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Irulan2010-05-02 20:30:29 +0000 #1
Maybe I'm approaching it all wrong in thinking that somehow a spinning class should have some resemblance to a real ride?

What I really want to know is what's up with stand and grind?

There are a few instructors (not all) that are really into this. I refuse to do it because I NEVER grind... horrible for my knees as I've learned the hard way.

I love the endurance, cadence and steady standing intense climbs but stand and grind (slow push) forget it.

Veronica2010-05-02 20:46:31 +0000 #2
A lot of the time I do my own thing in class. It's at 5:30 AM and the instructor is pretty cool with it. I never stand and run anymore, it's not a motion I can duplicate on the tandem (the bike I usually ride outside). So when the class is doing that I do a high cadence spin or turn it into a standing climb.

Every now and then I'll tell her why I'm doing what I'm doing. She doesn't ride outside and she respects that I'm trying to better my outside riding not just burn calories. Hopefully your instructors will feel the same.

spinner7772010-05-02 20:58:38 +0000 #3
What exactly do you mean by stand and grind? I am a certified spinning instructor and have never heard of that before. I have been teaching for 7 years. That is definitly not in the instructors manual as an actual move.

One thing I can tell you is if it dosen't seem right, don't do it!

I would like to know what that stand and grind is, can you please post again?

Irulan2010-05-02 20:48:14 +0000 #4
describe stand and grind....hmmm.

OK, if it were real life biking it would be the biggest gear combo. pushing really hard, at a slow almost unrhytmic cadence. Maybe <40 strokes per minute? Anyway... it's like those guys you see trrying to climb a hill, grunting as they push their way up the hills. You'd probaly say, "there's a knee waitng to blow" when you see it.

In the class, it translates to lots of resistance on the wheel, very slow, standing cadence. The first time I ever took a spin class I just followed the instructor's pace, and had knee pain that I hadn't had in 4 years. That was the last time I did that! I know much better know to listen to my body.

Now some of the spin class leaders are really good, but there are some I almost ignore. I love the standing climbs but I refuse to go there when they want tons of resistance and a slllooooww cadence. What feels good to me is to set it for how it would feel on a long steady ( endurance) climb that I have in my head from "real" rides I do.

So- other than just what I experience in the class, how can I tell who is a good instructor? Are there different certifications? I'm at a 24 hour fitness if that makes any difference. What does one look for in a spin class? Should my gym be providing a clock with a second hand for HR monitoring?

Sorry for all the questions but there are some days I just wonder. But we have some really great class leaders too.

FWIW for real riding I am a mountain biker only.

spinner7772010-05-02 21:15:24 +0000 #5
In my honest opinion instructors shouldn't tell anyone to put so much restiance on their bike that they can hardly ride. So with that, just do what you feel comfortable doing.

There are different certifications, in order to actually instruct a true spinning class. The instructor shold have been certifed through Madd Dog Athletics. They will have a JGSI# if they did and you can ask the instructoe if they have that. Also you should be riding on the actual spinning bike. There ar so many other indoor cyclying type classes I couldn't even begin to name them all. A couple are CYcle Rebook, Kiser and Pace Line. As for HR training, YES your instructor should be giving you gidelines for your rides. Most instructors talk about the importance of having a HR monitor while you ride. You can check out more about that and anything else you want to know about Spinning at:

Hope this helps.




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