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The Benefits of Spin Class

The Benefits of Spin Class

Indoor cycling classes have gathered a serious amount of hype in recent years, benefits include weight loss, improved strength and endurance. If you prefer a group class environment, and find this best encourages you to push yourself, spin is the perfect option. Some benefits of spin include:

1. Building strength

Spin classes are notoriously challenging, which means you are likely to see results, especially if you commit to regular classes. To gain the full benefit we recommend you commit to at least 2 classes a week, and we suggest you try to push yourself to the max in every class.

2. Improving cardiovascular fitness

Indoor cycling is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health, in this sense it offers similar benefits to swimming, running and elliptical training, but it has much less impact, meaning it is ideal for people who want a cardio workout but don’t want to put too much stress on their joints.

3. Burning calories

Spin classes burn a huge amount of calories, depending on the difficulty of the class, the duration, and how much you push yourself, you could burn between 400-600 calories per class. If you want to see long term weight loss results, you should attend classes three to six times per week. One study from 2018 found that indoor cycling and strength training were enough to have a positive effect on endurance and strength, even without changing dietary habits.

4. All round muscle workout

Spin classes are a total body workout, they engage all of the major muscle groups…

The core is used to stabilise your body throughout the class, keeping you balanced on your bike, especially during standing phases.

  • Your upper body is used to support yourself on the handlebars, some spin classes even incorporate upper body exercises using dumbbells or resistance bands.

  • Maintaining a strong and stable spine throughout the class will help strengthen your back muscles.

  • Your glutes will be engaged when you stand up or cycle up an incline.

  • Your quadriceps will be the main muscle used, as your pedal and climb.

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