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What are you better at due to Spin Class?

Miranda2010-05-02 10:20:22 +0000 #1
For those of you that would consider yourself primarily roadies / mtb... aka: outside peeps-- who use Spinning as an off-season activity and/or compliment...

What would you say to my title post?

Intervals? Pedal stroke technique? Smoothing out your cadence? Other?

I'm curious for various reasons.

Well, I will answer first... I would say all of the above. Plus some.

I was a Spinner first. Then re-found my love for riding outside. I road cycle primarily, and mtb a little. Plus, now I'm a Spinning Instructor. It won't be long before they all start piling in (cooler weather is coming). I've been recruiting whilst riding outside too .

However... there are some peeps I know, that I would *think* could improve in some areas with Spinning. Like keeping a steady cadence...

Since doing the club rides, I'm sorta amazed at all the "pedal, pedal, *coast stroke*" I see. There is no coasting on a Spin bike. It's like a fixie. I think I'm personally a more steady road rider because of it.

Funny story too... I had one new roadie show up in my class to specifically improve his intervals. His male ego was bruised that his buddy could out-sprint him. When he asked the buddy, "...how did you develop to do that?... the reply--Spinning class intervals!". Hmm...

That was rather enlightening for me as an instructor. So, just curious what others' experiences might be and how I can help my students .

TYIA

Miranda


redrhodie2010-05-02 10:31:39 +0000 #2
I was thinking about this as I rode this morning, and the thing spinning most helped me with was standing. I don't spin any more, but all those drills of standing, then recovering, were helpful in getting used to that action.
maillotpois2010-05-02 11:04:46 +0000 #3
It all REALLY depends on how good the instructor is. Those ones that are basically aerobics instructors on a bike who have you do weird moves that don't resemble actual cycling at all don't help anything except get regular exercise.

I had a great spin instructor who was a MTB racer. His classes were a great workout and helped my riding consistency a lot.

For this year I am taking cycle ops power based classes where there instructors are actually bike racers or triathletes and they are really good at working on cadence and pedal stroke. They're constantly reminding you about form, changing the power setting for intervals, changing the cadence, etc. It's been amazing. I hope I have the $ to do it again next year!
Miranda2010-05-02 11:38:12 +0000 #4
Thx for those replies. We have a mix of both at our gym. Instructors that do not ride outside & teach other aerobics classes plus Spinning. And our outdoor peeps as well.
missjulied2010-05-02 11:54:17 +0000 #5
I found I'm better at climbing, and better at not stopping pedaling as I raise my bum off the saddle to go over bumps or potholes.
tctrek2010-05-02 11:05:40 +0000 #6
Spinning helped me a lot with picking up my cadence. I've increased my average cadence from 74 to 84 this past year. Last winter I went to spinning classes at least 3-4 times a week.

I've only been to one spinning class since April and I was surprised to feel claustrophobic in the class. After riding outdoors 6 days a week, I found that I couldn't breathe right and was uber-sweaty in the spin class. I longed for the breeze in my face as I travelled down the road.

I hope I can get back into spinning classes when the cold weather comes as I don't see myself riding in sub-freezing weather.
Zen2010-05-02 11:22:09 +0000 #7
Climbing.

I went back to my first spin class of the summer just tonight. I kept trying to use the handbrakes on the flat part of the bar. They weren't there
Mr. Bloom2010-05-02 13:52:03 +0000 #8
Intervals.

I did no spin last winter and I've paid for it all this season.

I'm already strong on climbs...intervals build speed.

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