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Spinning Your Way to a Sensational Physique

The result is a pretty much unchallenging workout, at least for the most part.

This is where spinning differs. Although there are usually different levels of spinning classes, which are designed to meet the requirements of individual fitness levels, spinning challenges participants to get them to workout at various levels of intensity throughout the session. These intensities are based on one's individual heart rate. Therefore, although not necessary, it is advisable to spin with a heart rate monitor to benefit fully from the exercise.

A spinning class may last between 45 to 60 minutes, or for more seasoned spinners there are marathon classes which can last for up to two hours. Spinning, although it uses the same equipment as cycling, the bikes are very different. A spin bike looks similar to that of a stationary bike, however, it has customized handlebars, which are designed for spinning and it also has various ways in which you can adjust the bike to suit your body. Spin bikes also have an adjustable knob, which can be used to increase or decrease the level of difficulty of your pedaling.

Throughout the exercise, the instructor will give you goals at which to exercise for a specified time. For example, when they ask you to take it up to 60% for one minute and then bring it down to 50% after two minutes, what they are telling you is to intensify your workout, so that you reach 60% of your target heart rate for one minute, and then lower the intensity to bring your heart rate to 50% of your target for a further two minutes.

It’s also worth it to mention that spinning allows you “lose” yourself in the experience of the exercise. It could be the blue, club-like lights, the loud music or the great feeling and release of endorphins you get in from a spinning class, or it could be a combination of them all. The only way to really find out is to experience the thrill of spinning for yourself.

Author: Dimi Ingle.
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