Ask the Trainer: Preparing for Spin Class
Question: I'd like to try a spin class, but I'm afraid I won't be able to handle it. Any suggestions on how to prepare?
Answer: There are a couple of things to keep in mind before beginning a spin class. First, you can go at your own pace. Some people will have their resistance turned up all the way and pedal as fast as they can. Others will go at a slower pace to keep their heart rate slower and at a easier level. You control it.
To prepare for a spinning class I would make sure that you are riding a bike for at least a week to get used to the movement. Spin classes are usually a full hour and you will get extremely sore if you do not prepare for this in advance. Start with 30 minutes and work your way up to an hour. Either way you can always stop the class early and get off the bike if you feel overwhelmed or overheated.