may not have heard the term ‘spinning’ before but you might have seen indoor cycling
classes or even RPM (trademarked by Les Mills) - to be honest they are all the
same thing. They are all indoor cycling on a static bike with how you cycle
mixed up by changing the speed, resistance or whether you stand and all
choreographed to upbeat music..
all spinning studios here in Singapore, the bikes have a resistance control -
gears basically, that enable you to add more resistance and make you work
harder or mimic a hill climb from outdoors. That is one of the beauties
of riding inside, you can take on all different terrains and you can make the
climb as steep as you want to, working to your level of fitness.
class works by warming you up, focusing on your cycling form and then we’ll go
up hills, sprint down, do a huge mountain climb, long flats, short bursts of
attacks taking you on a journey of speed and strength. We will push you as
much as we can and one of the best things is there’s music to keep you
a road cyclist, I found indoor cycling helped me build stamina for the road, if
the weather wasn’t the best outside, heading to a class was the next best thing
- with the added benefit of it being safer than the roads. If I really
wanted a strength session I could add more resistance, if I needed to work on
my cadence (speed that my feet went round) I could do that too - in many ways
it’s easier to do this than on the road. It honed my cycling skill and
mechanics and I got to listen to awesome tunes.
is great exercise, there’s no impact on your joints (like running). It builds
lower body strength, works your core especially standing and gets the heart
beating fast. The best thing is, it’s fun being in a class of high energy
people. Indoor cycling motivates you to work even on those days you might not
feel like it.