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First Spin Class of Year

Old 01-26-09, 07:09 PM
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First Spin Class of Year

And man what a killer. Amazing how some spin instructors are killers. This guy was an animal, of coarse I'm th ekinda guy that just won't back off. Average HR was 165 for the full class topped out at 184. Buckets of sweat all over, polar said 1100 calories for the class which really wouldn't suprise me. Oh man I can't wait till I get to do my first road ride report of the year.
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I was really surprised how hard the spin classes are. To me, it is much harder than a bike ride over the same about of time. The big thing for me is that I am used to resting on the bike while outside. In spin class, you can not do that!
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I've just begun spin classes this month. It really is a good workout. I'm sure that my outdoor biking will benefit from it.
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Here is my list of easy to hard in terms of fitness and cycling. 1. Downhill biking. 2. Flat mountain biking 3. Road cycling 4. Indoor trainer 5. Spin classes. Here is a workout that will make you suffer like no other. 6 intervals of 5 minutes each with one minute rest inbetween. Hold 110 cadence. Interval 1. 53-21 chainrings 2. shift one chain ring harder 3. Shift one chain ring harder 4. one harder 5. one harder 6. one harder. It will hurt like nothing other. Enjoy a 10 min easy spin.
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I also work out harder in spin class than I do on anything less than a sustained hill ride outside. It will definitely increase your aerobic output and help you ride harder in the spring. Don't expect to be able to fly when you start back, though. Fighting against gravity just feels different than extra resistance on a spin bike.

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I've been doing spin since the beginning - years and years. Have always loved it but I have to say, some of the new instructors well, wreck the class for me. In the old days spin instructors were cyclists. Now too many are just young girls who take a spin instruction class and have no clue. I personally don't find their classes hard at all. Just to show one instructor, I stood the entire hour. It's no big deal to stand up. What the instructor doesn't seem to understand it's suppose to be an aerobic class. Best, most effective workout is good steady spinning on the saddle.

And the music can make and break a class. I've started using the spin bikes when there is no class. I can ride 2 hours using my iPod and get a good workout.

OK sorry just ranting... have to go spin tonight and just trying to pump myself up! Unfortunately I like taking classes from men (who do less "dancy" stuff) , and unfortunately there aren't any teaching in my gym right now.
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Originally Posted by landshark1
I've just begun spin classes this month. It really is a good workout. I'm sure that my outdoor biking will benefit from it.
In 2003 I broke my collarbone and was not allowed to ride a bike for 4 months. In September I did a century without an issue. I kept in shape with spin classes (which the doctor allowed). It will definitely help your outdoor cycling!
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Some of the hardest classes that I've ever done were mostly standing, with lots of all-over body movement. If your heart rate is low, then turn up the resistance. I NEVER stand on a spin bike unless the resistance is at least as hard as a hill outside. It has be a real effort for me to maintain 65-70 rpm cadence sitting, for me to bother trying it standing (cadence jumps up to 75-80 rpm when I stand).

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