You’ve witnessed the pedaling, the screaming, the sweat, the standing, the sitting… and while you have been trying to conjure up the nerve to give it a try, your insecure self says, nah, I’ll just jump on the treadmill where I can watch some TV and sweat (if I am lucky) in my own little world!
It’s time to get out of your comfort zone - and you will feel so invigorated and grateful that you did! However, as a beginner spinner, you need to know some basic pointers to jump on that bicycle seat with confidence…
#1 Select the right class for you
You are finally brave enough to jump into a sweaty spinning session, but be sure to opt for a class and instructor that will put you in the right mood. If you notice a certain class is always on the full side, and you happen to love the tunes blaring, chances are it’s a good one. Give it a try and see if the atmosphere is right for you!
#2 Decide if you prefer a morning or evening class
Some people have a robust sense of energy when they jump out of bed in the morning… while others prefer to release their pent up energy after a long day at the office. It’s yours for the choosing, see what suits you best.
#3 Be an early bird
Being punctual to a spinning class is a MUST! You need to ensure you get your hands on a bike that suits your needs and you want to be able to set it up on time. You might have to ask for some assistance with adjusting too.
#4 Have a towel on hand
You are going to sweat like you have never sweat before! A towel on hand should be a no-brainer… but hey, you are a novice after all!
#5 Dress appropriately
It is so important to wear the right type of workout clothing when spinning – you know, the breathable and moisture wicking type of sportswear that will keep you comfy and sane. And BTW: wear a good sports bra to keep the girls in their place.
#6 Know your limits
As a beginner, you don’t want to overdo it! As you get used to the class and get a grip on the routine, you can up your resistance and speed with time.
#7 Stay well hydrated
You will be sweating buckets… guaranteed… so having a water bottle on hand is essential. Replace lost fluids by taking small sips on a regular basis.
#8 Know when to take a break
Chances are you aren’t going to cycle like a pro the first time around – and that’s OK! If you need to take a break in between intervals, so be it. The amazing thing is you are in the middle of an amazing spinning class and you won’t be a beginner for much longer!