07 Jun How to Get the Most Out of Your Spin Class

Ever since celebrities began tweeting about their love for SoulCycle, spin classes have become one of the most popular workouts at any gym. In one 45-minute class you can burn between 400-600 calories, so if fat burning is your goal then spinning is the workout for you. In order to get the best results, you need to do more than just show up.

Mark Capelin, founder of Tribe Social Fitness, says that even if you come out of class dripping in sweat, you might not be getting the results that you want to see. There are a number of factors which come into achieving your fitness goals in a 45-minute class. Without knowing it, you could be making a number of mistakes that are costing you your workout.

To make sure you are getting the best workout possible, here are Mark’s top 5 ways to get the most out of your spin classes.

  1. Check Your Posture

Like all exercise, you’ll get the most out of your workout when you keep your posture in check. Most people tend to tense up in their upper body so ensure your shoulders are pulled back and there is some distance between your shoulders and your ears.

  1. Wear the Right Gear

You don’t need to wear padded shorts like some suggest but you will need a pair of shorts that stay put. Opt for a pair that won’t ride up during class. It should have just enough stretch to enable movement. We find the ladies are more comfortable in a pair of tights.

  1. Optimise the Calories You Burn

When the instructor asks you to sprint, set the gear at a resistance whereby you can really feel the burn in your legs. Sprinting at a low gear does not burn many calories, however sprinting at a higher gear is a huge opportunity to really get your calorie count up.

  1. Don’t Forget Your Core

Most riders will use their handle bars for balance but the handle bars are there for support, not to lean on. Engage your abdominals to keep yourself balanced and upright.

  1. Spin Bikes are Not Like Your Road Bikes

If you’re prone to knee or leg injury, take note. You want to position your knees so they are slightly extended. Ensure you can still put pressure when you are riding down on the pedals.

Mark Capelin is a former Cronulla Sharks player, and founder of Tribe Social Fitness in Taren Point. Mark hosts spin classes at Tribe Social Fitness where him and his team focus on music selection and educating gym-goers on pedal speed, resistance level and technique. For more details visit Tribe Social Fitness.