We all know someone who is obsessed with spin class; every week on the same day at the same time they have to get in the saddle, clip in and give everything on a bike for an hour. While that sounds like a nightmare for a lot of people, there has to be a reason why so many are obsessed with spinning! Turns out there are quite a few benefits to spin class sweating it out as you “tap it back”, and maybe next time your friend asks you to join, the following reasons will have you thinking twice before you say no.
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1. Cardiovascular fitness and heart health
With any high-intensity cardio exercise comes some serious benefits for your entire cardiovascular system. With a consistent routine, your heart and lungs will get stronger and your cardiovascular system will work much more efficiently. When our bodies are more efficient, oxygen gets into our blood easier and our muscles faster, we can participate in exercise longer, and we get fitter!
2. Gain a Sense of Community
If you’ve ever heard people talk about how spinners are a “unique crowd” – they aren’t entirely wrong. There’s a massive sense of community among people in spin classes; in a positive, encouraging, motivational way! Everyone in spin class is in it together, they push through the ups and downs and finish strong as a pack, understanding all the benefits of spin class helps in this dynamic. There’s not much that can bring people together like finishing a tough physical challenge like spinning.
3. Set your own pace during spinning
When hitting a spin class, it’s common to feel stronger some days than others, but the most important thing is that you show up consistently. That being said, spinning is the perfect opportunity to adjust your pace and intensity based on how you’re feeling! The resistance is literally in your hands; when you’re feeling less than stellar, you can back off a bit. When you’re feeling strong, you can push yourself a little harder! The benefits of spin class include being able to set your own pace.
4. Calorie burn
Another one of the benefits of spin class is that it can help you burn upwards of 550 calories per class, based on your physical make-up and how hard you push yourself! It’s such a great way to burn a lot of calories in a minimal amount of time because the intensity is so high. Saddle up and let’s kick those calories to the curb and get spinning.
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5. Low impact exercise
Spinning may seem like a super intense workout, but it’s actually really great on your joints because it’s so low impact. If you’re recovering from an injury and working your way back into the gym, a spin class may be a great option for you. As opposed to outdoor cycling, the benefits of spin class indoors include you not having to worry about cars and other cyclists around you and you can focus on your own workout while taking it easy on your joints.
6. A unique workout every time
Spin class is, of course, not the same as riding outdoors. Any time you enter the spin studio at the beginning of class, you’re in for an entirely new ride. You may go to multiple different instructors who likely ride to various types of music, the terrain you’re riding will vary, as some weeks may be flats and other weeks may be mountains. Because it’s never the same, it keeps you on your toes and teaches you how to adapt (both physically and mentally) to challenges coming at you head-on.
7. Instant mood booster
When your body is exercising, it naturally releases endorphins into your blood which help make you happy, as the endorphins get to the receptors in your brain that trigger a positive emotional response! That means no matter what you feel when you show up to spin class, you’re going to leave in an even better mood. I’d call that a win!
8. Helps lower your stress levels
Spin class (and exercise in general) has been proven to help us lower our stress levels! Working out helps us focus our mind allowing us to forget about our stressors for a little while. It also helps us feel better about ourselves while increasing our overall confidence which also helps reduce our overall stress levels.
9. A total body workout
We use so many muscles during an indoor spin class, which include (but are not limited to); core muscles, upper body, back, glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and lower legs. Indoor cycling works all of the major muscle groups while we ride on various terrain. You’ll know this point is true if you haven’t been to a spin class in a while and you return – you’ll feel it the next day!
10. It’s fun!
It’s hard to imagine how something that sounds so intense and so hard could be classified as “fun”, but it is! With a sense of comradery, killer music, that amazing post-workout feeling… you’ll look forward to your spin class in no time.
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My main loves in life are writing and shoes but in my spare time, I teach spin classes throughout the week, where I help motivate people to not only get fit, but to have fun while doing it! The importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle is one of my personal values and I thrive helping individuals do the same.