Five Beginner Tips for Taking a Spin Class
My first impressions of spin class are very, very positive.
As I suspected, doing cardio as a class was productive. Even though I push myself at the gym when I’m working out alone, there is an extra level of intensity when I’m being forced to go faster and and harder and being told to “turn it up a notch.”
After taking a couple of spin classes, one on Friday morning and one again on Sunday afternoon, I have some tips for others that would like to do the same. I highly recommend trying spin class (or any class!), but I would keep the following in mind:
- Arrive early. You want time to adjust your seat, handlebars, pedals, etc and just practice spinning a little first. Your instructor should also help adjust things for you, as mine did, but they can’t help you if you arrive late.
- Bring a gel seat pad. Look, your butt is going to hurt. It will hurt less if you can have a gel pad to cover the seat. Luckily, my gym has several gel pads that are free to use, but if your gym doesn’t have any I’d definitely recommend picking one up. Or, you could suck it up. It doesn’t really hurt sitting on the bare seat, it’s just incredibly uncomfortable. I didn’t use the gel seat pad on Sunday.
- Wear a long t-shirt. You’ll be standing and hunching and while wearing a long t-shirt doesn’t benefit you very much, the people behind you will be appreciative.
- Bring a water bottle. Maybe two, especially if you’re not used to intense cardio.
- Bring a towel. You will sweat more than you usually do. It takes a lot for me to become drenched as I have a pretty high tolerance level these days, but after about 20 minutes of spinning the sweat is flowing like a waterfall.
There’s really not that much more to it. Spin class is simply a lot of cardio, lead by an instructor, who will push you to do more than you think you can do.
Let them. I’m going to let them every Friday morning at my new weekly spin class.