You’ll be in control of the resistance throughout your session. Some people find themselves tempted to overdo it, whilst others are more inclined to under-do it.
Spinning: a great cycling fitness boost or indoor purgatory?
Using too much resistance will feel like riding through concrete, and it won’t result in legs of steel. Instead, you’ll begin to rock and recruit weaker muscles in your lower back, as opposed to the glutes, quads, hamstrings and core that you should be maximizing. If you feel like every pedal stroke is a conscious effort that travels into your ankles and your lower back, then back off the resistance dial.
At the other end of the scale, if your spinning is super quick and feels almost out of control, you’ll find your lower back wiggling as you pedal, and your bum shifting in the saddle. This will do you no good, and can result in some mega saddle discomfort, so dial it up before you do your lady bits some damage!
You still need to breathe
You’re pedalling as hard as you can, the music is pumping, the air around you is hot and sweaty… but you do still need to breathe!
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Spinning can be a bit of an explosion to the senses, but don’t get so carried away with the experience that you forget the basics of, you know, survival. Your muscles need oxygen to work, so take deep breaths.
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