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03 August 2012

The beginner's-guide to a spinning class

Spinning classes are a super cardio workout and get you fit fast. But they can be intimidating for a first-timer, here's what you need to know before you hit your first class.

Spinning classes at the gym are a super cardio workout and get you fit fast. But they can be intimidating for a first-timer. We spoke to Fiddy Gey Van Pittius (Regional Product Specialist for Virgin Active South Africa) to find out all you need to know before you hit your first class.

  • Body Positioning (sitting or standing),
  • Cadence ( leg speed or revolutions per minute RPM) and
  • Resistance ( generally measured on a scale of 1-10 known as Rate of Perceived Effort RPE).

General fitness gear can be used but it is always a good idea to invest in a pair or two of proper cycling shorts to assist in being comfortable in the saddle.

Cycling shoes are also a great investment as your foot is placed in the best position on the pedal both for indoor and outdoor cycling otherwise normal trainers can be used.  Standard fitness tops or t-shirts can be worn although it does help to have a top which assists in keeping you cool.But a sweat towel and filled water bottle is essential when participating in an indoor cycling class.


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