Spin Training

Written by Sierra Rein
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Spin training is one of the most popular types of fitness exercise, as well as one of the most intense. Traditionally, "spinning" takes place at a gym or fitness class under the guidance of an instructor who tells a group of cyclists how fast to pedal, in what position, and under which level of resistance. These options are combined together in various ways to simulate uphill climbs, downhill sprints, and straightaway long distance journeys. Most people who go to spin training enjoy the exercise for its high calorie burn rate, challenging pace, and the way it focuses the mind.

Because it burns so many calories in an hour, many people use spin training as their main method of cardio work and weight loss exercise. However, without cross training, people can develop large thighs and weaker hamstrings, buttocks and inner thighs. A combination of spin training and resistance training is essential to provide full physical balance. Injuries can also be experienced in one's knees, lower back and hips if too much emphasis is placed on spinning as the main means of exercise.

The Proper Gear to Have for Spin Training

To be fully prepared for a spinning session, use shoes with stiff soles rather than soft ones; otherwise, your feet may become numb. If your hands tend to sweat, wear biking gloves or place a towel over the handlebars to prevent sliding. Another towel can also be kept handy just to wipe of excess facial and body sweat. Finally, always have a large water bottle handy to keep yourself fully hydrated throughout the 45-minute to hour-long workout.

Of course, you must also be provided with a professional spinning cycle machine, one that can be adjusted to your individual height and handle measurements and has a knob to change the level of resistance with a few twists. Most gyms offer complete professional spinning cycles for at least 30 people at a time. However, anyone who wishes to create his or her own spinning experience right at home can do so by purchasing an electronically-controlled training machine with a number of spin training programs already installed. These programs can put their riders through intense resistance and long distance exercises, or be placed on manual mode to allow individual control.

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