June 10th marked the beginning of Bike Week 2017!
Cycling doesn’t always mean having to spend £100+ on a bike and risking getting caught in a torrential downpour (especially living in the UK!).
Did you know you could burn around 500 calories in your average 45-minute spin class?
As well as that massive benefit, spinning is a great form of cardio which over time will build your overall strength. It also focusses on building muscle and toning on your thighs, calves, glutes and core!
Let’s be honest, spinning isn’t the most enjoyable exercise (is there such a thing?) but it’s intensity pretty much guarantees results – when done regularly and whilst following a healthy diet, of course.
Spinning is one of my main forms of exercise and even though I attend a class 3 or 4 times a week and find that it has definitely gotten (slightly) easier over time, I often find myself still thinking the same thoughts I had during my very first experience on the bike.
Interested in giving it a go?
Here’s what you can expect to think and feel during your first time spinning:
1. “What kind of contraption is this?”
You’ve just walked into the class and you’re faced with a sea of indoor bikes. You head to your chosen seat and try to get on the seat but apparently the last person on it was a giraffe. You’re sure getting on the bike isn’t supposed to be the hard part of this class. Eventually you find the right dial to turn and voilà, the seat is at the right height.
2. “It’s just cycling, how bad can it be?”
You’ve managed to get over the first metaphorical hill (even if it wasn’t actually part of the class) and you’re sat waiting for the class to start. Okay… let’s give this a go. You start peddling away… yeah, this seems fine, maybe this won’t be so bad. Everyone you know who told you about their experience were probably exaggerating. It’s just cycling, how bad can it be?
3. “Wait, that was just the warm up?”
You’re sticking with the pace, everything seems to be going well and those words that you’ve been dreading pop up: “Right guys, that’s the warm up done! Time to ramp things up.”
What have I let myself in for? Is it too late to leave?
4. “I’ve made a terrible mistake…”
Resistance? That doesn’t sound fun. You knew that dial in front of you looked suspicious. Okay but really, how much difference can it make? A lot, apparently. Suddenly everything seems a lot harder. You realise you might have made a terrible mistake…
5. “Is it safe for a human to sweat this much?”
The pace continues to build, your legs are starting to become heavier as the resistance comes into effect. Is there supposed to be this much sweat? Why does the person next to you not seem to be sweating as much as you? Are you really THAT unfit? You definitely didn’t bring enough water for this.
6. “Why are you bringing so much pain into my life?!”
Your instructor keeps yelling at you to keep the pace and turn your resistance up. Are they getting a kick out of causing this much pain? Maybe if you just pretend to turn up the dial no one will know. You catch the instructor’s eye and it’s like they can read your mind. They know all. FINE, you’ll just have suffer the extra resistance.
7. “Oh GOD, my legs are on fire.”
Your legs are definitely feeling it now. You’re praying for any chance to give them a stretch. And then a climb is introduced to the class. Oh, sweet relief, you can stand up and stretch a little. But a climb can only mean one thing, more resistance. There’s no escaping this.
8. “This is the longest 60 seconds ever.”
Those words you never expected to hear are shouted out across the room: “turn that resistance right off!”. Is that it? Is it all over? You did it!
Wait… surely not, SPRINTS?! No thanks, you think about making a sly exit but your legs are definitely jelly right now.
You’ve never experienced a longer 60 seconds in your life. You’re cycling so fast it feels like your legs might actually fall off.
9.“I survived! I’m invincible!”
And just like that, the class is over. You’re unsure whether to trust the instructor… are they going to spring another surprise round of sprints on us? But no, it really is time to cool down and stretch. It’s all over.
10. “Let’s do it again!”
As soon as the class is over, it’s as if the instructor has used the neuralyzer gadget from Men in Black to completely erase your memory. You’re sweaty, out of breath and sore all over yet you find yourself signing up for it the same time next week. I guess it wasn’t THAT bad.
Don’t forget: it’s important to refuel and let your body recover after an intense workout.
Always have your protein shake or bar up to 30 minutes after your workout has finished in order to receive the maximum benefits.
If you’re looking to build lean muscle or increase muscle mass, it’s essential to top up your protein intake after hitting the gym to repair any stretched or torn muscle fibres.
– The Prana Protein Team