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April 29, 2012 1:30 PM
http://www.livestrong.com/article/447738-is-spinning-better-than-running/

I say yes..lol..but i am biased as a Certified Spin Instructor. Some people love to run and I don't have a problem with that. Spinning and cycling (outdoors) are my fitness loves.
  10357231
April 29, 2012 1:35 PM
They compliment each other. I do both but enjoy running and real cycling better; spinning is my biking fix in the winter.
April 29, 2012 1:38 PM
Totally agree with you, I can burn 425 cals in my AM spinning class which is only 45 mins long... this includes warm up and cool down!
  2626551
April 29, 2012 1:45 PM
Running & outdoor cycling > spinning!
April 29, 2012 1:47 PM
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Totally agree with you, I can burn 425 cals in my AM spinning class which is only 45 mins long... this includes warm up and cool down!


Based on that running is definitely superior - I burned 878 cal last Thursday in 57:46.78 minutes running (not including the warm up & cool down) laugh laugh
April 29, 2012 2:07 PM
Depends where your running, I've heard a lot of damage being done to your knees. While biking can help your knees. So in a non-calorie related way I'd definitely vote biking/spinning
  21560728
April 29, 2012 2:09 PM
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Totally agree with you, I can burn 425 cals in my AM spinning class which is only 45 mins long... this includes warm up and cool down!


Based on that running is definitely superior - I burned 878 cal last Thursday in 57:46.78 minutes running (not including the warm up & cool down) laugh laugh


I typically burn 1200 or so teaching a 60 minute class.
  10357231
April 29, 2012 2:12 PM
According to my heart rate monitor I burn more calories spinning than running in an hour. Spinning is usually 800-900 and running is about 700-800. Both with a warm up and cool down.
April 29, 2012 2:13 PM
I typically by 1050 in a 55 minute class including 5 min warm up and 5 min cool down and stretch. Spinning reigns supreme to me.
April 29, 2012 2:13 PM
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Depends where your running, I've heard a lot of damage being done to your knees. While biking can help your knees. So in a non-calorie related way I'd definitely vote biking/spinning


You've been misinformed. The knee damage myth has been perpetuated for so long it's become conventional wisdom. There''s a solid body of research that has proven that runners do not suffer any more osteoarthritis in hips & knees than the general population. It's true that running is contraindicated for those who are severely overweight but that's a function of the weight not the activity.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1948208,00.html

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/28/134861448/put-those-shoes-on-running-wont-kill-your-knees
April 29, 2012 2:14 PM
Depends on your body. If you have bad knees and weak ankles, the bike is a great way to exercise.
  7905241
April 29, 2012 2:14 PM
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Totally agree with you, I can burn 425 cals in my AM spinning class which is only 45 mins long... this includes warm up and cool down!


Based on that running is definitely superior - I burned 878 cal last Thursday in 57:46.78 minutes running (not including the warm up & cool down) laugh laugh


I typically burn 1200 or so teaching a 60 minute class.


I do spinning 4 to 5 times a week - MFP gives me 429 cal for 60 min -???
April 29, 2012 2:15 PM
Why choose? Go for both! All things don't hinge on the calorie burn. Each activity offers benefits that can compliment the other. Like some others here, I prefer riding a real bike outdoors which offers another set of benefits as well. I am a huge believer in variety and cross training so just enjoy some of all.
  5809008
April 29, 2012 2:15 PM
I did enjoy spinning when I was a child. I would look at the ground and spin for a minute or two and then walk around all dizzy.
April 29, 2012 2:18 PM
I find indoor cycling to be extremely boring. I'd much rather run outside, bike outside, or even run on a treadmill. That said, anything that gets people off their couches and sweating is a good thing :)
  6493686
April 29, 2012 2:22 PM
I'll say I love running outside much better than indoor cycling but I think I probably expend more energy (calories) in the spin class I've attended. It's 30 minutes of spinning and 30 minutes of kettlebell. I'm totally spent after that one. I can't say I love it but it doe what it intends to do. Burn calories and increase fitness.
April 29, 2012 2:27 PM
Anyone try Real Ryder spinning class?

Beats any other spin class out there. it simulates and out door ride. This is the class I take at my gym and I cant ever imagine going back to regular spinning. The bikes move side to side and you can burn up to twice as many calories. not to mention they are sooooo much fun!!!

One of our instructors also incorporated weights into the mix. His class made Self Magazine top workout classes in the nation.

Check out a video of the class

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJL373mKbmQ
April 29, 2012 2:30 PM
ahah im the same i love spin,l im a spin instructor too. but i also run. i get a fairly similar calorie burn, however i sweat a heck of a lot more teaching my classes!
April 29, 2012 2:31 PM
I love Spinning! 2 years of spinning helped elevate my fitness level and endurance abilities to the point where I was able to run. I doubt that walking alone would have done that much. Lately I have been incorporating more running into my routine, just as a cross training option. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. The combination is fantastic!!
  6214796
April 29, 2012 2:32 PM
I say whatever workout you enjoy so you will actually DO the workout is best! We're all different and like different workouts. If you
Iike both spinning and running, alternate so you don't get bored. I have friends that do workout videos, which are great workouts, but I get bored and don't like them, so they aren't a good workout for me. I have to do what I like and what's best for me. The most important point is that you are burning calories!
April 29, 2012 2:35 PM
I always wonder how others seem to have this huge (1000 cal +) burn during a spin class. I work hard when I go to spin class, but I'd say on average I burn about 450-500 cal. during an hour class. I really don't think that others are working that much harder in order to burn TWICE the amount of calories, or more. Any explanation?
  3519825
April 29, 2012 3:51 PM
I depends on your weight and also what you are doing in the class. My claases involve squats ON the bike as well as push-ups (between 350-500 per class) ON the bike. A 220 pound person going the same speed and doing the same movements as a 110 pound person will burn twice as many calories.

As a teacher I notice that my students dont go as hard for the full 60 seconds especially during SQUATS AND PUSHUPS..LOL. Ialso have to get them to climb ALL the way up the hill.
  10357231
April 29, 2012 4:05 PM
Just sayin'...
http://www.spinning.com/en/file/download/tinymce_file_browser/99/Keep_it_Safe.pdf
April 29, 2012 7:02 PM
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I always wonder how others seem to have this huge (1000 cal +) burn during a spin class. I work hard when I go to spin class, but I'd say on average I burn about 450-500 cal. during an hour class. I really don't think that others are working that much harder in order to burn TWICE the amount of calories, or more. Any explanation?


Often the numbers are overestimated due to a combination of thermal stress and imprroper HRM setup.
April 30, 2012 1:06 AM
IMHO The best form of exercise is one which you enjoy, you can do properly and fits in with your lifestyle.

Arguing the details over calorific burn, muscle gain, muscle wastage, potential injuries etc is largely a waste of time. If you have an exercise that you enjoy, stick with it. If you have an exercise program that you dislike change it until you find something that you do enjoy. If you don't currently exercise, pick something you think you might enjoy and get out there and do it.

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