Spin is in: Enjoy the beat of rhythm-based indoor cycling
Indoor cycling, often also called spinning, is a form of exercise, that can improve endurance and strength. It involves using a special stationary exercise bicycle in a classroom setting. Here are the details of this unique exercise programme
Thursday November 26, 2020,
4 min Read
Spinning is a form of Indoor Cycling that originated in South Africa in the late 1980s as a way to increase endurance. Currently, it is one of the most popular cardio workouts in various parts of the world. Rhythm-based spinning acts as a complete workout for the body.
The drastic increase in the popularity of this type of workout is due to the tremendous physical and mental benefits that it has. Apart from leaving you feeling energetic and motivated post the ride, this workout has a great impact on each and every part of your body.
The spinning studio
Unlike other fitness facilities, spinning studios require certain accessories to enhance your workout experience. In order to gain a full-body workout, you will have to wear shoes designed for spinning which are usually provided by dedicated spinning studios. These allow you to perform choreography on the bike that engages the entire body.
Spinning shoes are designed keeping in mind the safety of the riders and to ensure that their feet remain properly locked into the cycle pedal throughout the workout. These shoes have an extension which the rider uses to clip into the pedal.
Upon clipping in, your feet are secured and you can perform the choreography at ease without the fear of your feet slipping.
The process of clipping in and out of the bike is fairly simple and can be easily done after a single practice session. In case you need any assistance, the instructor in the room will always help.
A fabulous music system and a dark room are must-haves for spinning studios. They are the key to creating a magical experience for the riders. The high-quality music systems allow the rider to groove to and experience the music, creating a nightclub-like atmosphere. It allows you to let your hair down and enjoy yourself.
The darkroom helps the riders not only focus on themselves during the workout but also acts as an enhancement to the nightclub atmosphere created by the music. The remarkable music and the darkroom allow you to lose yourself to the music and truly enjoy your session, forgetting the outside world.
Spinning is for everyone
When you consider taking up rhythm-based riding, it's worthy to note that these classes have no age limit. Spin instructors are highly proficient and gauge the intensity of training required for people based on age and fitness levels. If you are unsure about a past injury or a health condition, like in the case of any other activity, do consult your doctor before partaking.
The key to good health
Spin classes are both cardio and strength building sessions. When you ride at a higher resistance, you’re working on strength-building and shaping your glutes, quads and hamstrings.
When you’re riding at lower resistances, you’re working on increasing stamina and shedding fat. Many spin classes also have a dumbbells track, where the focus is on chiselling your upper body (biceps, triceps, pecs, delts, and traps).
And don’t forget those abs! Your core is constantly engaged throughout each class, which of course helps define your abdominal muscles. Most importantly though, the energy generated in the room is contagious and long-lasting.
Riders are encouraged to flex their mental muscles and dedicate their 45-minute spin class to themselves, empowering them to take on the outside world. Many riders tend to find a difference in their stamina after just a few classes.
Move to the music
Rhythm-based spinning is a concept that is practised globally. Moving to the beat and losing yourself to the music helps transport you to another happy and stress-free dimension, allowing for a fun and effective workout.
The concept of spinning is relatively new to India, and we are ready for it.
There is a new wave of fitness in India, with more people exploring different ways to incorporate an enjoyable workout experience. Indoor spinning will provide you with a unique feeling. The music will pump up your energy and instructors will guide you through every element during classes.
Saddle up and get ready to truly embrace this exercise for a journey of a lifetime.
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