We know trying new things can be intimidating, especially when you add equipment your body isn’t used to working with! There’s an air of uncertainty when using it, and you cautiously proceed to keep your body safe from injury. Adding spin classes to your fitness routine has the potential to be positively transformative for both your body and your mind. From decreasing stress to burning calories in a way that’s easy on your joints, the benefits of this low impact workout generate a long list!
Here’s a few ways to feel more confident setting up your bike, and making this new piece of equipment your bestie on your journey into fitness.
Tip #1 - Always give yourself enough time to set up your bike!
Arriving early ensures you have time to set your bike, hop on, and give it a quick test run to make sure everything is working for your body. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the instructor for assistance.
Tip #2 - Align your bike for your body.
There are a few basic set-up tips that remain consistent regardless of your body shape. Your seat should align with the top of your hip, and your handlebars should be a forearms length distance (elbow to wrist) from your seat. When you're seated on the bike, your knee should be over the ball of your foot with the pedal at 3 o'clock.
Tip #3 - Minimize Potential Back Pain.
If back pain is an issue for you, or you noticed it flair up after a spin class- Raise your handlebars higher next time.
Tip #4 - Give Your Body Time to Adjust to the Workout.
Like any other form of exercise, getting your body comfortable with spinning will take time. Your resistance knob is always under your control. If you don’t feel comfortable adding more weight as the instructor cues, then stay right where you are. If you don’t feel comfortable rising out of the saddle in climbs or jogs, keep your booty down! This is a self-paced practice, and just like anything else it will take time to gain strength and endurance- There’s no need to rush and push yourself too far.
Be mindful and listen to your body. Properly fueling your body is important, and always bring water to class! HAVE FUN while challenging your body and mind! We can’t wait to see you in a spin class soon!