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Spinning Wheels

Filed Under: Men's Health at 9:08 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
WheelWith packed schedules and limited time, many of my friends and I catch up on the phone in transit. As such, the conversation is often generated by the activity we are going to or coming from. During a recent call, I caught my friend on the way to a spinning class. She raved about the hour long sessions she had been attending for the past several months. “I don’t know if I’m losing any weight,” she said. “But I feel amazing.” The conversation stuck with me. Amazing is rarely a word we use in conjunction with working out. What made this class different from the aerobics, kick boxing, Pilates and (only once I swear) jazzercise classes we had already tried? I was intrigued – so much so that when I sat down this morning to write, I couldn’t help but research spinning.

It was introduced to the exercise-world by Johnny Goldberg, a well-known cyclist. He designed a workout that could lure the ardent biker indoors during inclement weather yet still appeal to the novice. You see, the beauty of spinning is that you are in control. Each class is filled with individual spinners who, although led by an instructor, have the final say in the intensity and pace of their workout. A simple turn of the bike’s knob can match the machine to the rider’s ability. If you cycle every day, you’ll still find a challenge in spinning. And if you’re new to the bike-world, you won’t die after the first class. It’s the perfect for-everyone health-booster. And believe me, it boosts your health.

One spinning class can burn up to 500 calories. It will get your heart pumping and strengthen your thigh, calf and quad muscles, without undue strain to your joints. The only drawback is that you may find a slight strength imbalance. Not all of your muscles will be worked equally, so add a few hamstring, butt and inner thigh exercises to your regimen to achieve equilibrium. Also, don’t go too crazy. Spinning may hook you within the first hour, but that doesn’t mean you should cycle your life away. Too much time on the bike could lead to overuse injuries and, in turn, no time on the bike, which would completely defeat the purpose. Aside from those precautions however, there should be nothing stopping you from unleashing your inner cyclist.

Spinning is becoming more and more popular and is offered at most gyms. You should have no difficulty finding a class near you. I, personally, will be spinning wheels early this Saturday morning and discovering just what is so amazing about this particular exercise.

4 Responses to “Spinning Wheels”

  1. Mary says:

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