Spin classes are a huge amount of fun, and we highly recommend spinning to anyone who wants to get fit. There’s nothing like embracing the
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I wish I had known a little more about what I was in for before my first class because it was scary at the time. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know before your first spinning class and give tips to help you survive.
What You Need To Know
Here’s what I wish I would have known before my first spin class. It would have made it much easier and made me much less nervous.
Arriving Early Is Best
If you get to a spinning class early, it comes with a lot of benefits. You get to introduce yourself to others around you, including the instructor. You have the time to set up your
Ask The Instructor To Setup Your
Many people who enter a spinning class for the first time end up just jumping on the
Wear The Right Clothing
When it comes to spinning, you must be comfortable, cool, and functional. I highly recommend leggings and a sports top for women, and shorts and a T-shirt for men. You will also want shoes with a large, solid base, such as running trainers.
Water And A Towel
It’s also a great idea to take water and a towel. In a spin class, you will get so hot and sweaty. The towel is going to keep you and the
Listen To The Instructor
You will get so much more out of a spin class if you listen to the instructor and follow their lesson plan. As an instructor myself, I used to put together amazing profiles that gave enough work and rest to suit everyone. Spinners who went off the plan never looked like they were having fun.
Don’t Be Nervous
It’s important not to be nervous of the instructor. They are there to help you get fitter and have fun. They want to motivate you, not bully you into being stronger. I recommend sitting at the back of the first session just to observe and learn what instructions mean while trying them, as it’s much less intimidating than being at the front.
Bike Your Rules
It’s important to understand that when it comes to spinning, you each have an individual
Do What You Can
When it comes to your first spin session, you’re not there to push limits and get new personal bests. You’re there to learn how it all works. Don’t feel pressured to stand if you don’t feel comfortable, and just ease into the exercise.
After you’re done, it’s important to clean down. The instructor will never ask this of you, but it is important to do so. Using your towel or provided clean products, give your
It’s really easy to fall into the trap of taking a class too seriously. Remember you and everyone else there come to have fun. Listen to the music, have a laugh with the instructor, and just enjoy the miles while you’re getting fit. If nobody speaks, it’s because they are working super hard.
One of the best feelings for an instructor is when people are connecting and engaging with them and cheering. Have fun and let the instructor know you’re having a good time! They will love it, and it’s going to push you and the rest of the group further.
3 Top Tips To Survive!
Now you know exactly what to expect from a spinning class. What about some top tips to ensure you get the most out of the session and hit the ground running?
Hydrate And Fuel Properly!
Before the session, you are going to want to get some carbohydrates in the system to fuel you. During the session, you are going to want water with an electrolyte tablet in if required. After the sessions, you need protein to maximize your recovery. Ensuring you tick these three boxes, you will be stronger in the session and recover much faster after.
If I had a dollar for every session that a new indoor cyclist came into a class and burned out before the halfway mark, I’d be driving a new car. Pace yourself through the session and listen to your body when you’re getting too tired. It’s good to work hard, but completely breaking yourself is detrimental.
Finally, we have mental focus. You can beat yourself before you have even got on the
A Final Note
It’s important to remember that everyone had to go through their first spin class, no matter how confident they may seem. They were probably the same or even more nervous than you might feel right now. We hope you enjoyed our article, and make sure to check out the video on this on our YouTube channel.