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Mid-Week Poll: Who Takes Spinning Classes?(23 posts)

Mid-Week Poll: Who Takes Spinning Classes?velocity
Dec 10, 2003 11:44 AM
I started a couple of months ago. Had been curious about it for years but the gym I was going to wasn't offering classes. Several people I ride with tout it -- and some of these are among the strongest riders I know. Recently joined a new gym, partly because they offer spinning. I've become an addict! What a high! 2 or 3 times/week I've been spinning at lunchtime. 1 or 2 times after work. It's envigorating and a great stress-reliever. And a whole lot less boring than riding a stationary alone.
Dec 10, 2003 11:56 AM
I go to them once in a while to break the monotonly of my otherwise dreary winter program. I typically will work the spin class in with my weights. I go to spin class a maximum of 4 times a month, so once a week. It is just a pain to bring shoes, HR monitor, towel, waterbottle... etc when you can just do the same thing at home. Plus, Im like a water-based version of the Peanuts character 'Pigpen', except water flies off me cause at spinning class I sweat like a fiend.

So I spin, I admit it, then do squats/leg press, then hit the stationary for another 10-15 minutes afterwards. This seems to help me minimize the insane soreness from the heavy squats afterwards.

Otherwise, I am riding outside or on my trainer at home.

So, am I addicted...nope... is it a nice change...sometimes. It also depends on the instructor. The music they pick and the routine they use has a lot to do with my relative enjoyment. One gal uses the same music routine all the time. I despise that and avoid her like the plague. Plus, our bikes SUCK. Anyway, Im rambling and avoiding my work....

Once a week at LBS.. nmDave Hickey
Dec 10, 2003 11:59 AM
Same-Nov to March only-nmms
Dec 10, 2003 2:20 PM
All the time.I'm an instructor.PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 10, 2003 12:06 PM
I've been a certified Spinning instructor for 4 years.I teach at the local park district 2 nights a week.I really enjoy it but one thing I've learned is it is no substitute for riding outside.The classroom enviorment is fun but for getting in road cycling shape nothing beats riding on the road.
Goal of 3-4 times a weekMel Erickson
Dec 10, 2003 12:11 PM
In practice I do 2-3.
4 time a week minimum (nm)spluti
Dec 10, 2003 12:19 PM
Fat chicks. nmSpoiler
Dec 10, 2003 12:35 PM
LMAO. nmDropped
Dec 10, 2003 1:40 PM
you obviously haven't been to my classes...velocity
Dec 10, 2003 1:48 PM
Not THE reason to go but many of the women (and esp. one instructor in particular) are super fit and HOT.
Nor mineMel Erickson
Dec 10, 2003 2:03 PM
I go to the local university. Nuff said!
Maybe not THE reason, but certainly A reason.dzrider
Dec 11, 2003 6:12 AM
The comraderie is another, but a change in scenery is a big reason I go. The classes at my LBS mean putting bike and trainer in the van, driving to the shop, setting up and doing it all again on the way home. It makes a 90 minute workout take almost 2 hours if I don't hang out at all so I don't get there very often.
for 6 years now.Steve98501
Dec 10, 2003 12:37 PM
I spin at my gym twice a week October to April and taper off as outdoor riding picks up in the spring. It's no substitute for real cycling, but it's great aerobic exercise, and it does help maintain cycling fitness. A good instructor with a good program and good music makes it seem less like exercise, except for the puddle of sweat on the floor.
Not that great....lyleseven
Dec 10, 2003 3:49 PM
according to a couple of pro cycling trainers I have spoken with. Without measurement of wattage and/or HR it can be abusive given some of the attitudes of the instructors to pound away. Especially bad advice when they want you to stand up and sit down quickly with short intervals in between. Best benefit of the class is just some prolonged spinning building up the leg muscles and getting the heart rate up. All the other fancy stuff is basically either useless or harmful. I go a couple of times a month when it is raining but usually work at my own pace while mimicking what instructor wants done.
It varies alotMel Erickson
Dec 10, 2003 8:10 PM
Some instructors are really tuned into cyclists (usually cyclists themselves) while others are warmed over fitness instructors. You really need to find a class that caters to cyclists. I get both where I go but I'm not racing or training to race so it's more bike oriented fitness I'm after. I don't think the non-cyclist instructors are harmful and it's easy to just avoid the stuff that doesn't make cycling sense. Overall it sure beats hammering on a wind trainer in the basement.
no one cool.blackhat
Dec 10, 2003 3:52 PM
seriously. buy a beater bike and play outside. or take up running. In my bike shop years Ive never sold cycling shoes to someone who planned to use them to spin that wasn't an utter tool.
re: Mid-Week Poll: Who Takes Spinning Classes?yellowspox
Dec 11, 2003 3:20 AM
I average about 120-130 hrs of spinning from Nov thru March. Most of our classes have a large component of fellow club riders and we do our own thing before and after the start of the class. Our health club has all new bikes again this year e/w SPD pedals. Several of the instructors are not cyclists but who cares? We work with our HRM and our own cadence/resistance. If somebody wants to do jumps or "hover" for some insane reason......have at it. I mix the spinning w/ weights 3x/wk, core/pilates 2x/wk, and yoga almost every day.
Dec 11, 2003 5:54 AM
What ARE they talking about when they say that? I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be like a time trial position hammering out of the saddle or what.
I do occasionallyRay Sachs
Dec 11, 2003 5:48 AM
I absolutely HATE any form of riding a bicycle indoors. But I also hate not being able to do any real riding outdoors for long periods of time, so when the weather's bad enough, I'll occasionally take one of the spinning classes offered no-extra-charge at my health club. I don't much like it, but I usually hang at the back of the group (sort of like on the road, come to think of it) and the scenery can be pretty nice from there. And if the music is good, I can get a pretty good, muscle specific, workout out of it. Its not much like cycling - I'm never out of the saddle for ten full minutes on my bike, but I can handle it pretty easily on a spinning bike that doesn't make you balance. I try to ride as much outdoors as I can during the winter and do yoga and pilates to try to keep the rest of the body in shape, but every now and then a spinning class is OK. Did one a couple of days ago when the roads and trails were full of slushy snow with patches of wet ice.

twice a week at LBSMariowannabe
Dec 11, 2003 6:56 AM
Twice a week the spin class is lead by an ex-pro level racer. 50/50 female/male. Mostly shave-leggers or tri-altheletes. Great comradery. Its a kick-ass workout if you're not a slacker. (We have a barf-bucket.) Our spin-class is not your pretty YMCA thing. Its hard, intense, loud, and fun in a sick-sort-of-way. We leave our bikes and trainers there so its convenient.

Often something exciting happens - One guy had a blowout while on the rollers. (Ouch!) Somebody falls off their bike (it happens). A new CD to share, Madi-gras beads, etc.

Each session is different, with the workout posted and printed out so you know the pain you'll have to endure.
(I just got a Cyclops Fluid trainer and if can be a beast, IMHO.)
Of course it's no substitute for riding outdoors but ...velocity
Dec 11, 2003 7:29 AM
I'm able to focus on the quality of my stroke in a way I can't outdoors. Plus it's breaking up the autumn-winter monotomy. I do have a beater and have continued to ride outdoors pretty much no matter the weather, though less often and for shorter durations.

There's one instructor in particular who's great, one of the original spinning instructors (she's been leading classes for about ten years), who bases her class on % of max heart rate and also has us visualize being on the road. I checked out all the classes my gym offers and found her to be the best. I don't like the instructors who have you jumping up and down every other second.

Also unlike stationary bikes in gyms, which I've never found comfortable, I can dial in the spinning bikes we use pretty close to my road set-up, and many of them have clipless pedals.
re: Mid-Week Poll: Who Takes Spinning Classes?djg
Dec 11, 2003 8:08 AM
I go a couple of times a week or so. Actual bike racers seem to have taken over quite a few of the spinning slots at my downtown gym so the workouts are more cycling oriented than some that I've seen.
Took one tonight...Roger H
Dec 11, 2003 7:48 PM
It kicked my a--. Can't wait to go back.