Indoor Cycling @ REV – by Sarah DeGray
Mention the term “spinning” or “indoor cycling” to a group of your co-workers, best friends or family members and you’re sure to hear the following comment accompanied by a raised eyebrow: “I’ve heard that spinning is REALLY intense. I don’t think it’s for me.” I’ve been riding indoors for a decade now and I continue to hear rumors circulating that spinning/indoor cycling is pretty much the most intense and intimidating workout on planet Earth. I’d like to take a moment to quash any such rumor.
Indoor cycling is by far, one of most inclusive and accessible workouts available to the modern woman and man. What do I mean by inclusive and accessible? For starters, indoor cycling doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, or body capabilities or fitness level. With the help of a trained professional, you will be properly fit to your bike for your particular physical needs and specifications. Typically, indoor cycling has about three or four hand positions and options to ride seated or standing. A trained professional should walk you through the positions before your first class. From that point on YOU control the intensity of your experience. Each individual rider controls how much resistance is applied to the bike (what simulates the feeling of going uphill or downhill) and you have complete control over how fast you pedal and whether or not you sit or stand. All of this is up to you and no one else. I take this very seriously at my studio, REV Indoor Cycling. My philosophy is that you ride to your comfort zone, follow the instructor as much as you choose and watch as your confidence builds and you start to get stronger, faster, and more fit with every pedal stroke, and every class. As you progress you will naturally begin to make the classes more intense – you play by your rules. At REV, we turn the lights off and don’t have any mirrors so you are free to be you and find your own pace and intensity.
If you’ve never ridden a bike before, outside or inside, indoor cycling is for you. If you are a trained cyclist or triathlete, indoor cycling is for you. If you are recovering from a serious knee, hip or other injury, indoor cycling is for you. If you’re over 50 and want to increase bone density and improve your cardiac health, indoor cycling is for you. If you’re looking to tone up and shed pounds, indoor cycling is for you. If you want to have an excellent workout in a non-judgmental environment, REV Indoor Cycling is for you.
Can indoor cycling be the most intense workout of your life? Sure. Does it have to be? No. Many of my clients came to me having tried indoor cycling at other gyms or studios and after one bad experience told themselves they’d never try it again. Thankfully, they did give it a second shot, and more often than not, realize that indoor cycling can be the most invigorating, inviting and fun fitness experience they’ve ever had. I hope to see you on the bike soon!