Everyone wants a good workout, right? Whether it’s running around the block a couple times, walking on the treadmill, or swimming a few laps, that rush of adrenaline feels great. At Wheelpower Studio’s spinning class, you can look forward to breaking a sweat, pushing yourself harder, getting into the rhythm of the music, and also getting in a killer arm workout. If this sounds exciting to you, then you should come experience the rush with us. Never been to a spin class before? Well, you don’t need to be intimidated here. But just in case, here are a few things you can expect at your first class.
Our spin classes are between 40 and 60 minutes, so it’s crucial for you to feel comfortable on your bike. When you arrive, introduce yourself to the instructor and let them know that this is your first spinning class. They will be more than happy to help you adjust your bike to fit your height. Making sure your bike is properly adjusted will not only help you get a better workout, but it will also prevent injury. So give yourself plenty of time to make adjustments before the class starts.
What’s a Tap Back?
If you thought a spin class would be a great leg workout, a tap back will ensure that it’s the best leg and butt day you’ve ever had. A tap back is when you lift yourself out of the saddle and then just nearly return back to a seated position, and then lift yourself back up again. This motion is completed several times. When you do this several times throughout the course of a class, you’ll get a really good workout in your glutes, quads, and core. Just be sure that you use your core and legs to pick yourself up, and not your arms and shoulders.
What’s Your Resistance Level?
One of the most important parts of a spinning class is the resistance level on your bike. If it’s too high, you’ll end up stressing your lower back instead of strengthening your glutes, core, and hamstrings. The effort of pedaling shouldn’t be felt in your back or ankles. On the other hand, if the resistance level is too low, you won’t have control over the pedals and you’ll be sliding around in the saddle — which isn’t good for anything. Listen to your instructor who will be switching up the resistance throughout the class.
When you’re so focused on form and technique, and listening to the music, it’s easy to forget to breathe in and out and instead just end up holding your breath. Even though breathing isn’t something you normally have to think about, remind yourself that you must breathe. Everyone will enjoy the class much more when you’re not fainting from lack of oxygen.
Did We Mention You’ll Get an Arm Workout?
Using weights while biking can be intimidating, but believe us, you’ll love getting in an arm workout on the bike. We use small weights with a high number of reps, or if you don’t feel up to the weights, just use your arms. Whatever you do, just keep moving.
Pedal in Full Circles
Perfecting the spinning stroke could fill up an entire blog (check back soon for that one). But for now, just imagine that your feet are moving around the face of a clock. With each quarter of the circle, you’ll focus on different strokes, muscles, and how your ankles move. As long as you’re utilizing each upstroke and downstroke and keeping it in a circular motion, you’ll do great.
Have Fun and Drink Plenty of Water!
Spinning class instructors know how to have a good time. With the right music and high energy of a spin class, the hour will fly by. If you remember to breathe, keep your grip on the handlebars loose, and keep a water bottle close, you’ll have the workout of a lifetime.
If you’ve never been to a spin class before, Wheelpower Studio can’t wait for you to experience the energy and fun of our classes. Don’t get us wrong though, it will be an intense and sweat-filled workout, and you will be sore the next day. But when you start seeing tighter thighs and glutes, you’ll understand how amazing a spin class can be.