Beginner Group Indoor Cycling – Tips for Success

Sunday, February 5, 2012

With the snow on the ground here in London, the morning run or ride is brisker and the sun is rising later than you. The winter is a great time to take advantage of your local fitness facility programs. As an athlete, you should try to change your workout routine every so often. Periodization offers new challenges to your body, which creates improved performance as well as prevents boredom. “Spinning®” or “group indoor cycling” (GIC) is a low-impact, high-cardio workout. If you enjoy a class that gets your heart pumping, GIC might be the class for you! GIC allows you to maintain your interval, distance, and/or sprint training without the dangers of running in the dark or slipping on ice.

As a beginner, there are a few simple steps to success. First, arrive to class about 10 minutes early and let your instructor know it is your first time. The instructor will be able to fit the bike to your height. The seat and handle bars can be moved up and down, tailoring the bike to your body. Bikes have markings making it easy to set up again at your next class without help. Second, bring water and a towel. You will probably sweat and become thirsty during class. Most instructors don’t mind if you need to step out of class for a drink or some air, but it is best to be prepared. Also, clothing is key. Longer shorts prevent chaffing and shoes with a firm sole are best. If GIC something you enjoy, consider investing in a pair of cycling shoes with SPD clips as they promote effort throughout the pedal stroke. Finally, be prepared to try GIC five times before you decide if you love it or hate it. Remember, if you don’t like the method of one instructor, there are many others out there that could be the right fit!

Go out and try a cycling class. Let me know what you think!

1 comment:

  1. Kudos for focusing on the importance of indoor cycling as an exercise! What about outdoor cycling? Do you like to do this workout too?


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