Intense indoor cycling and aerobic workout
Spinning is an indoor cycling class using special ‘fixed wheel’ bikes (in other words you can’t backpedal or freewheel). It derived from the indoor training that real cyclists do, and is a very intense aerobic workout, with a strong lower body focus. In one study into spinning, the average heart rate of participants was 87 per cent of maximum!
Spinning classes are often done in a darkened room, during which the instructor encourages participants to visualize they are out on a real cycle, encountering hills and challenges along the way. Some strength work is done in the saddle, too.
|CV fitness rating||High|
|Strength rating||Moderate for lower legs, low elsewhere.|
|Benefits||Strong motivational element from the instructor.|