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surgtech19562010-05-02 14:22:23 +0000 #1
I'm thinking about this for a fall/winter exercise routine. I don't know anything about spinning/spin classes. There aren't any spin classes in my town, there is at the YMCA in the city where I work. Is this something that's not too popular? Do most of you have your own spin bike at home or go to a spin class? Anyone teach spin classes?
Veronica2010-05-02 14:24:30 +0000 #2
Spinning is very popular at the gyms around here. I've done both classes and videos at home. For burning calories, the classes are great. I also really enjoyed the camaraderie. I like the convenience factor of videos and I think the workouts tend to have a more specific focus - climbing, strength, technique, etc. Of course that will vary from instructor to instructor.

V.
KnottedYet2010-05-02 14:41:20 +0000 #3
I've never taken a spin class, and I don't own a spin bike. But the classes sound like fun, and I know a lot of people get a kick out of them.

Why not give it a try? Could be great!
Zen2010-05-02 14:42:53 +0000 #4
Wow.

I can't believe there are no spin classes local to you.

I have two spin bikes (anybody wanna buy one cheap?) but I mostly take classes.

Just like road riding in a group, I put in more effort in group spin.

You can probably take the classes without joining the Y.

Spinning has improved both my aerobic endurance and climbing skills.

DO IT!
KnottedYet2010-05-02 15:12:33 +0000 #5
surgtech, where ARE you?

Jackson, Lansing, all have spin I'm sure. Hayes Green Beach in Charlotte probably doesn't, but if you dash down to Battle Creek you could spin to your heart's content. You can't be more than 20 minutes from a town with a spin class! Even if you're in Wacousta, fer chrissakes! (there is NOTHING in Wacousta, y'all!)

Get ahold of the Tri-County bicycle assoc, they will be able to tell you what spin classes are in your area.

Are you still looking for GF 2.0? You might find her in a spin class.
Starfish2010-05-02 15:30:56 +0000 #6
What everyone said!

I haven't done a lot of spinning, but I intend to do a bunch this winter (in the gym in a class). Just the little I did this spring (thanks Veronica!!) DID help both my leg strength and my higher end HR fitness. Really helped for out of the saddle climbing, too.

And, fun!

I also have a trainer at home for the road bike, but I need to invest in some videos. I have a hard time making myself just ride and ride the trainer without outside motivation. Although, just spinning on the trainer for a 1/2 hour in the morning is easy to get in. I'm planning on that this winter to up my a.m. metabolism.
surgtech19562010-05-02 16:21:22 +0000 #7
There's a spin class at the YMCA in the town I work - this is 30 mins from my home. Lansing is 1 1/2 hrs south-west of me.
han-grrl2010-05-02 14:49:15 +0000 #8
I teach spin classes, and they are pretty popular around this area. The bikes are expensive to buy and maintain so some gyms may not really feel like investing in them.

For my own training, i use the trainer at home, mostly because of timing, i don't work out while i teach, and i can't always make it for certain class times.

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