You may have heard that spinning is one of the best exercise classes in the fitness scene, but the real question is this - why is it the best? In this short guide, we’re going to work through each of the main spinning class benefits, one at a time. This way, you should be able to make an informed decision about whether spinning classes are for you.
Let’s get into it!
All workouts are designed with a specific goal in mind, whether you’re looking to condition your body in preparation for a sporting event or simply lose some weight and get fit. Spinning isn’t great for all of your potential fitness goals, but it’s quite good at most of them! In particular, if you’re looking to burn fat, spinning is invaluable due to the sheer quantity of calories burned in a short period of time.
Figures vary but it’s widely agreed that an effective spinning class can burn over 500 calories in an hour, with some sources citing up to 700 calories. That’s a lot of energy usage! As a calorie deficit is essential for weight loss, spinning becomes one of the easiest methods for getting the body shape you’ve always wanted.
As with all cardio exercises, spinning is brilliant for increasing your overall stamina and endurance. This is partly because of the level of fitness required to take part in a spinning class, and partly because of the breathing control you will learn through the physical exertion.
Depending on what exercise you are doing, your body demands different levels of oxygen. This is why you breathe faster and your heart rate increases when you work out - to make sure that enough oxygen reaches the muscles that are working. As sophisticated as our bodies are, they’re not perfect and if left unchecked, your natural breathing pattern when working out becomes desperate, ragged and inefficient. Engaging in a high-intensity workout like a spinning class subliminally trains you and your body on how to make the most of the oxygen you’re breathing in.
This breath control can be transferred to every aspect of your life, from completing other workouts to something as simple as climbing the stairs. The most obvious effect of this improvement is that you will start to notice yourself getting tired less often as your body is not only fitter, but it knows how to power your muscles more efficiently too. This is a huge benefit of spinning classes when compared to other traditional fitness activities.
3. Low Impact
Exercises can be split into two distinct categories - high impact and low impact.
High impact describes exercises when you have at least two feet off the ground at any given point, such as running. The reason it’s referred to as high impact is because whenever one of your feet hits the ground, stress is exerted on your joints; in the case of running, the joint that receives the majority of the stress is your knees. High impact exercises leave you at a greater risk of being injured or hurt, as your bones and joints see more energy transferred into them, pushing their limits further.
On the flip side, low impact activity doesn’t involve putting stress on your joints because you aren’t touching the ground at all (or you always have one foot on the ground). Examples of low impact exercises are walking, swimming and spinning. The primary benefit of this is the lower injury risk, both in the short and long term. In short, spinning always occurs on a machine where there is no ‘landing’, so your knees and joints are much safer.
4. Motivation and Community
Staying motivated to work out is one of the hardest parts about exercising. It’s challenging to stay disciplined and do something just for yourself. That’s why the idea of ‘gym buddies’ became popular because it makes you more accountable for actually going to the gym and working out.
When you attend a spinning class regularly, you will start to share your fitness goals with the other attendees, creating a sense of community that drives you to push harder. This is more valuable than any food supplement, protein shake, or pro-tip because it involves social interaction which is an incredibly powerful force to be reckoned with.
5. Happiness and Stress Relief
After exercising, your body releases endorphins which serve as a positivity trigger in your brain. Endorphins are incredibly powerful and create an intense happy emotion whilst simultaneously diminishing the effect of pain, reducing stress and warding off anxiety. This is the true value of exercise and the intensity of spinning makes individuals feel like they have worked hard, only amplifying these positive emotions.
With these spinning class benefits, it’s hard to argue against at least giving one a try. Here at Bodyjunkies, we run our specialist B-Cycle spinning classes using state-of-the-art Keiser M3i bikes with magnetic resistance, emulating that on-the-road feeling. With us, your first class is free so there’s no need to worry about expense either.
If you’re interested in trying one of our spinning classes, you can find out more here.