Spin Workouts: Learn the Benefits and Limitationsby Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP | Leave a Comment
Spin cycle studios seem to be on every other corner these days. This popular workout involves a stationary bike, fast and loud music, and an upbeat and motivating instructor. The studio usually has low lighting, a video screen with goals and maybe some fun disco lights. Let’s take a closer look at this workout to see the benefits and limitations.
Benefits of a Spin Workout:
- Spin workouts are non-impact, which is appealing for those that wish to get a workout without a lot of pressure placed on the joints. The act of cycling also allows for good joint range of motion. This helps with joint flexibility without the pounding associated with running. A properly set up bicycle will have minimal pressure placed on the joints. This is good for the hips, knees and ankles.
- Spin classes burn a lot of calories in a short period of time. This can be beneficial for those wishing to lose weight. A sensible diet combined with spin classes may help you shed unwanted pounds. Spin class is also an excellent cardiovascular workout.
- Spin class works a variety of muscles in the lower body. The hips, knees, calves and ankles all get a great workout during spin class. If you have ever taken a class, you know that your legs can feel like “jello” afterward, which indicates muscle fatigue in the lower body.
- All ages can benefit from a spin workout. Intensity of the workout can be altered to each individual via the bike, which means that all ages and skill levels can participate in a spin class.
Limitations of a Spin Workout:
- There may be some intimidation associated with spin class. The room is dark, the class may be very full and it could feel like everyone else knows exactly what is going on. However, generally classes are made up of blended genders and all fitness levels. The instructor or employees can also easily help you set up a bike your first few sessions.
- There is little use of the upper body during a spin class. Upper body strength training may need to be added to your routine on days you do not attend a spin class to address these areas.
- Many new participants to spin class complain of a sore butt after the first few classes. Gel seats or padded bike shorts can be purchased to help offset this complaint.
A Well-Rounded Routine
Although spin class is a great workout for cardiovascular health and lower body strengthening, there are some limitations. Stretching is recommended such as a yoga class, or incorporation of balance and strength skills for a well-rounded routine in addition to a spin workout regimen. Should an injury occur during workout, schedule an appointment at a nearby Athletico location so we can help you heal.
If you suspect an injury from a workout, find your closest Athletico for a complimentary injury screen.
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