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What really happens in a Spin class?

Whether it’s a non-stop Saturday morning or you’re trying to pack a workout into the after-school run, there’s never enough hours in the day… or are there?

If you’re looking for an all-out cardio blast that can take up as little as 30 minutes of your time, Spinning could be the way to go.

It’s a group indoor cycling class that focuses on strength, speed and endurance and the choreography is designed to work and tone every muscle group in the body.

Sounds great on paper but we know plenty of people are intimidated by the idea of stepping foot inside a Spin studio for worrying about whether they’ll be pushed too hard or the fact they’ll be the newbie.

Here’s the lowdown of what you can expect in your first Spin class (plus some handy hints to help you get through the door and onto a bike):

You won’t be there for hours

Trust us, you won’t be pumping away at those pedals for 90 excruciating minutes. Most classes are around 45 minutes and that’s not too terrifying, right?


The music will occupy your mind

Go into Spinning with the right mind-set and it can feel like a giant (pretty sweaty) party – Spinning is an energetic session full of upbeat music, usually with the lights down low so you can be in your own world for at least half an hour. Sounding good now isn’t it?

Try a few instructors before you commit as each one will have a different style and playlist – you’ll need to find one that’s to your taste.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie

Worried about getting your feet locked into the pedals correctly? Wondering how high your seat should be, or where your arms go? You’re not on your own.

The instructor will show you how to set up your bike and will give options to match your own fitness level, allowing you to properly personalise your ride – just make sure you get to class a few minutes early!

Dress the part – it gets sweaty!

Spin studios are full of people who are working hard and it gets hot in there. Make sure you wear breathable clothes to make your workout far more comfortable and enjoyable.

And don’t forget to bring a towel!

Keep hydrated

Spinning is sweaty work (see above), so having water with you is essential. Take small, regular sips during the workout to replace lost fluids – it’ll help you keep going for longer and should prevent you from cramping up.