More and more studios and gyms around the world are now offering indoor cycling classes. Even if you have yet to participate in a class, chances are you have heard about it somewhere. You may have seen an advertisement that shows a group of people riding cycling bikes while an instructor gives directions. Have you ever wanted to be a part of that?
Taking Your First Indoor Ride
If you feel hesitant about being a part of an indoor cycling class, don’t worry. There are others just like you. One of the misnomers about it is that you have a world class physique to be able to handle it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reason being is because you control of the pace. If for some reason you are not able to keep pace with the group, you don’t have to. No one will really be able to notice. This is different than other types of classes where others will notice if you fall behind or take a wrong step.
Fitness experts from all over will attest that indoor cycling is one of the most effective cardiovascular workouts out there. One of the great benefits it offers is the fact that it’s not a high impact exercise, as opposed to running or jogging. This is ideal for individuals who have arthritis, back pain, overuse injuries, pre/postnatal women, and post rehab patients.
Indoor Cycling Tips for Beginners
First, always remember that you are in control. You don’t have to worry about keeping up with anyone else. At the start of the class, pace yourself. Don’t begin by going as hard as you can.
Be prepared for the class. Dress appropriately, wear clothes that are comfortable. Cycling shoes and cross trainers are ideal since they are low top and have firm midsoles. Bring a towel and water bottle as well.
If you’re up for it, talking to your instructor can help make you feel more at ease. Tell him or her about your goals, fitness history, and any injuries. Ask them if they have any advice and how to adjust the resistance if you aren’t sure. Also, adjust your seat so that you are comfortable.
Stick with it. If you absolutely hate it, that’s fine. But I doubt you will. If you enjoy it, make a commitment to it. Attend some classes over the next several weeks. It will get easier and more fun over time.
If you would rather cycle privately or can’t fit classes into your schedule, then purchasing a cycling bike for your home is a great solution as well.