Are you a gym goer that has yet to take a spin class? Just simply looking at the red, sweaty faces leaving a spin class upon completion can have you intimidated. But give it another chance, this is a great workout and remember nothing good in life comes easy. You have to work for it and in the long run it will be worth the hard work. But before you register and then possibly change your mind, check out my tips on how you can survive and thrive in spin class. And I will help you to not become the newbie spin member that never makes it back after one class. So, are you ready for the challenge? Okay let’s do this!
If you are not in shape and can barely walk a mile, how in the world do you expect to survive a 40 minute spin class? Start building up your stamina and endurance before you set foot into the spin room. Give yourself a month of dedicated workouts and then go for it. Training is all about the choices you make on a daily basis and consistency is key to great results!
If you see the spin instructor that is always yelling at everyone and not in a motivating way, you probably want to steer clear of that class. Check out your gym workout schedule and find the trainer that has a good reputation and get to that class!
If you get to spin class early you can choose a bike more to the front so you can hear and see all direction from your instructor. You can also adjust the bike so it is set in height according to your frame. Take a deep breath and get ready for a great workout that starts in 4 minutes!
Don’t dress like you are going to sleep in loose fitting wear and do not dress like you are on the workout runway with shorts that ride up. Wear gear that is comfortable for you. I like to wear shorts and a sports bra; what about you?
You do not want to run in and out of the spin class to hydrate and you will most certainly be thirst. Most spin instructors will give you several water breaks so bring some water so you can be ready to sip some water, quench your thirst and refocus for your super fitness session!
As beads of sweat accumulate and you begin to become covered; wipe off the sweat with a sweat towel. This will help you to avoid slipping on the bike and just feel better. It is never comfortable if you are sweating so much you can barely see. So towel off and feel better!
As always listen to your body during your spin session. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the challenge and push more but just do not overdo it. If you feel like it is too much, back off on speed, rest and go at it again. And remember to have fun, after all you are conquering a new challenge.
With this new challenge of spin, you will survive and thrive a new chapter in your life. So ahead and have fun with it! Being fit is fun!
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