With the rise of companies like SoulCycle and Peloton, stationary bikes have gotten a new life and spin classes have taken gyms by storm. But like any new activity, going to class for the first time can be a little intimidating. Especially when you don’t know what to expect. So to put your mind at ease, I’ve created a list of 5 things that will help you get through your first class.
- Bring a towel. I’m going to keep this short and sweet – you’re going to get sweaty. And I mean really sweaty. None of this “but I only glisten”. No. That does not happen in spin class. If you only remember one thing from this post, please let it be this. You’ll thank me later.
- In order to get the most from your workout, make sure you’re paying attention to your form. You want to make sure your shoulders are down and you have a nice light touch on the handlebars. I know it’s easy to start to death grip when you get tired, but that will only hurt you in the long run. I recommend arriving about 10 minutes early to your first class. This way your instructor can help you set up your bike and go over the different positions you might be in (standing vs. sitting for example).
- Your instructors want to push you and challenge you, but they don’t want to kill you. Throughout your class, they’ll help break the ride up by utilizing higher resistance hill climbs and lower resistance speedier flat roads. These different styles will not only help keep things interesting but it will also help you catch your breath.
- Prepare for time to fly by. There’s literally nothing worse than being stuck working out and you’re watching the seconds tick by. It makes it seem 10000 times worse than it really is. Now you’ll be too busy rocking out to the music and focusing on your form that class will be over before you know it!
- The resistance dial will become your new best friend and your worst enemy. Every bike comes with a resistance dial. This is what makes it harder to pedal (simulating a hill) or easier (simulating flat road). Throughout the class, the instructor will let you know what resistance number you should be at. Make sure you pay close attention to this. You don’t want to go overboard and end up compromising your form but you also don’t want to go too easy and not get a proper workout in. Listen to your body but also push yourself.
Spin classes have become one of my new favorite ways to workout and I know you’ll also love incorporating them into your workout routine!
Have you taken a spin class before? Are you interested in taking one?