This week, we are moving from the treadmill to the bike for an interview with one of my favorite blogger’s, Janae!!
Janae blogs over at Hungry Runner Girl (funny that I have her talking about Spin class, huh?) and is just coming back from injuries to both of her femurs!
If anyone knows the importance of cross-training, she would be the one!!
I, personally, am excited about this week’s edition since I have never taken a spin class myself!
However, I hopefully am putting one on my schedule soon with Cara and now thanks to Janae, I know just what to expect!
1. Give a brief overview of the class.
I teach spin and it is the best workout out there (beside’s running of course My classes are 45 minutes long and include hill climbs, sprints, intervals, isolations and obviously a lot of fun
2. What equipment, if any, do you need for class?
Just a spin bike! Clip in bike shoes help but are not necessary. I need a microphone, music and a positive attitude:)
3. Do you have to be at a specific fitness level to take the class?
NO!!! That is the best part about spin is the fact that any level can come to the same class and everyone will enjoy the same benefits! You are in control of your tension by turning the dial on your bike. This way you can choose your own level!!
4. What is the biggest fitness benefit gained from this class?
Cardiovascular health. It is great to build up your heart strength and muscular endurance. Plus, like any fitness class you have the opportunity to meet other health nuts
5. What is the hardest aspect of this class?
It is tiring and you want to quit at some points but you just gotta keep going if you want to get stronger and more fit!
6. Why do you recommend this class as a fitness workout?
It is easy on your joints and anyone can do it! The atmosphere is fun and it burns a lot of calories. It is great cross-training for people that are training for races and it can be done 12 months of the year!
6. What are the pros of this class?
I kind of answered this in number 7 but a few more would be that the class flies by, it is in the dark so you don’t have to worry about being a sweaty mess, the music is motivating, it build’s muscles and people that can’t run because of pain can usually do a spin class!
8. In your opinion, does this class have any cons?
If you don’t want to build up your leg muscles, this may not be the class for you.
9. If you have any specific injuries should you not take this class?
If it hurts your knees, hips, back or anything else talk to the instructor to help you set up your bike correctly, if anything continues to hurt than talk to your doctor!! I can’t think of a specific injury but anything serious that you should not put any pressure on should probably keep you from doing spin.
10. How many times a week would you recommend taking this class to reap optimal benefits?
2-3 would be perfect!
11. How often should someone adjust their weight levels/resistance levels/speeds levels (if applicable) in this class?
I tell my class to strive for improvements every three weeks.
12. If continuing the class on a regular basis, how long is expected until progress and results can be seen?
I would say you could see physical results within a month of taking spin classes and really pushing yourself to work hard in class:) You will see mental and strength progress each class!
13. If you rotate this class with one other fitness class in your workout schedule, which other class would you recommend?
I would recommend a pump class. Strength training is KEY in any exercise program!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Workout Wednesday and a big thank you to Janae for participating and sharing her instructor knowledge of spin with us!!
Stay tuned next week for another edition!!!
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