5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Spin Class

I’m still fairly new to ClassPass (this is my second month), but I’m loving it so far! Having had the opportunity to try a variety of workouts in many different studios, I’ve definitely taken advantage of the assortment of spin classes available to me, and feel that they’re a perfect complement to the yoga and barre classes I’ve been taking.

More recently, I had the opportunity to try The Rush Indoor Cycling in Carmel Valley here in San Diego, and to say I loved it would be an understatement. If it wasn’t the loud, pumping music that got me going, it was seeing myself and my fellow cyclists in the mirror in front of us, lit up by the black lights above, and moving in unison.

I learned some things throughout this class and my experiences with ClassPass to help me get the most out of my cycling classes:

Arrive 10-15 minutes early.

As with any class that requires equipment, you’ll want to make sure you arrive early to get your bike set up. Arriving early also allows you to choose a spot that you like. I personally don’t like being front and center, so showing up early to class ensures I get a bike in an area of the studio where I feel more comfortable.

Make sure your apparel and accessories are spin-friendly.

The Rush rents out cycling shoes for $1, and I’ve heard from spin enthusiasts that they make all the difference. Clipping in ensures that your feet don’t slide around and you’re able to get the most out of your workout – meaning the end reward (cardiovascular and endurance benefits, as well as calories burned and the after effect of interval exercise) will increase greatly. In addition to cycling shoes, you’ll want to wear cycling shorts, or at the very least capris, and a moisture-wicking shirt (because you will need it!). Some studios have towels available, but bring your own to your first class at a new studio just in case. And most importantly – don’t forget your water!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Whether it’s getting your bike set up, your resistance to the right place during a certain part of the ride or even just figuring out where you can leave your personal items while you’re in class, don’t be afraid to ask for help! The instructors are there to give you a crazy workout, but they’re also there to help.

Believe in yourself!

You will be challenged, you’ll sweat a lot and get out of breath and sometimes you may want to quit. It’s okay to be faced with a tough workout, but believe in yourself! The instructor would never put you up to anything that you can’t handle, and since your bike and its resistance is customizable to your needs, you can challenge yourself to the point that you want and get through that crazy-tough workout!

When all else fails, have fun.

Every day is different, and sometimes your body doesn’t want you to go hard like you did a week ago. Whether you’re having an easier or more challenging time in class, the most important thing is to have fun! It’s an hour of your life that you’re putting towards yourself and your well being, so you might as well enjoy it. Take advantage of that endorphin rush, sing along to the music and have fun!

Gloria Torres is a digital marketing specialist living in San Diego. She loves running, hiking, her dog and enjoying all that Southern California has to offer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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