If you belong to a gym, chances are they offer spin classes. Maybe you have even looked through the windows at the class in curiosity, but don’t know if it is right for you. Here is a basic overview of spin classes to help you decide if you want to partake to lose weight.
Spin Class 101:
- Time: Most classes are 40-60 minutes long, so you should be at a fitness level where you are able to cycle for at least 60 minutes at a recreational pace on your own.
- Effort: Spin classes are intense. The presence of an instructor and fellow gym-goers will push you to work out harder than you normally would on your own. This is great for those who need more structure for their workouts, lack self-discipline, or have been looking for a challenge but are not sure how to ramp up their workouts.
- The class: A usual spin class involves the instructor talking you through a visualization of an outdoor workout, including gear changes and pedal speed. He or she will keep time for you during the intervals, and provide motivation throughout the class.
- Materials: Proper shoes, workout clothes, and a water bottle.
- Calories burned: You can burn up to 850 calories during a 60 minute spin class. Do three spin classes a week, and that’s almost one pound!