Are you thinking about joining a spin studio and wondering about the benefits of spin class? This is something we get asked a lot, and the truth is it would be easier to list what aren’t the benefits of spinning.
Just kidding. We don’t have an answer for that.
There is no doubt that spin classes are exciting and upbeat, especially when you join an immersive gym like Studio Society that engages your mind and body through sound, smell, and visual stimulation to achieve your most epic workout.
It may sound like all fun, and, well, it is. But the benefits of spin class are no joke.
Whether you have never tried spinning before or already do it but want to know more about what exactly you are accomplishing, there are so many benefits of spin class that you should know.
Maybe you used to love hopping on your bike to go for a ride around the neighborhood when you were younger. Maybe you use one currently to run errands around town because cycling is faster than walking and more environmentally friendly than driving. But just because you do that doesn’t mean you are ready to walk into a dark-lit room and hop on a stationary bike for upwards of an hour when it doesn’t even take you anywhere. What could you possibly gain from that?
The truth is, spinning takes you places. It takes you much further than you could imagine. So even if you’re a spin-class skeptic, these benefits of spinning might just leave you feeling ready to get back in the saddle again, so to speak.
Spinning is a low-impact exercise for everyone
It does not matter what your fitness levels are – or your age, weight, or gender, or ability to ride a road bike – you can take a spin class. You may even be recovering from an orthopedic injury or are reluctant to exercise due to knee issues or discomfort. If that’s the case, spinning can actually help you recover, as it is a low-impact that doesn’t place as much stress on your joints, such as your ankles and knees, as other workouts.
Spinning improves your balance, coordination, and posture
One of the greatest benefits of spin class is that it strengthens your core while improving your balance. Actually, a strong core is what you need for optimal balance, and simply keeping yourself upright and stabilizing yourself on the bike helps with this. Spinning is also an exercise that encourages you to keep your core engaged while sometimes calling for more challenging moves such as standing slightly up and riding off the saddle.
You might be wondering why balance is so important, and it is not only so you can hold a pose in one of Studio Society’s yoga classes. Balance is something most of us take for granted because it is not every day we think about our core muscles and spine keeping us upright – we just keep going and keep walking without thinking much of it. But what happens when we lose some of that coordination that comes with age, a weaker core, and less frequent activity? We can easily fall and injure ourselves, leaving us watching from the sidelines. Spinning helps us engage the critical muscles that help us stay flexible and limber.
A spin class is also an excellent opportunity to focus on your posture and taking care of your spine is easily the best thing you could ever do for your body. You need good spinal health to provide your body structure and support. A healthy spine is essential if you want to maintain an active life, let alone getting through day-to-day life.
Spinning helps with weight management
How many calories you burn in a spin class will depend on a variety of factors like your cadence and resistance, but let’s just say you will burn a lot with the high-intensity style of spin classes. Regular spinning over time, then, will help you reduce your weight and body fat levels. Especially as you strengthen your muscles and rev up your metabolism, you will start burning more even when you are resting.
Spinning strengthens your lower body
One of the best benefits of spinning is how much stronger it makes the muscles in your legs. It targets and strengthens your quads, glutes, calves, and hamstrings.
It is also safe to supplement spin classes with some weight training exercises such as lunges or squats, making your lower half even stronger and improving your spinning performance.
Spinning tones your muscles
Spinning does not only strengthen your body’s muscles, but it also tones them. Regular spin classes will increase the muscle definition in your legs and core, which is working to keep your body upright.
And on that note, we will always advise you to focus on your size over your weight if weight loss is a goal for you. Muscle weighs more than fat, and you are likely to gain weight by building lean leg muscles through spinning!
Spinning is good for your heart
Spin classes are cardiovascular exercises meaning they will increase your heart rate. From strengthening your heart muscles to reducing your resting pulse, spinning improves your overall cardiovascular health.
With a healthier heart, you are at a significantly lower risk for certain cardiovascular diseases and medical conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Spinning is good for your lungs
In addition to your heart, spinning benefits your lungs, circulation, and respiratory function. As you maintain a cyclical rhythm of movement and breath in spin class, the lungs receive fresh oxygen, and you strengthen their surrounding muscles with your increased breathing rate.
Spinning starts your day on a high
A spin class can be great for you at any time of day but starting your day with spinning is an incredible experience. It can set your day up for success in more ways than one.
First and foremost, you will start your day off feeling energized and enthusiastic after boosting your circulation and achieving a sense of accomplishment. You will feel so good that it will be hard not to make healthier choices for yourself throughout your day – not just in terms of food choices but positive decisions that help you to be your best self.
From the boost in your energy and metabolism levels, a spin class will also leave you burning calories all day.
Spinning improves your mental health
Cardiovascular exercise is one of the greatest ways to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing, as it helps ease stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Spin classes, in particular, help keep your mind rooted in the present moment. When you are so focused on the rhythmic movements and sticking to the beat of the music, it helps cultivate better awareness, focus, and concentration – on and off your bike.
There will always be days where you feel less than enthusiastic about getting up and getting started; it’s called being a human. But once you show up to your spin class and the hardest part (at least the mental part) is over, it’s all uphill from there – literally.
If you are looking to focus on any aspect of your mental health or confidence levels, there is always something you can take away from spinning. As soon as you start releasing those endorphins and relieving your stress, you will feel so much better.
Spinning increases your endurance
We already talked a bit about your cardiovascular endurance, so let’s talk about your mental endurance – one of the other wonderful benefits of spin class in terms of your mental health.
As you push yourself and find a greater sense of motivation and empowerment in your spin classes, you will cultivate a more positive, “can-do” attitude. In other words, your physical toughness translates to mental toughness, whether or not you realize it as it is happening.
In fact, you might be more likely to notice signs of higher resilience in life situations outside of the studio. You might start to realize yourself succumbing less to stress or being overwhelmed by unhelpful emotions. You may notice you have become more self-assured and confident in your abilities. Spinning helps you develop a level of mental discipline that you don’t gain from just any workout.
Spinning can lower your cholesterol
You’ve likely already heard before how LDL cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol because, over time, it contributes to fatty deposits in your blood vessels that restrict blood flow in your arteries. This type of cholesterol puts you at a greater risk for heart diseases, but spin classes can help you lower these levels. In fact, spinning is one of the best forms of exercise for this.
What happens during a cardiovascular workout like spin is it stimulates the enzymes in your body that help move LDL cholesterol from your blood to your liver. From there, it is converted for digestion, so the more you spin, the more LDL your body gets rid of.
Spinning reduces your risk of injuries
Many injuries occur because joints become stiff, or muscles become weak. In other words, injuries are more likely to occur when you are not using your body enough. Especially if you make a quick movement or lift something heavy after a period of not exercising, you might pull something.
Spinning helps keeps your muscles and joints loose and limber. The more you ride (with rest days, of course), the more ready you will be for whatever comes.
Spinning is like being a part of a team
Spin classes are an excellent opportunity to be social and meet new people. You might not always be there to share full-blown conversations, but you are there sharing each other’s energy, and that energy spreads and becomes contagious.
In a spin class, you will also be pushing each other, even if you don’t realize you are pushing someone or that they are pushing you. Most of the time, when people work harder in a group setting it’s not something they are consciously aware of.
There is nothing quite like the experience of experiencing the same or similar feelings of someone next to you – moving to the same beat, sweating to the same song. It’s all so much fun, and it fosters a sense of team spirit.
Like we said in the beginning, spin classes are for everyone – from beginner to advanced – not only in terms of accessibility but the fact that everyone will get to test their own limits. And the best part about spin is that you will not push yourself further than your max.
This isn’t to say that your legs will not always be working and burning, but because it is interval training, you will be moving between flat grounds and hills – lighter and heavier resistances. You will burn more calories in less time this way, and your legs and your butt will be sore, but you will learn to love that too.
Spinning is an experience
One of the biggest reasons why people fail to stay consistent with their workout routine is because they become boring or repetitive. A spin class is much more than a workout – it is an experience. You might end up so deep in the rhythm and lost in the music that you leave class feeling totally euphoric. There are many people who even feel that spin classes are a spiritual experience for them.
Our spin classes are Studio Society will take you on a journey through mountain scenes or city streets, and you will become completely immersed. Still, the scenes and the sounds will not be the only thing that surrounds you. You will have trainers that motivate you to do and be your best, and no day will ever be the same as the last.
So, when your legs feel like they are giving out and your mind feels like it wants to give up, we will be here to push you to keep going because you deserve the chance to prove something to yourself.
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