Indoor cycling has changed the exercise game as it boomed into a fitness culture worldwide. Indoor high-intensity spinning classes that promised a meditative experience exploded all over the U.S., with people swearing by the benefits of a spin class extending past body gains.
Young or old, fit or not, the benefits of a 40-minute spin class promise to burn that fat, prevent unwanted injury and tone those muscles all in one. Writer Grethe Swart put it to the test by taking five 40-min classes per week, and the results are pretty astonishing…
1. Say Goodbye to 500 calories (2 000kJ) in 40 minutes
Not everyone enjoys running for hours on a treadmill in the hope of shedding that guilty weight. According to Spinning Instructor News, the average individual is likely to burn up to 500 calories (or 2 000kJ) during a 40-minute spinning class! (That’s roughly four cupcakes that are ditched for good). Translation: going to spin class regularly can help burn calories to lose weight.
2. Lower risk of injury and embarrassment
Training on a stationary bicycle ensures a low-impact workout that’s far easier on your joints and reduces the risk of injury. Bonus: apart from avoiding embarrassment (after tumbling off the treadmill a la Taylor Swift), you’ll also look super-professional and in control of your workout (All hail stationary equipment!).
3. Less thinking, more fun!
Gone are the angst-riddled nights of planning your workouts… and never sticking to them – there’s that guilt again. Not only does a 40-minute spin class save you time, but it also allows you to free your mind and transport your body to a peaceful place, without having to look at a piece of paper and lose count of those reps. Your sole task? Listening to the voice of the instructor, who serves both as a therapist and personal trainer – another two-for-one win! Everyday obstacles can now be tackled effectively after a powerful 40-minute workout that doubles as a stress release.
4. All-in-one exercise
Spin classes are usually divided into four types of exercises: speed, endurance, power and combination, which are scheduled throughout the week on different days and at different times. This allows you to integrate all the important aspects of training into your weekly fitness regime without having to switch equipment or ask the regulars for help (all the time). For best results: mix it up! This way, boredom can’t touch your fun workout.
5. Firmer everything!
Once committing to the spinning regime, your entire body will slowly but surely start to firm up. A spin class is an ace low-impact high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class, meaning you’ll fry fat by cycling, melt away the kilojoules and build muscles – all at the same time! According to Spinning.com, a 40-minute indoor spinning class class targets the large muscle groups (calves, hamstrings and thighs) in your legs to shape up fast, whilst strengthening the abdominal muscles, necessary to maintain your upper body rhythm.
If 40 measly minutes come with this many advantages, then spinning is winning! Great minds ride a bike #JustSayin’