Introduction to Spinning

What is Spinning?

Spinning is a self-directed class in which participants ride a specially-designed bike. Unlike stationary cycling, Spinning classes make riding a stationary bike more fun by adding variety and visualization into the workout, with upbeat music typically playing during classes. Spinning® is the global leader in indoor cycling classes, with more than 1 million people riding on a Spinning® bike every day. Spinning® bikes have a maximum user weight of 350 pounds.

Choosing an Instructor

When researching classes in your local area, it is important to seek a qualified, certified instructor. There are generic spinning classes, so look for an instructor that has at least completed the Spinning® Instructor Orientation. It's also important to find an instructor who meets your individual needs.

Your First Class

Let your instructor know if this is your first class. The instructor will guide you through proper bike set-up, give you an overview of the five core movements (seated flat, seated climb, standing climb, standing flat, and jumps), and discuss program fundamentals such as heart-rate training. Every class is a little different, based on the movements and music the instructor selects. Among the benefits is that participants can adapt the intensity of the ride to their individual fitness levels. As a first-time participant, it's important to listen to your body and adjust the resistance on your bike accordingly.

What to Wear/Bring

Wear comfortable clothing such as shorts, a tank tops, or T-shirt. Your clothing should allow you to stay cool and comfortable. As for shoes, wear cross-trainers or running shoes. Overtime, you may want to invest in some cycling shoes and padded cycling shorts. Make sure to bring water with you to class and hydrate before, during, and after the workout. Your bike should have at least one water bottle holder and the instructor will encourage you to drink during the class.