10 Things You Need To Know Before Your First Spin Class
Nope, you don't need to be super-fit to give it a go.
Are spin studios the new Starbucks? Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have noticed a surge in boutique indoor cycling studios opening up all over the place. Never before has cycling absolutely nowhere been so popular.
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And yet committing to your first spin class might still seem daunting. All that loud music, those crop tops, the selfies, the sweat and the shouting. But don't let the fear of the unknown stop you from trying an awesome new workout. Here are 10 things you need to know before your first spin class.
1. Arrive early
If your class starts at 9am don’t turn up at 9 on the dot. Get there 15 minutes early. Introduce yourself and tell the instructor it’s your first time. Let them help you set up your bike.
2. You’re going to need water
And a cute 250ml bottle just isn't going to cut it. GO LARGE.
3. You don’t have to be really ‘fit’
The best thing about spin is that you are in control of your own workout. You control how hard you push. The instructor will guide you, but ultimately, you take ownership of how you want to feel.
4. The instructor is always right
Unless you have an injury (and you’ve told the instructor) you should be following what the instructor is saying. Don't be that guy. No one likes that guy.
5. You might get hungry
When you’re working at that high intensity you’re going to want to eat ALL the food ALL the time.
6. It’s not easy
And if it is? You’re not doing it right. Turn the resistance up or go faster. No one is ‘too fit’ for spin.
7. You might want to invest in some sexy shoes
They may look ugly but they sure make a difference to your workout. Consider investing in a pair of cycling shoes if you decide to take a couple of classes a week. It will be worth it.
8. It’s pretty unlikely that you’re going to get ‘bulky’
A couple of spin classes a week will not make your legs ‘big’. That sort of muscle gain takes serious bodybuilding and a strict bulking diet.
9. Sometimes you fall in love with your instructor
We’ve all been there. You’ve got to just ride it out…
10. You might get hooked
The endorphin buzz, the music, the selfie ops - spin may be sweaty, but damn it's addictive.
Words by Ban Hass