Sometimes when I talk to people about indoor cycling classes, they say they would never want to go to a class because they think sitting on a stationary bike having someone tell you what to do is the most boring thing ever. What do I have to say? Either they are closed minded or they have not had a good instructor!
Here are the reasons why I love indoor cycling classes, and why you should too!
You Sweat Like a Beast
There are some people who don’t like to sweat when they workout, but I question if these people actually like to workout. I LOVE after I get done with a workout that I broke a good sweat during. It makes me feel like I worked my hardest and my body is cleansed. There has not been one indoor cycling class that I have not left drenched in sweat!
Low Impact Cardio
With my hip pain I have been dealing with ever since Boston Marathon 2012, I needed to find a good way to get my cardio in. Cycling was the first thing that came to mind since I really don’t enjoy swimming. I decided to get the new client deals for all of the indoor cycling studios in town and eventually I fell in love. Indoor cycling was a great way for me to get a low impact cardio workout in when I couldn’t go running!
You Strengthen Your Legs and Core
Indoor cycling builds your leg strength in so many ways. Hill climbs and sprints work different types of muscles as well as your endurance versus your speed. Each class has a different sequence to it too which means your body is always building up the strength in different ways. In addition to working your legs, if you have proper form, you will work your core too! There are some classes that I really make an effort to focus on how I engage my core. Give it a try and you will notice a difference in how you cycle during a class!
It’s like a Dance Party on a Bike
When you are riding outside, it is more difficult to listen to music. It is also dangerous to listen to music while riding outside because you are unaware of your surroundings and could get hurt!
I think most people find motivation in music to work harder but also just have some more fun. Some indoor cycling classes are more dance like than others, but even the ones that don’t include push ups, tap backs and what not are usually choreographed to the beat of the music. Hearing a good tune while trying to sprint up a hill climb during class really does provide me some more motivation!
Make New Friends and Build a Community
If you end up going to a studio enough times or just are involved in fitness classes enough around town, you start to see familiar faces. A lot of the cycling studios are really involved in making their clients feel like they are part of a their community and it always feels nice to be part of something like that.
You Become a Better Road Cyclist
While I was training for the Pan-Mass Challenge, I found it difficult to get outside for rides during the week. My solution was to go to indoor cycling classes pretty much every day during the week. Towards the end of my training, I saw a significant difference in my hill climbing strength and endurance. Dave said it was really amazing how much I improved. When we started riding together, he would crush me on the hills. But not long after I started increasing my frequency of indoor cycling classes, he was eating my dust!
Questions for you
Do you like indoor cycling? Why or why not?