sprint
Aug 27, 2003 8:48 AM
I'm a racer and I teach spin. Matter of fact I'm the program coordinator for local association of gyms. Firstly, the quality of the class largely depends upon the instructor. Most, unfortunately are transplanted aerobics instructors who don't know anything. Second, they have clipless pedals. My gyms are all Look compatible. Next, jerseys are much better because if you're in a cotton t-shirt and working hard, you'll be a large wet towel. Last, the more you know about training, the better you can utilize spinning to supplement your program.
you sweat a lotColnagoFE
Aug 27, 2003 9:10 AM
jersies wick more moisture away than a t-shirt. wear a t-shirt and you end up soaked by the end of class. i'd suggest SPD or Look shoes. Most gyms have the "tri" pedals that will accept both types. I think Spinning is a great quick way to get a workout.
Funniest thing I saw in a gymSteve Young
Aug 27, 2003 9:32 AM
Was a guy falling off his stationary bike - it wasn't even a spinner - in the gym. I'm not sure what caused it - I was running and just heard a crash from the other side of the room. He didn't injure himself but he looked pretty sheepish about it - perhaps he shold have been wearing a helmet :)

More to the point. I used to go to spin classes fairly regularly on Saturday morning although I haven't been for a while yet. My experience (in the U.K.) was that all the bikes had flat pedals on them. However in some cases the gym is O.K. if you take your own clipless pedals and a wrench and put them on (I can imagine this may not be allowed everywhere so if you did plan on doing this I'd alsotake some standard sneakers to use on the flats they provide - just in case).

Cycling shorts are a good idea (comfort wise) if you are not planning on doing anything other than the spin class while you're at the gym. I wore a running vest as that was fairly cool and you can get hot on a trainer if you're working out hard. Team kit ??!!

Finally, my top tip would be DON'T STOP pedalling after a hard effort. The spinner bikes I have used have always been of the "fixed" wheel type - i.e. the pedals and the wheel is linked without a freewheel so if you go hard and then suddenly stop pedalling you will injure yourself. It's like riding track and easy to forget if you haven't done it before. And however much the instructor tells you, someone always trys to launch themselves.

I've seen someone launch themselves from a fixed spinnerColnagoFE
Aug 27, 2003 10:34 AM
not a good thing. luckily they only pulled some breaks. I've also broken a BB on a Spinner while doing a hard standing climb. I was able to hold on but almost went over the front. Good thing I had a good grip on the bars.
I was almost launched from a stationary trainer . . .ms
Aug 27, 2003 12:10 PM
On Thursday nights in the winter a group of us bring our trainers and rollers and do a group "ride" (usually a Spinervals tape) at our LBS. Last year I was on my trainer, when the guy next to me on rollers stood up when Coach Troy told us to stand. The next thing I knew the guy next to me (all 6' 4" of him) and his bike were crashing on to me! I had the presence of mind to shift my weight to counteract the hit, but I almost went over. We all had a good laugh after it was over, but I am glad that it did not turn out worse (there was a guy on rollers on the other side of me too -- we would have been human dominos). It would have been embarassing to explain to people that I hurt myself from falling off a stationary trainer.
Saw something similar here too...No_sprint
Aug 27, 2003 12:15 PM
While warming up for a crit last year, one of our beautiful cat 2 ladies fell over on her trainer, took the bike and all with her. Some of us like to remind her of that every once in a while.
Don't guess53T
Aug 27, 2003 9:56 AM
Call the gym and ask what kind of pedals they have.

Jerseys, or even a Nike dryfit of some cool max tee sirt beats cotton any day. The spin studio usually has a big fan or two, so as long as your shirt wicks, the fans will keep you cool and somewhat dry. Definately wear you paded shorts. The saddles are overpadded, but not are not too crazy. The instructor won't be wearing a cotton tee shirt. If you're lucky, she won't be wearing much at all. Did you ask about motivation?
The Spin Instructors At My Gym Are Smokintincanman99
Aug 27, 2003 1:20 PM
I belong to the NYSC. All the Spin instructors are female, young with bodies you could bounce a quarter off of. Teeny tiny sport bra's with either stretchy shorts or those hip hugger pants they love. And ALL TAN.

90% have a belly button ring as well.

Life is very good. The Spin classes will build up your cardio endurance like you have never seen. Personally I love 'em.

I have heard some men complaining that the instructors are too distractors. Personally I love the eye candy.

In my gym if you brought your own pedals its not going to happen. BTW there are a couple of hardcore roadies that wear spandex and everyone else thinks they are freaks.
The Spin Instructors At My Gym Are Smokinxxl
Aug 27, 2003 6:24 PM
I'm with you guys; young hardbody instructors are just the best motivational carrot. (nm)
Changing Pedelstwospoke
Aug 28, 2003 6:16 AM
I Belong to NYSC as well, and while I have not taken a spin class since March, I did take them all of last winter, and in fact brought my own pedals every time.
I think the best way to go about it is not to make a scene, Try to getthere 10 minutes early, and use a bike at the back of the room, I never had any problems.
re: Potentially Stupid Spinning Class Questiontarwheel
Aug 28, 2003 4:17 AM
Spin classes are a great way to maintain your cycling fitness in winter and/or rainy crappy weather. I haven't been to a spin class all summer, but go 1-2 days/week after daylight savings time ends. Most of the spinners at my Y wear padded lycra cycling shorts, and a few (like me) wear cycling jerseys. I wear a jersey because cotton t-shirts become a soggy mess in 5 minutes. You sweat a lot more in spin classes than cycling outdoors because there is no wind to cool you down. I also wear cycling gloves because I am prone to hand numbness (but I don't wear a helmet while spinning). Spin classes are like doing intervals, at least at my Y classes. Very intense workout, with lots of standing climbs and sprints. A lot depends on the instructor and some of them suck -- particularly the ones who try to turn spin sessions into glorified aerobics classes. You learn to avoid those classes. Music selection is another factor in picking instructors and a play-list can make the hour go by quickly. A lot of sweet chicks take spin classes at my Y and that also makes the classes worthwhile.