The history of the Spinning Bike goes back to 1994, when Mad Dogg Athletics started the Spinning indoor cycling exercise program. While the stationary exercise bike is nothing new, Spinning Bikes took the exercise to a new level in fitness. As a matter of fact, the word “spin” has become synonymous with indoor cycling and exercise bikes, to the point where many don’t realize it is actually a brand name. The Spinning Bike sport is unique in that it brings road bike riding techniques into the indoors, giving you an awesome workout without having to have a place to ride. Spinning enthusiasts know that you can get as good a cardio workout on a spin bike as you can with a real bike – as a matter of fact, even better, because you are working with a different level of intensity than you usually get on a bicycle.
As in regular cycling, Spinning Bikes use pedaling to get your heart rate up and going through cadences and breathing techniques to get the most out of your workout and burn the most calories. Most Spinning sessions go for 40 minutes in order to get the full effect and benefits from a thorough cardio workout.
Good accessories to have with your Spinning Bike are things like cycling shoes and shoe accessories, padded cycling shorts, a gel seat cover to keep you comfortable, water bottle, and a heart rate monitor. As with any training equipment, be sure to position your seat to the appropriate level to your height in order to prevent injury or pain. You can work with an instructor at a facility for training tips on how to be a good rider, or you can use a home Spinner on your own and get advice online. Start out with the handlebar in a higher position and move it down as you get more experience.
The Spinning Bike is not a normal indoor stationary bike. Get used to the resistance and power of the Spinning Bike before you try to pedal too much at first, as it is fixed gear and is hard to stop. The proper way to get acclimated with the bike is to start slow and work your speed up gradually, and also slow down gradually. Don’t try to do too much too fast when you are riding for the first time, you should train at a safe pace.
The Spinning Bikes
Spinning Bikes are available in a variety of skill levels, from the beginner to the expert and everyone else in between. Whether you are just starting out or have been a Spinning enthusiast for a long time, there is one right for you. You don’t have to go to a gym or a facility to use a Spinning Bike; you can purchase one for your home. It would probably be in your best interest to trying a Spinning Bike at gym or facility first before you buy one, especially since it takes a little while to get used to, and it can be difficult to get started properly without an instructor to show you the ropes. The best thing to do is to enroll in a short-term program so you can learn how to Spin, and then eventually do it on your own.
The most basic model is the Spinner Sport, which is a no-frills entry-level Spinning Bike for the beginner. Most newcomers will be comfortable with this bike. It features a simple-to-use resistance knob, a weighted flywheel, no-slip handlebar, and a wide, padded seat. If you are just getting started into the Spinning program, this is probably the best bike for you. Once you are ready to move up to the next level, you should consider the Spinner Pro. It has many of the same features as the Sport, but it is much more adjustable, and it has SPD compatible pedals, which means you can incorporate cycling shoes into your workout. Cycling shoes will help you stay attached to the pedals and will give you a fuller range of motion in your exercise. The very top of the line model is the eSpinner, and it includes a touch screen computer with integrated TV tuner, audio & video inputs for your iPod, a USB charging station, and a smart release flywheel. It truly is the luxury-class model of the Spinning lineup.
Train at Home
As you can see, you don’t have to go to the gym to a class in order to cycle indoors. The simplicity of the Spinning program allows you to work on your fitness at your rate, right at home. You can exercise at your own convenience without worrying about traveling back and forth from the gym. Plus, you don’t have to work a set time into your schedule – you can exercise whenever it is convenient for you.
Of course, when you own your down Spinning Bike, you need to know a little bit about preventative bike maintenance, which is a little different than a regular bike, because the Spinning Bikes have different parts than a normal bicycle. Be sure to read the instructions on bike maintenance in order to make sure your Spinning Bike lasts a long time, and don’t neglect your maintenance schedule. Your Spinning Bike can be a rather large investment for a piece of exercise equipment, especially in the higher-end models, so you can save a great deal of headaches and money by taking care of your Spinning Bike properly.
The important thing to remember is to have fun with your Spinning Bike, whether you are at the gym or enjoying your own personal bike at home. Before you know it, you will be one of the Spinning enthusiasts training like a real pro. Once you get up to speed on your Spinning Bike, the intensity and effectiveness of your new workout program will impress you. With a consistent Spinning cardio program and by eating right, you will get toned and lean quicker than you ever expected. Stick with it, and you will spin your way into better health and fitness.