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    Indoor Cycling Classes

    I just finished my first Indoor Cycling Class, and Oh Boy! what at workout. I was fairly sceptical that it would be aerobics on bikes, but it was a good cardio workout.

    Much of the workout was out of the saddle, which is not a strength of mine. Some of the hill stuff reminded me of a couple of hills that I am friends with.

    It is not riding, but still a good sweat.

    Anyone else have some experiences?
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    I attend a spinning class every Monday with two co-workers, and today I went alone. I got a chance to talk to the instructor before class and mentioned that I was building a road bike and she said she would keep that in mind when preparing for class. Evidentally we have a couple of cyclist in the class. Even though it doesn't beat being on my bike, its nice to know the instructor is keeping that in mind.


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    Just out of curiosity, what was the format of the Spinning session. Was it just an instructor and music, or was there a video too?

    Also, as you try different instructors, you will be able to find one that fits what you want to get out of the workout better.
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    Mine was instructor and music. Techno club music - and not her choice, the CD player wasn't working. She just used the last cassette in the player.

    Video.. now that sounds cool. Can't complain, class was only $4.
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    I attend a spinning classes on tuesdays and thursdays at my gym. There is a different instructor in each of the classes, and the style is very different. The tuesday class is definately a strength building class as most everything is slow, steep climbs. The thursday class is mostly endurance, varying from sprints to climbs. They are a great suppliment to riding, esp when the weather's bad. Not to mention the drill seargent figurehead keeps the motivation way up. :thumbup:
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    Well, I just broke down and bought myself an indoor trainer today...It's better than not doing anything at all, but I'd rather be outside. My question is: Do miles on the trainer count?

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    Sounds like a great fun way to get a good workout and keep in shape. I am trying to find somewhere near me to go to.
    What kind of bikes do you use? are they special spinning trainers or just regular exercise bikes? I confess I haven't been to a gym more than a couple of times.
    I'm ready for something , but I don't know what!!..

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    At my gym we using Schwinn Spinning (branded) bikes. They are essentailly a fixed gear bike with a heavy flywheel, and resistance pads. The other gym (my club's sister club) has Power Pacing (branded) bikes. These are essentially the same thing, but I like them a bit more. They don't seem to break down as often. But my gym keeps them pretty well maintained, so they are usually all up and running.

    They are much better than a lifecycle bike or something similar. I think they do a fairly good job at recreating real bikes when the resistance is on.
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    At my gym its always just an instructor and some music. We have the Schwin bikes Sail Guy described. The best instructors are cyclists and the worse wanted to be a massage therapist (thank God she moved on). The best class I took was with an instructor who rides mtb. That class was awesome, I was the only one who knew what she was saying during the class.

    I'm gonna try the 5:30 Am class on Wednesdays since I have school in the evening. Hopefully being up at the crack @$$ of dawn won't sour me on spinning.

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    This sounds like great fun.
    The nearest place to me is likely to be a round trip of 35-40 miles which is through slow country lanes so I know I'll never have the time to go,( self employed)!
    What I need is a recording of one of these spinning sessions so I can do it at home. Are they available on tape or video does anyone know?
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    I saw a Reebok tape for sale on ebay... try there!
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    Excellent thanks I'll take a peek
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    As other people have said the Instructor is the Key to a good class. I've been attending spin classes for the last 2 years and it does help maintain your base during the Winter months. We have an instructor that teaches Mon and Thurs and her class is always packed. She is really good. She informs the newbies that this is a difficult class and to go at their own pace. And for the Regulars, This is your Workout so make it as hard as you want. She mixes it up and for example Last night was Creepy Spin for Halloween. It was a blast. She also gets the students involved by playing different games. Like "Torture Your Neighbor" and "Run and Hide". In the first instance each student tells the class what to do for 30 seconds and everybody gets a turn.
    The second game each student will alternate saying Run or Hide. when the say Run you Sprint the Next person will determine how long (20 Seconds Max)and then say Hide then you sit and spin until the next student says Run until everybody gets a turn.

    I've also had some terrible instructors and actually walked out of the class after 15 minutes. Bad music, Bad tempo, did not know what to do. It can get really boring fast

    So if you can find a good class use it as a tool to maintain your base and if you find a great instructor that will work with you, you can really get a great workout.
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    Class #2 for me today. Different instructor, so the class was different. This was the "Training Wheels" class, so of course I thought it would be an easy ride.

    We did this one exercise that made us stand for 8 pedal revolutions and in the saddle for 8 revolutions for 30 seconds, then 7 standing-7 sitting for 30 seconds, 6 standing-6 sitting for 30 seconds, etc. to 1 standing-1 sitting for 30 seconds, and then back up the ladder. Wow.

    I never expected so much standing. I am a stay in the saddle and work up the hill sort of guy. Standing wears me out to fast, but maybe this will change over the winter.

    I also noticed something neat... clipless pedals. My bike has toe cages on one side and SPD on the other. I didn't see anyone else using them.
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    Hey gang!

    I just signed up with the forum today. In addition to being an avid cyclist, I am also a Spinning(TM) instructor. I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions about the program, and anything more general to indoor cycling as well. You can post here, or email me at: demoncyclist2000@yahoo.com

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    Hey Joe --- this might make a great subforum in Training & Nut.
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    Hello,

    I just this Forum. Like demoncyclist, I too am a SPINNING® instructor.

    I can offer my assistance as well if you have any questions about the SPINNING® program or indoor cycling in general. Feel free to send an email or make a post.

    I'm glad to see that you all are having a good time with indoor cycling.

    Good luck.
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    Hey IP:

    I forgot to mention one of the most important Fringe Benefits to the class. I'm usually the only guy in class and the the Ladies are always very friendly. Have you noticed this too?

    Sshhhh. don't tell my wife.......
    People usually ask me "Why do you ride?" and I always answer "Because I Can"
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    Okay, this is for the instructors..

    What is your favorite "demonic" exercise you enjoy doing to get everyone's legs burning?
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    I knew you were sadists!
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    Originally posted by PrimalQ
    Hey IP:

    I forgot to mention one of the most important Fringe Benefits to the class. I'm usually the only guy in class and the the Ladies are always very friendly. Have you noticed this too?

    Sshhhh. don't tell my wife.......
    Funny where I live (Netherlands) the class is 50-50 men-women in the morning and mostly men in the evening.
    Spinning is considered by most women to be too intensive. Apparently the average Dutch woman fears bikes that come with clipless or toecage.

    I did 3 lessons/week last winter and a marathon class of 4 lessons (45 mins each) with just 5 min breaks in between.. the only gripe I have is that horrible modern music.. I'm convinced there is other music out there with a smilar beat but more palatable, like South American or African!
    I like the kind of classes best that give speed, rather than strenght as I'm working out my legs as well and prefer to gain speed by spinning as fast as I can.
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    Okay, this is for the instructors..

    What is your favorite "demonic" exercise you enjoy doing to get everyone's legs burning?
    Sailguy,

    There are several ways you can get your legs burning (such as running and seated or standing climbing).

    I don't take my classes there much. I like to hit that burn zone periodically to build the tolerance for lactic acid.
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    One of the instructors I enjoy taking classes from loves to do a vertical run, then holds the pedal stroke smooth (while grinning ear-to-ear as he watches everyone suffer as their quads burn) then immedately into hill sprints, followed by seated sprinting. Then back up and do it again. Usually we do 12 of them, but often count gets lost and it ends up at like 15.

    I take his class just to do those
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    Are you people on this thread all Mtb bikers?

    I checked out the spinning cycles at my nearest gym and they are hopeless for a road bike simulation, the angles are all wrong for a road bike posture.

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    Originally posted by willic
    Are you people on this thread all Mtb bikers?

    I checked out the spinning cycles at my nearest gym and they are hopeless for a road bike simulation, the angles are all wrong for a road bike posture.
    I ride both. I like the classes for the cardio benefit, if I want to build strength then I lift weights. I cycle and go to spinning classes to get in better shape for tennis.

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