If you’ve recently decided to try your hand at indoor cycling, but don’t want to look like a fool, you’ve come to the right place. We understand how intimidating it can be to step outside of your comfort zone and attend a group class like cycling, which is why we want to make sure you have all the information and tools you need to get started. Regardless of how much experience you have cycling – both indoors and outdoors – having a few tips in the back of your mind can go a long way in calming your nerves and helping you get the most out of the workout. Indoor cycling classes are a wonderful option for those who enjoy the heart-pumping workout of riding a bike, but don’t want to go out and ride in the pouring rain, freezing weather, or unbearably hot summer day. Furthermore, our indoor cycling classes are designed to motivate you with high-energy tunes and instructors who will keep you going, even when you think you’ve done all you can.
Indoor cycling classes first became popular in the early 1990s and has only grown since then. Gyms all across the nation – including right here in Arlington and Bedford – offer a wide range of indoor cycling classes, catering to people of all ages, schedules, and fitness experience. Cycling – also known as spinning – is a fantastic way to burn calories, but this doesn’t mean you can simply hop on a bike and expect everything to come naturally to you. Getting into the cycling groove requires a bit of finesse and experience, especially if you are hoping to get the most you can out of your workout. With that in mind, here are a few tips to ensure you show up to your next cycling class looking like a pro:
- It’s All About the Clothes
In order to be comfortable throughout the entire cycling class, it is imperative you take the time to dress properly. We recommend a moisture-wicking shirt or tank top, cycling tights, or even padded bike shorts. Avoid loose-fitting shorts or baggy sweats, as they can get in the way and may even hinder your performance. As far as shoes, the bikes in the gym will have pedals designed for special clip-in bike shoes. If you have any questions about footwear or what you are expected to wear/bring with you, please do not hesitate to contact Fitness Nation.
- Go Custom
One of the best ways to enhance your cycling experience is to get customized. We suggest getting to class a bit early so you have enough time to adjust your bike seat height (a good trick is to stand next to the bike and adjust the seat so it is at hip height) and make sure you are comfortable before class starts. Once on your bike, check and make sure your pedal stroke is fluid and you have taken care of any additional adjustments. You may also want to check out the handlebar height to make sure you feel comfortable and aren’t putting any unnecessary strain on your back, neck, or shoulders.
- Brush Up on the Lingo
Before you go to your first class, it may be a good idea to do some research and make sure you understand the lingo. Instructors often provide resistance numbers and other key reference points that will help you adjust throughout the class, but if you aren’t sure what the heck they are talking about, it could impact how much you are getting out of class.
For more information on our cycling class offerings, check out our Arlington class schedule here and our Bedford schedule here. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and are here to make your experience at our gym a great one!