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Catrin2010-05-02 10:17:14 +0000 #1
Is there a reason to attend spinning classes in the summer outside of rainy days? As the weather warms, and I look at my goals for the summer I am starting to consider my training schedule. My thought it just to reserve spinning for days when the weather is too bad to go out - but it seemed a good question to ask...
bmccasland2010-05-02 10:33:08 +0000 #2
Depends on if you live somewhere that it gets really bloody hot in the summer, considered "too hot to ride." When the heat index is over 110F (43C) in a humid climate, it's too hot to ride. Even 105 (40.5C) heat index is getting close to the "too hot to ride" mark. So I could easily see taking a spin class in the beastly hot summer months. Been there, done that.
Catrin2010-05-02 10:30:38 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by bmccasland

Depends on if you live somewhere that it gets really bloody hot in the summer, considered "too hot to ride." When the heat index is over 110F (43C) in a humid climate, it's too hot to ride. Even 105 (40.5C) heat index is getting close to the "too hot to ride" mark. So I could easily see taking a spin class in the beastly hot summer months. Been there, done that.

I am from the South myself, and I've yet to see what I would call a terribly hot summer in Central Indiana - but that is relative until you reach the numbers you mentioned. This will be my 10th summer here, so hopefully my luck will hold. Sunburn, however, I have to be very careful with as I do not tan.

I was just debating going to one spinning class a week this summer - but couldn't come up with a reason outside of inclement weather.
Blueberry2010-05-02 10:57:59 +0000 #4
If you enjoy it and it's an efficient workout for you, why not do it? I still ride my trainer when I get home late/have limited time to ride, etc. Sadly, during the week, I don't always have time to get outside and ride. Inside can be more efficient.
Catrin2010-05-02 11:43:13 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Blueberry

If you enjoy it and it's an efficient workout for you, why not do it? I still ride my trainer when I get home late/have limited time to ride, etc. Sadly, during the week, I don't always have time to get outside and ride. Inside can be more efficient.

I do like it - but I like my bike better

And with soon to have TWO bikes, well, there is only so much cycling time

I do find the classes that I attend fun though, which will be nice on rainy days...
nscrbug2010-05-02 10:51:17 +0000 #6
I do spin classes year round...even during the summer. I do the majority of my road riding on the weekends. On weekdays, I don't have the time (unless I have a day off from work) to get a good ride in.

So I hit the gym instead...and on two of those weekday mornings, there is a spin class...so I take it.
Dogmama2010-05-02 11:33:08 +0000 #7
Agree with 'bug. Plus, spin classes help me remember my skills like pedaling in circles, keeping my center of gravity over my saddle, etc. Those skills can get lost on the road if there are other factors like headwinds.

Plus, in Arizona if you aren't back by 8AM in the summer, it's too hot. In the afternoon, you can get second degree burns if you land on the pavement.
bmccasland2010-05-02 11:44:46 +0000 #8
OK - another reason. I don't get any coaching on riding form except when I've taken spin classes. Granted the ones I've taken lately have been in conjunction with MS training rides, so most of the instructors are MS-150 riders themselves, and are taking the opportunities to teach us how to tackle the hills better, or improve our riding overall. At least in spin class I can concentrate on riding form, and not worry about riding off the road.

That said, one of the worst spin classes I had was from an instructor who admitted she was a runner and not a cyclist, but had been teaching "spin" for years. It became very apparent that she didn't ride outside.

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