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herzy2010-05-02 09:12:15 +0000 #1
I have been spinning regularly for over a year now and it is my favorite type of exercise. In the past month or so, I have been experiencing pretty significant soreness/discomfort in my private area during and after spinning class. I don't use a seat cover and just wear regular shorts when spinning. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can resolve this issue?

Thanks!
makbike2010-05-02 09:25:25 +0000 #2
I would suggest purchasing a good pair of biking shorts. You might also try using Chamois Butter before your spin class.

Hope this helps.
Starfish2010-05-02 09:55:48 +0000 #3
+1 on what Makbike said.

And, if you are sitting on the seat for long periods, make sure to stand up in the pedals every few minutes for a minute or so to promote blood flow.
Zen2010-05-02 09:32:40 +0000 #4
I used to use a gel seat cover but not anymore.

I used to wear padded shorts but not anymore.

Tonight was my first class wearing tri shorts and I have no problem. Sounds like you're leaning forward putting pressure where it out not to be instead of on your sit bones; you aren't using your core to support yourself.
OakLeaf2010-05-02 10:59:35 +0000 #5
A lot of people bring their own seats (and seatposts) to spin class, too. There's a lot of discussion on this board about saddle fitment - check it out.

And +1 to what everyone else said. But if you've been spinning for a year and only started having trouble in the last month, what changed? Have you lost weight? Or is something else going on?
tulip2010-05-02 10:51:24 +0000 #6
How is your position on the bike. I noticed a big improvement (no more pain) when I raised the bars pretty significantly. I thought that the bars needed to be below my seat, but that's not good on a spin bike. Raising the bars puts less pressure on the parts because I'm not leaning forward so much. It also feels better on my back. Same good workout, without the hurt.

Also make sure your seat isn't too high that it causes you to rock side to side. Speaking of rocking, when you spin fast, do you bounce? Alot of people do and it's not good. Good form is more important than cadence of 120+. Keep good form under control. Hopefully this will help.

Oh, and I do wear cycling shorts.
herzy2010-05-02 09:40:29 +0000 #7
Thanks for all the replies. I do have a pair of cycling shorts, but have never worn them to spin class - I will definitely give it a try. My handlebars are already as high as they go and I don't bounce or rock when I spin, so I don't think its a position or form problem. I have lost a pretty significant amount of weight since I started spinning (40-50 lbs.). How would this affect my comfort level, and what do I do about it?

Thanks again for all the input. This has been causing me a lot of stress lately, so I was excited to find this forum and get some ideas on what to do about my problem!
OakLeaf2010-05-02 11:31:21 +0000 #8
Congratulations on losing so much weight! That's a good reason for a change in the way your saddle feels. The shape and size of your "contact patch" has changed. I just didn't want us to be overlooking something, since you'd only started having trouble recently. Hopefully a good pair of shorts will take care of it for you, but if not, try some of the other suggestions.

To expand on what Zen said, she's still wearing tri shorts, not regular gym shorts. The amount of padding is a matter of personal preference/fit; what is pretty much undisputed is that you want a seamless, non-cotton, non-bunching surface, whether it's a thick "road" chamois or a thinner "spin" or "tri" chamois.

(And I hate to keep repeating this here, because I get the feeling I'm the only one in the world who didn't figure it out after my first ride... but keep your hair very short )

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