Spin at the Racquet Club
You may have arrived at the Club and heard up-beat, thumping music coming from just down the hall and wondered what’s going on. There’s a good chance it was a Spin class, one of the many fitness classes offered at the Racquet Club. So, what is Spin exactly and why would you even want to try it?
Spinning® actually began in the mid-80’s as an alternative to cycling at night and by the early 90’s was offered as an official class in New York. Since then, Spinning® has taken off. 1
At its most basic, Spinning® is an indoor cycling workout on a stationary bike with a weighted fly wheel to provide a persistent drive, keeping your feet constantly moving. Spinning® is a low-impact, cardio workout that can be anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes in length. When you participate in a Spin class, you will be guided by one of our certified instructors who will take you through a full workout from warm-up, challenging phases, or intervals, with small breaks between each through to a cool down. During this workout, the instructor will simulate different cycling situations from hill climbing, to downhills, to sprints across flats all to energizing music to keep you focused and inspired. Even though the instructor will push you during this session, you ultimately decide on your level of exertion by controlling the resistance of your pedaling – the more resistance you apply, the more you’re going to work. You know your body best and how much effort you put into your spin session will depend on your comfort and fitness level.
So, what do you need to participate in one of our Spin classes? No more than any of our other fitness classes: workout clothes, runners and a water bottle. You may find that wearing cycling shorts is more comfortable than regular shorts and cycling shoes that clip into Shimano-type clips can also help support your feet and gain the full benefit of pedalling. Otherwise, with regular training shoes you can use the toe clips to keep your feet in place.
This is all great, but what benefits can you expect from a Spin class? Spinning® is fantastic for burning calories. Depending on your level of intensity, you can expect to burn from 400 to 700 calories in an hour. It’s an aerobic workout so you’ll improve your cardio and overall heart health. But, it’s also an anaerobic workout which will increase your muscular endurance. Spin is not just for the legs! When spinning with the correct posture you’re also giving your abdominal muscles a great workout improving your core strength. Spin is a low impact workout, putting less stress on your joints and tendons – knees and feet – which is great for keeping fit while recovering from an injury, or if you have any knee and hip issues.
At the Racquet Club, we offer a variety of Spin classes from Disco Spin to 40, 45 and 60 minute sessions in the morning, at lunch time and in the evening. All of our instructors are Spinning® certified with loads of experience, some having been teaching Spin for many years. If you’re interested in participating in one of our classes, make sure to show up early to reserve your bike by hanging a provided hand towel over the bars. If it’s your first time taking a Spin class, ask the instructor before hand to show you how to adjust your bike for your comfort and safety. Don’t forget your water bottle and come prepared to work hard!
Check out our schedule to find a class that suits your schedule and fitness goals.