Thanks to a boom of spinning studios opening across the country, spinning classes are an absolute must-have at your local gym. But what are the benefits of going to a spinning class over other types of cardio, and just how many calories do you burn during a class?
In case you hadn’t heard of them yet, spinning classes are usually at a gym or spinning studio in a room with stationary bikes and an instructor leading the class. There are different types of spinning classes, such as endurance spinning, classes incorporating upper body work – and even hip-hop spinning.
The Benefits Of A Spinning Class
Without doubt, one of the many benefits of spinning is that it’s easy on your joints. If you have joint issues, spinning may be a better option than running or other forms of high-intensity cardio.
Spinning is also an enjoyable form of cardio. Riding all together in the studio, wheels spinning, can make you feel like you’re part of a team, plus, the music pumping loudly creates a party atmosphere. With all of those endorphins flying around, it’s no wonder people get addicted to spinning classes!
Many people like to be pushed and motivated by other people, which spinning classes are well-known for. Sure, the instructor will be cheering you on, but you won’t want to be put to shame by the other spinners around you. With the recent release of Wattbikes, you can even race against your fellow spinners using a computer program – and there’s no way you’ll want to be at the back.
The Disadvantages Of Spinning
Using spinning as your main form of exercise is great for burning calories, but not ideal for growing or maintaining muscle mass, which is important for overall health. Use spinning in tandem with a weight-training workout regime for the best results.
You might find that you don’t have the time for a 60-minute spin class, which is one of the disadvantages. However, there are shorter classes of around 30 to 45 minutes, plus, because it’s so much fun, it’ll be over before you know it.
Calories Burnt Spinning
Spinning can be a low- or high-intensity cardio – depending on how hard you work.
The following table shows an approximation of the number of calories burned for someone weighing around 10st, during a light, moderate or vigorous spinning workout. You’ll know how hard you’ve worked by the end of the class!
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Take Home Message
Spinning classes are perfect for those who have joint issues and also for those who love the social aspect of exercise. However, including weight training in your workout regime is important for growing or maintaining muscle mass, plus, it can increase calorie burn after exercise. Use spinning classes as an addition to your workout regime, rather than just spinning classes alone.