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Old 01-09-12, 01:39 PM
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Spin Classes

So i have been doing some spin classes at the local Y i do about 3x a week 45-60 mins and go pretty intense. I am just wondering if you think this will keep up my preformance for the summer and also i dont realy know how intense I go because there is no computer but I sweat like crazzy. any thoughts
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Originally Posted by bermanfb28 View Post
So i have been doing some spin classes at the local Y i do about 3x a week 45-60 mins and go pretty intense. I am just wondering if you think this will keep up my preformance for the summer and also i dont realy know how intense I go because there is no computer but I sweat like crazzy. any thoughts
I do them and rather than train on a trainer in the winter I ride a spin bike. I believe it correlates on the road though many don't.
Do you wear a heart rate monitor?
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Old 01-09-12, 01:53 PM
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You'll get out of it what you put in but I find it an excellent way to train during the offseason. I take the calorie count with a grain of salt but use it to measure how much work (intensity) I did during a given time. If I burned 700 calories in 45 minutes last time, burning more the next time around is a good indication that intensity has increased.
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Old 01-09-12, 02:21 PM
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If you do proper intervals you can get quite a bit of improvment out of it. The bikes at my local Y have built-in watt meters so we are able to do pretty good power based training if you have a good instructor.
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Old 01-09-12, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
I do them and rather than train on a trainer in the winter I ride a spin bike. I believe it correlates on the road though many don't.
No doubt you can maintain and even improve your cardiovascular fitness on a spin bike, but cycling requires more than that. You can't duplicate every aspect of cycling on a machine, so you are obviously going to lose something that you will need to recover in the spring. Whatever is lost may or may not be easily recovered. I don't know. Does a weight machine prepare you fully for lifting freeweights?

I can't stand working out indoors and spin bike sounds miserable compared to the real thing, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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Old 01-09-12, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
No doubt you can maintain and even improve your cardiovascular fitness on a spin bike, but cycling requires more than that. You can't duplicate every aspect of cycling on a machine, so you are obviously going to lose something that you will need to recover in the spring. Whatever is lost may or may not be easily recovered. I don't know. Does a weight machine prepare you fully for lifting freeweights?

I can't stand working out indoors and spin bike sounds miserable compared to the real thing, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
You are correct, nothing can replace the real thing though I do think it can help especially when developing high cadence leg speed and pedal technique as you can focus on it. I believe a mix works best.
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I took several when I was off my bike due to an accident claim. To me they don't come close to approximating riding a real bike. Absolutely nothing. It's all cardio and I found the elliptical machine to be more of a challenge.

It's not going to hurt, but it's sure not gonna have you going out on your first ride at your peak summer's performance.

I just remember some German chick in the front of the class yelling "CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN NOW!!!!! ALL THROUGH THIS SONG!!!! CLIMB THAT MOUNTAIN! GET YOUR BUTT OFF THE SEAT!!!!!" and Boom Boom Boom Boom Boom went the electronic dubstep remix of Oops I Did It Again in a pitch-black room as I struggled to see the non-backlit LCD screen to check my cadence.

Fun fun fun.....
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You either like it, or you don't ..., but it's definitely better than nothing.

What I find is that I loose my hill climbing ability a bit, but, I think it's because I don't crank on enough resistance to really simulate climbing. I'm going to try to put more resistance on.

I don't have a trainer, and don't want one.

I go to spinning about 4 or 5 times a week, in the winter, unless it warms up a bit, and then I ride outside.
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Legspeed is an adaptation (like strength, power, endurance, etc...) that comes relatively quickly and can be lost just as quickly. So, you have to stay on top of it. You have to incorporate it into your program throughout the summer.
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any spin class i ever took was usually 3/4 hot gym girls. thats fine by me. the best classes were usually taught by people who actually rode. non cyclist spin instructors seem to think they are psycho drill sargents and dont really have a good idea of proper interval techniques.

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I go to spin classes that are taught for cyclists by cyclists, and are very effective for training and directly correlate to how fast I am on the bike at the beginning of the season. Classes for the average gym goer taught by the those that do not ride are hard to handle and I ignore the instructor and do what I want. I also agree you get out what you put in.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Legspeed is an adaptation (like strength, power, endurance, etc...) that comes relatively quickly and can be lost just as quickly. So, you have to stay on top of it. You have to incorporate it into your program throughout the summer.
Whoa.....fixie dude here in the Road Forum....
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Whoa.....fixie dude here in the Road Forum....
It's a well kept secret that hipsters do spin classes.
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I go to spin classes that are taught for cyclists by cyclists
So do I. They have a number of trainers there so I bring my bike since it's the closest to actual riding.
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It's a well kept secret that hipsters do spin classes.
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some good thoughts here. I know i got put the work in to get the results I do not where a heart monitor do you think that is a good way to judge my results?
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I don't think I ever do them on a day a could be riding, but for keeping at least some fitness through a snowy winter they work OK. and it doesn't put needless wear on the drive train like using a bike on the trainer will.
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I actually kinda enjoy spinning, in a weird way. It's DEFINITELY not as enjoyable as riding out in great weather, but in the 20-40s we've got right now, I really like being able to spend 80 minutes on the bike listening to some high-tempo music putting down great power. It's not fun in the same way, but I feel that for the amount of time spent, it's a better workout; 100% steady effort, no dodging cars / descents / etc.
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My LBS has spin classes 2x nights a week after close of business. It's great this time of year, where daylight and weather aren't conducive to riding after work. Each workout focuses on something different, be it lower cadence power/high cadence/intervals/etc. I feel I get a lot out of them.
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Originally Posted by bermanfb28 View Post
some good thoughts here. I know i got put the work in to get the results I do not where a heart monitor do you think that is a good way to judge my results?
No. A cadence sensor and a watch/clock with a second hand is the way to judge progress. As in:

- Hold 100 RPM for 1min. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
- Hold 100 RPM for 2min. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
- Hold 100 RPM for 5min. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
- Hold 100 RPM for 10min. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
- Hold 110 RPM for 1min. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
- Hold 110 RPM for 2min. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
- etc...


You will learn that there are about 5 distinctly different pedal strokes.

You will also learn the nuances of millimeters of saddle adjustments (fore/aft and up/down).
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Good for cardio only pretty much. With that huge flywheel carrying momentum pretty useles for your legs. As far as cardio goes if you dont feel like you are about to puke you are probably not going hard enogh. But the fem-butt in class makes it a lot easier to show up. I usually just ignore all the goof ball drills the instructor wants you to do and do 3 minute intervals to each song.
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