Let’s talk the science of spinning, or for you newbies, indoor cycling on a stationary bike. The bike is taller, more upright version of the stationary bike of the past. Studios blast music, and good ones get you pumped! Not to mention, this workout with literally kick your ass. That’s why I do it. It’s like a Brazilian butt lift from a bike!
But doesn’t cycling bulk up your legs? Yes it can, but it won’t if you do it right. There are two keys. The first is to add cycling into your workout rotation once, maybe twice a week, not every day. And two, the setting on your bike is important. Not only for your personal comfort, but also so that you elongate the leg rather than contract it. The seat adjusts, so you want it to be about as high as possible so you are ever so slightly reaching and stretching as you pump the pedals. All spin classes are not created equal. So when you are looking for a great spin class, experiment with instructors and locations until you find a class that will motivate you to the max.
As I write about in my book, The Everyday Supermodel I talk about my complete OB-SESSION with SoulCycle. I leave feeling alive, awake, passionate, capable, flush faced, and absolutely drenched in a sweat tsunami. I feel like I lose two pounds of fat and ten pounds of anxiety in every class. Even if you aren’t in a city that has a SoulCycle location, most gyms have a cycling class or a stationary bike to work with!
Here are some of the top basics and benefits of one of my favorite ways to burn calories:
Put on some tunes that get you juiced and get on that bike and ride. Alternate resistance; do climbs and fast straightaways. Let’s do this people!