Spinning Vs Cycling: The pros and cons

Posted: March 5, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Fitness and Training, SykOtic
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Pedalling for miles at a time is definitely more bearable on a nice summers’ evening than when the rain and wind are pelting you.


That’s why many keen cyclists like to switch up getting on their actual bike with hitting a spinning class. For others, the safety and warmth of the indoor studio is always preferable to the unpredictability of the weather and traffic. But what are the pros and cons?

Cycling indoors is not a new phenomenon and for years many fitness enthusiasts have preferred getting on their exercise bikes. However, the old versions were often very heavy and nothing like the real thing. These days spinning bikes are much lighter and you can almost kid yourself you’re in the great outdoors.

Spinning is usually a group activity and you’ll be hard pressed to find a gym that doesn’t offer it. A trainer joins in at the front, with his or her bike facing towards the class. Then you’ll be taken through a range of uphill climbs and sprints, all to the tune of some motivating music.

The resistance can be changed accordingly, thanks to a handy wheel at the front of the bike. This means everyone can join in, even those who are new to the class or who’ve had to take a break due to illness or injury. Training can be as intense as you want it to be.

Despite the clever spinning bike being very much like a real one, sweating in a studio is of course nothing like being outside. Besides the obvious losses such as fresh air and scenic routes, there are also some fitness aspects that are missing in spinning,

As the indoor bikes are stationary, you won’t be able to lean into any corners or react to different types of terrain. You’re basically just going in a straight line. It’s no wonder that many gyms have TV screens built into the equipment to keep your mind entertained. You won’t be working on your sense of balance either, which can take some getting used to for those who usually cycle outdoors.

Despite the cons, spinning is simply the more practical option for many people. For those who don’t have much time on their hands or are unable to find a safe scenic route near them, it’s much easier to sign up for a few 45-minute spinning sessions at their local gym. Your butt and thighs will be given a thorough workout, while classes that incorporate some tracks that lift you off the seat will also keep those abs tight.

Those new to the gym will find that spinning is a great way to get fitness levels up and those wanting to lose weight will be pleased to hear that an average session burns between 600 and 800 calories.

Competitive cyclists shouldn’t get their hopes up too high when it comes to spinning – it’s simply not the same. Professionals can often be found fleeing to sunny locations to train or prefer to use specially-made indoor machines at home. For many pros, taking part in spinning has even left them in worse shape, as the short classes focus largely on quick bursts of intense work, rather than training the endurance they need.

Of course a spinning class every now and again won’t drastically worsen a professional’s condition and is a good way to sporadically keep training up. However, if you’re keen to do long rides in the summer, it’s advisable to only do the odd class and instead try and train on a spinning bike by yourself for longer periods at a time.

see more:http://www.newstalk.ie/Which-is-better-Spinning-or-Cycling

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