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May 12, 2012 9:37 PM
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Yes I have been taking spin classes for like 8 years. It takes time for your behind to get used to the seat. It will hurt from the
seat. I recommend getting a padded seat at a walmart or wherever you can get a bicycle gel seat. If you really get into it
You can burn up to 800 calories in an hour.


So do they allow you to change the seat on the bike before the class? I have been thinking about joining the class at my gym.


Probably referring to these slip on covers that have gel in them.

Here's the problem though, anything too soft or pliable is just going to squeeze up into areas you'd rather it not. And then there isn't anything under the sit bones anyway at that point, or minimal.

Best just to get the sit bones used to it. Don't do the class every day of course, need some variety, but may need more space of days at first too. Sit bones will get used to it.
May 12, 2012 9:54 PM
Is it true that with spinning classes,your legs get bulky though? I wanna try a spinning class but I don't want my leg muscles to get any bigger. Also, my knees get sore rather easy at times- would spinning be okay for them ?
  12471615
May 12, 2012 10:01 PM
Hi !
I remember I almost pass out at my first class!
I used to spinning a lot! I even did a spinnathon (3 hours in a row) to raise money!!
Yes you loose lot's of weight and tone ...but it is a very hard one...
May 12, 2012 10:55 PM
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Is it true that with spinning classes,your legs get bulky though? I wanna try a spinning class but I don't want my leg muscles to get any bigger. Also, my knees get sore rather easy at times- would spinning be okay for them ?


Hard spinning class is going to use up some intra-muscular fat for energy besides regular fat stores, but usually it's so intense, mainly carb burning.
You won't get bulky unless you crank down on the tension and pedal like 20 rpm, pushing like a mad woman.

Confirm the instructor helps setup the bike geometry first to confirm no knee problems.

Since you are engaging more muscles, great on the knees.
May 13, 2012 8:40 AM
Spinning does burn alot of calories. I usually burn about 500+ calories in 40-45 minutes. Since joining MFP I have lost about 30lbs, and I love my spin class!!!! LOVE IT
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May 13, 2012 9:07 AM
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I am so confused then.... The past 2 times I've gone to spin, I've worked my butt off... Totally kept up with the instructors, dripped sweat from places I didn't know produced sweat, and I have gotten <300 calories burned each time (1 hour class). My armband monitor is fantastic with every other form of exercise, but not this one. Not sure if it's my armband, or if something is wrong?

Also, I've been to some spin classes where you are out of the seat more, but my instructor today said to stay in it more. Which is better?


Staying in the saddle burns more calories - see my explanation above on watts. (I'm an instructor).

As for your calorie burn; it varies according to your effort. Remember -- what feels like a Herculean effort in the first few classes will not feel that way in future classes; ha.

As you get used to it you will be become more efficient and you will be able to work harder (if you choose).

Basically, calories is burned is a function of your RMR x METs. The larger the person, the more calories they will burn, and the harder the person works the more calories they will burn. HOWEVER, perceived exertion is not the same as actual exertion.

As an example, I have people in my classes who cannot exceed 150 watts for a class while others can easily exceed 250. Both people perceive that they have worked very hard. In reality, the person working at the higher watts has put forth more effort. Watts is converted to METs then multiplied by the person's RMR/12 to calculate calories burned, therefore if a 200 lb person and 100 lb person each work the same watts, the 200 lb. person will still burn more calories. Again, there is a link to the formula in my post above if you're interested.

blessings.
May 13, 2012 9:10 AM
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Is it true that with spinning classes,your legs get bulky though? I wanna try a spinning class but I don't want my leg muscles to get any bigger. Also, my knees get sore rather easy at times- would spinning be okay for them ?


Um . . . no.

I've been an instructor for 8 years, so you can trust me.

BTW -- lifting heavy won't make you bulky either.
May 13, 2012 9:13 AM
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Is it true that with spinning classes,your legs get bulky though? I wanna try a spinning class but I don't want my leg muscles to get any bigger. Also, my knees get sore rather easy at times- would spinning be okay for them ?


Hard spinning class is going to use up some intra-muscular fat for energy besides regular fat stores, but usually it's so intense, mainly carb burning.
You won't get bulky unless you crank down on the tension and pedal like 20 rpm, pushing like a mad woman.

Confirm the instructor helps setup the bike geometry first to confirm no knee problems.

Since you are engaging more muscles, great on the knees.


YOU WILL NOT GET BULKY NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO IN SPIN.

In fact if you put the tension down, and pedaled faster, you would be going anaerobic and that would in fact burn muscle, not add muscle.

You cannot add muscle by doing intense cardio activity. Cardio does not build muscle.

Even if you lift heavy, it is hard to get bulky. Why do you think guys cheat and take steroids? Because they can't bulk naturally, even with their testosterone and best efforts,

I wouldn't worry about bulking until you get to 300# squats . . .
May 13, 2012 3:02 PM
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Is it true that with spinning classes,your legs get bulky though? I wanna try a spinning class but I don't want my leg muscles to get any bigger. Also, my knees get sore rather easy at times- would spinning be okay for them ?


Um . . . no.

I've been an instructor for 8 years, so you can trust me.

BTW -- lifting heavy won't make you bulky either.


I only asked because someone who I was in the gym with mentioned how after she did spinning for six months, her legs got bulkier and bigger; therefore she had to go up a pant size even though she lost weight .. Thanks for the info!

Also, do you remeccomend talking to the instructor about my knees problems and if there is something different I should do during spin, or just give it a shot *
  12471615
May 13, 2012 4:51 PM
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Is it true that with spinning classes,your legs get bulky though? I wanna try a spinning class but I don't want my leg muscles to get any bigger. Also, my knees get sore rather easy at times- would spinning be okay for them ?


Um . . . no.

I've been an instructor for 8 years, so you can trust me.

BTW -- lifting heavy won't make you bulky either.


I only asked because someone who I was in the gym with mentioned how after she did spinning for six months, her legs got bulkier and bigger; therefore she had to go up a pant size even though she lost weight .. Thanks for the info!

Also, do you remeccomend talking to the instructor about my knees problems and if there is something different I should do during spin, or just give it a shot *



Regarding the woman at the gym; I am skeptical. Perhaps she is a genetic outlier. Perhaps she's unaware of how much she eats. I've never seen a serious cyclist (think people riding Tour de France) with bulky . . . . anything. Have you? Certainly those people spend a lot of time cycling . . .

Regarding your knees, pinning is non-impact on the knees, so you should do fine. I personally have had chondromalacia since the age of 11 and spinning and cycling are activities that I choose because they are good for my knees. You would also find that rehab for knee injuries is exercise on a stationary bike.

That being said, I would warn against standing on the spin bike with low resistance, not because of impact, but because you would lose control and possibly have some lateral movement that could hurt them.

Of course it never hurts to explain your situation to an instructor, and of course, if something hurts, don't do it.

blessings.
May 13, 2012 6:07 PM
Try spin. Go for 30 minutes at a time. Sit down and spin the wheels if you get tired. Stand up through some of the song, sit down when you get tired. When they play that same song at the next class, try to stand up longer.

Don't NOT go. You should try it. Go at your own pace. I promise you no one is watching. When I spin, it's me and the music. Tell the instructor you're new, and they'll give you the same advice.

Don't let it scare you. Try the class three times, then you'll be crazy like the rest of us.
May 13, 2012 6:12 PM
totally agree! I'm addicted to spin class. Its definitely for everyone as you are in control of your own intensity. I found it has really helped with my running as well. I'm training for a half and my stamina and speed is amazing since I started spinning. Go for it! It is so much fun!
May 13, 2012 6:28 PM
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I am so confused then.... The past 2 times I've gone to spin, I've worked my butt off... Totally kept up with the instructors, dripped sweat from places I didn't know produced sweat, and I have gotten <300 calories burned each time (1 hour class). My armband monitor is fantastic with every other form of exercise, but not this one. Not sure if it's my armband, or if something is wrong?

Also, I've been to some spin classes where you are out of the seat more, but my instructor today said to stay in it more. Which is better?


Does you're HRM have a chest strap too? Perhaps your arm band isn't registering because you are not doing as much arm movement (if you don't have a chest strap). I generally burn between 450-500 in an hour class. I don't know which is better (sitting or standing more) but I know I prefer more standing exercises although a good sprint or seated climb is good every once in a while too!
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May 13, 2012 6:31 PM
Yes! Spinning is great for everyone! I love Spinning. Burns a ton a of calories and is really fun. It doesn't matter if you've been sitting on the couch for years or if you run marathons. It will push you to work your hardest at your current fitness level. You have complete control of the resistance. You'll build up endurance and strength fast for sure . A good instructor makes it or breaks it, in my opinion. Find a good instructor and you're golden.
Edited by avecviolet On May 13, 2012 6:32 PM
May 13, 2012 7:00 PM
I'm a certified Spin instructor as well and I have to agree with the majority..Spin is for everyone (beginner, intermediate or the most experienced)...What I tell anyone new to my class or new to exercise is to just go at your own pace and resistance..if we're standing (which we do most of the ride) and you cant just sit and keep pedaling..yes your butt will hurt but once you get used to the seat and standing it wont hurt anymore..I've had people walk out of my class 15mins and 30mins into it and thats fine, come back and add a little more time to it until you can last the entire 60mins..you just have to build stamina up like you do any other cardio exercise..I agree to arrive early so your instructor can assist you with setting up your bike and the best level for you

good luck
May 13, 2012 7:10 PM
I accidentally went to my first spinning class (the other class I wanted to do was full....the front desk girl asked if I wanted to do Spin, and I groaned and agreed) and I am SO HAPPY i did! Spinning offers so much more than other classes did for me.... I could feel so amazing pushing myself to the limit or taking it easy and imagining I was riding down a French roadway like Lance Armstrong.....
What I love most about it is that I can control how hard I work. According to my gym, the heart rate for training is sorta low for me, my heart rate tends to get higher than it should for fat burning, so I like that I can control how hard I work to keep my heart rate where it should be. Otherwise I'd be panting in some Zumba class and my heart would be beating too fast..... the last thing I need is more muscle.....
GO TRY SPIN. YOU WONT REGRET IT.
  21365615
May 13, 2012 7:12 PM
Thanks everyone, you have convinced me to try it!
May 14, 2012 6:42 PM
I started doing Spin 3 or 4 weeks ago and love it. I did go to Walmart and bought a $16 bike seat. It has memory foam and helps. Some wear the bike shorts with the cushion in it the butt area but I don't have any of those. It is worth every penny. I love the calories I burn in those 45 minutes, lately just over 500.

Good luck!
  92978
May 14, 2012 7:59 PM
i go to spinning twice a week and love it! i look forward to it and never miss a class. i think it is something that everyone can do - it's certainly low impact, but i would just say to take it easy at first. the instructor will talk you through the changes in resistance and speed, and until you get the hang of it, just maybe only increase the resistance and speed every other time or something. i do think anyone could do it, but i am in really good shape and it totally destroys me every time. the other nice thing is that you can make it really hard on yourself if you want, which is what i love to do!
  3439209
May 14, 2012 8:04 PM
and regarding the bulky thing - it's really, really hard for women to get bulky. i lifted weights heavy every day in college as a collegiate athlete and did the stairmaster for no less than 30 minutes every day, not to mention softball practice all the time. i ate A TON because i was hungry all the time. i was overweight and bulky - my biceps were 12" and 14" (my right arm has always been bigger - i was a pitcher!). that's what you have to do to get bulky - don't worry about this. it's rare and you have to really work very hard to do it. i lift all the time now and i bet i couldn't lift 75% of what i did then. plus i probably eat 1/2 as much.
  3439209
May 14, 2012 8:20 PM
I'm a cyclist (mostly mountain biking) and Spin Class keeps me fit all winter long and on bad rain days. I went to class 2 or 3 times a week and rode a Spin bike 1 or 2 additional days and progressively increased cardio fit and dropped or maintained my ideal weight. I use a heart rate monitor for every class and watch my HR on my phone as a guide to ensure I'm not cheating myself or working too hard. Since I compete I tried to stay near my max HR for an hour at least once a week then recovered the next class or Spin ride. During race season Spin also helps for sprint repeats to increase my overall speed. I typically burn 800 to 1200 calories an hour and feel no pain after like running did to me. Simply mix push ups, sit ups, planks, squats, or any other strength exercise in towards the end for a few minutes to tone other areas and you got a great plan.
  16526431
May 14, 2012 8:25 PM
Forgot to mention, Spinning or cycling develops great looking calf muscles, for you women that wear high heals, this will show off those legs even better.
  16526431
May 15, 2012 8:03 AM
Going to my first spinning class today so I was just reading this post to see what people were saying.

I'm a physical therapist, so I know a little about knee pain and exercise. Just because spinning isn't a high impact activity doesn't necessarily mean that you can spin your heart out and not worry about your knees. The key is to make sure that the bike is the right fit. If the seats too high or too low it can add stress to your knees. Even if your feet and the pedals aren't in good alignment this can impact the knee as well. Spinning is great for range of motion and strengthening the muscles around the knees therefore stabilizing them and making them stronger. Pain is a funny thing and when you feel it...listen to it! Check your alignment. Especially when standing and pedaling make sure your hip, knee and ankle are aligned. Obviously everyone is different but these are just some suggestions to minimize any future injury.
  12435114
May 15, 2012 8:04 AM
I love spinning. One of my friends lost almost 100 pounds, and she says she owes a lot of her success to spinning.
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August 23, 2012 2:37 AM
Hi been reading all these posts and I'm still really confused, I went to my first spinning class on Monday and I'm in utter pain! On the Tuesday my knees were sore and today my tops of my legs are aching so much I actually feel sick! The top of my legs are so tight I can't walk right I can't bend my knees without wincing in pain! I've tried stretching and pulling my knees up which works for a while then the tightness starts again. I just don't know what to do! I've been out and about walking and doing housework and having a 3 year old around but just can't shift this tightness. I've also used deep heat on them but it doesn't even touch the pain.... Any ideas?
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