Trying an indoor cycling class for the first time? Good choice. You are making a commitment to a healthier, more energized life. Studies show that a moderately intense indoor spin class three times per week stimulates dopamine production, boosts energy levels by about 30%, and decreases fatigue by up to 65%. But what should you know for your first class? Your CycleYOU Motivator will explain the basics, but the following tips can help get you started on your cycling journey.
- Get ready to sweat. Spin classes are sweaty, so be sure to dress for an intense workout. Wear moisture-wicking workout clothing and good news, CycleYOU will provide a towel for you. Most importantly, bring plenty of water. You’re going to need it.
- Make sure you get a proper bike fit. At CycleYOU we specifically train our Concierge staff to fit you to the bike before class, making sure we have accommodated any injuries or issues. We then write those fit measurements down so you can reference them for your next class. Always give yourself 15 -20 minutes before your first class so this fitting process isn’t rushed. When your seat and handlebars are at the correct height, you can keep your body in alignment during the class. This will help prevent injury, particularly in your knees. Your instructor can show you how to fit your bike properly for your next class.
- Listen to your CY Motivator. Some people may be tempted to create their own workout during the class, but there is a reason the Motivator is there. As with a yoga class or other type of group fitness session, the Cy Motivator will lead the class with purpose. It’s their job to warm you up, challenge you, and cool you down. Trust their process.
- Make adjustments as needed. Your Motivator will tell you to turn your resistance up and down, and while you should do so, be sure to keep your ability in mind. For your first class, you might not choose to turn your knob as high as the rest of the class. The iMotivator may also give alternatives to every new challenge, so feel free to try these out.
- Push yourself. You are stronger than you think you are. Don’t be afraid to be out of breath. Your body will thank you later for giving your workout that extra push.
By entering your first cycling class with an open mind and an appetite for a challenge, you can finish the workout feeling stronger and more motivated than ever. Chances are after a short recovery, you’ll be ready for another class. Your bike will be waiting.