What You Should Know About Your First Spinning Class

I love running. Let me say that and get it out of the way. People who know me know that I like to run. The reason I decided to try out spinning was because I needed something that could give me a good cardio workout but was low impact at the same time as I am nursing an injury that seems to linger forever.

Anyway, being a total noob to spinning (less than a year), I took a while to get adjusted to it. I am beginning to like it more and more but rest assured once I recovered, I am still going back to my first love. But I see myself still going for spin class at least twice a week though.

So what you should know about your first spinning class?

If you are thinking of going for one, here is my take:

1)       Arrive at least 5 min early as setting up your bike is crucial if you don’t want a sore back at the end of the class. Approach the   instructor even if you are shy and look like the only newbie. It is way better than cycling in a damn awkward  position and muttering to yourself:” how can anyone do this for an hour?”

2)      Attire: I personally prefer shorts and sleeveless tanks but from the looks of the people in the class, I see everyone wearing anything from baggy tees to really pro looking cycling attire. Just wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.

3)      Be prepared to sweat. If you are not sweating, check your resistance because I sure was perspiring like hell.

4)      Be prepared to work different parts of your legs depending on what your instuctors asks you to do. Standing and seated positions feel different. Not so much on the calves though.

5)      Hydrate: don’t forget to bring a huge bottle of water. You WILL need to drink every now and then. Isotonic drinks are a good choice as they replenish the electrolytes lost in your body through sweating. I prefer good old plain  water though.

6)      It burns a lot of calories, I am estimating anywhere from 400kcal – 600kcal for my size.

Now, the million dollar question for ladies… I know because I was worried about that too.

Will spinning makes my thighs bigger? Will I have chunky legs or huge calves?

The answer is No! Please hor. Neither does running for that matter. But to play safe,  I was reading forums and all to see what people were saying before I went for my first class. The views were divided and I concurred that I had to try it out for myself to see if it’s true.

Fast forward to present day, I am pleased to say they have not grown in size. Phew.

For more questions and answers on Spinning, go to their official website here.

Share your experiences in spin class , do you like it better than running or swimming?


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2 thoughts on “What You Should Know About Your First Spinning Class”

  1. markg says:

    To prevent increase in muscle size, keep your leg cadence fast, and tension on the spin bike down a bit. It’s like doing weight work in the gym – heavier weights and fewer reps for increasing muscle size, less weight/more reps for toning muscles but not increasing bulk. The cycle racers that you see with big thighs have done a LOT of power work (think heavy squats in the gym) to be able to handle short high intensity bursts that occur during races.

    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      Hi Mark, Thanks for your input. Yeah, I noticed that the instructors who teach weight class tend to have bigger legs as opposed to those who only teach spin. prob could attribute it to what you just mentioned. Appreciate your feedback and the tip on keeping the cadence fast.

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