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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Workout Wednesday: Spinning

This week we're bringing you Spinning! We were lucky enough to be together in London for our weekly class. So instead of Becca vs. Meli it's a joint post as we took Spinning together. This is the fourth class in the series - check out our introductory post here. We have also tried Zumba, Boxercise and Yoga.  Read on to find out what we thought of spinning...


Spinning is a high intensity workout on a stationary, indoor bike. There are endurance, interval and strength classes. Shorter 'express' classes also run for a quicker workout. The programme combines seated, seated climb, standing, standing climb and jumps for constant variation in movement. Participants follow instructions but are encouraged to alter distance and pace to what they feel comfortable with. 

Time: 50mins

Having seen everyone walk out of this class dripping with sweat we thought we'd better try this out. The spinning class we went to this week was for strength (jumping in at the deep end a little). They do several classes throughout the week which alternate between strength, interval and endurance. The intensity varies between the three but all of them are relatively high impact.

As this was strength it meant a gradual increase of resistance and effort right up until the end where we were ridiculously worn out and pushed to the limit (don’t take this as a bad thing, you should always push yourself past that point where you’re comfortable).

We varied between sitting and standing on the bike whilst continuously turning up its resistance. Although you can go at a moderate pace which suits you, in the strength class it is all about building on the effort you are applying and we rode as if we were climbing several hills increasing in size. We were in total control of how fast or slow we wanted to go but we felt compelled to follow instructor exactly and get the most out of the class.

Throughout the ride he was really motivational – shouting out ‘turn it up’ (the resitance), ‘you can do this’, ‘take it up another level’ and having an instructor like this felt very much like having a boot-camp style, personal trainer. This was probably due to the fact we'd sat on the bike facing him and couldn’t avoid eye contact.

Everyone was breathless, sweaty and exhausted. We really enjoyed pushing ourselves as we'd both agree we never reach this kind of intensity in the gym. We would recommend this to everybody who wants to improve their general, overall fitness. The calorie burn is also through the roof at around 600-700 calories.


FUN: ★★★☆☆


Have you been to a spinning class? Let us know what you thought in the comments! 

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