What to Expect from Your First Spin Class | Part One

What Spin Class Should I sign up for?

Spin Class Pt1

Growing up, I was never a big fan of “exercising.” In fact, I was that kid in high school that walked the whole mile. Yup. I’m allergic to exercise. However, by the time I hit College, my metabolism started to catch up with me and it finally clicked that …hey I probably should exercise..or something. I use to just hit the gym and run on the treadmill, but honestly I just got bored. I mean..15 minutes on a treadmill was a huge victory. phew. Then, I found Spin. I joined a local 24 hour fitness right after I graduated from College ($12/month membership fee? Thanks Costco! Sign me up!) The first time I took a spin class I was completely out of my league. I felt lost among the sea of regulars who even brought their own spin shoes to class!

Although I was overwhelmed, I was completely enchanted. The 50 minute class flew by and I was addicted to the music driven, adrenaline pumping class. Six years later, and I’m still excited to my 6 AM spin classes and look to it as my main form of exercise. Looking back at my first class – I would have love to read some type of guide, so I had some idea of what I was getting myself into. So I compiled a fairly comprehensive four part guide to Spinning. This should cover the basics from what type of Spin Classes are out there, what to wear to your first spin class to a general overview of your bike.

First things first – Let’s do a brief overview of different spin classes you can sign up for. The two most popular ways to take a spin class is either through a Big Box Gym or a Spin Studio. I’ve been to my fair share of spin classes at big box gyms (ie. 24 Hour Fitness, Sport & Health, and Equinox) as well as boutique spin studios. Here’s the biggest take away…Spinning Classes at big box gyms are NOT the same as Spin Studios. Here’s why…

Big Box Gym Spin Classes Whether you’re going to a budget gym (24 hour fitness) or a fancy gym (Equinox), the classes are generally run in the same fashion. The only difference from gym to gym is the quality and upkeep of the spin bikes and their sound system. These classes are meant to be introductory classes and they’re a great way for you to get acquainted and comfortable on a bike.

Spin Studios Once you get the hang of riding an indoor spin bike and want to up your game, go try out a spin studio. Once you try a spin class at a studio, you’ll leave breathless, legs a little shaky and totally addicted. For me, the best part of the workout is the incorporation of music. I definitely get energized by the music and what makes these classes so addicting is that the moves go along with the beat of the music. So you have the sensation of “dancing” on your bike instead of working out. These classes are a little intense, but what’s great about spin classes in general is that YOU decide how hard you want to work. I’ll cover this in further detail later {see part 3}, but the bike’s resistance is determined on a little red knob. So you are in control of your workout.

Within these classes, the instructors typically include more advanced moves such as jumps, presses, and touchbacks. {See Part 4 for a summary of various moves}.

To further drive home the point about the difference between Big Box Gyms and Spin Studios, I did a little experiment. I found out a local instructor taught at both my favorite Spin Studio and the local Equinox. So, I took both classes to see if there was truly a difference between the two (even when the class was taught by the instructor). When I took the class at the local spin studio, it was a high-paced class filled with jumps, presses, and tap backs {more on this in part 4} that I’ve become accustomed too. However, when I attended the same instructor’s class at Equinox – it was more reserved and kept to the basic uphill and downhill track meant to mimic riding a spin bike on the open road. Point being…you’ll get a different experience out of your Spin class depending on if you go to a spin class in a big box gym spin class vs a spin studio. Although, I would recommend going to a big box gym spin class to just get your feet wet, it’s not to say you can’t start off at a Spin Studio. Just don’t be discouraged if you feel lost during your first class. It’s to be expected. Just give it your best effort and have fun!


Make sure to check out the rest of the series down below:

2 thoughts on “What to Expect from Your First Spin Class | Part One

  1. Pingback: What to Expect from Your First Spin | Class Part Two | from cali, with love

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