World-class cyclist “Jonny G” created the aerobic activity referred to as Spinning. Goldberg as a convenient and quick way to train for races. In 1989, he and John Baudhuin opened the first spinning center in Santa Monica, California and then developed a program to certify other spinning instructors.
Spinning is an aerobic exercise that takes place on a specially designed stationary bicycle called a spinning bike. Performed as a class, you pedal while motivating music plays and the instructor talks you through a visualization of an outdoor cycling workout. “You’re going up a long hill now, you can’t see the top yet…” During the class you adjust your pace. Emulating hill climbing and traveling down hill, you are sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. This exercise helps you to focus inward and to work on your mind and your body.
Spinning burns a great many calories. Usually about 450 calories are burned in 45 minutes, plus spinning offers an awesome aerobic workout that gets your heart pumping fast. It also tones your quadriceps (front thigh muscles) and outer thigh muscles. Spinning doesn’t involve a lot of coordination making it easier to concentrate on your form than in other types of aerobic classes. Even though you follow the instructions from the spinning teacher, you are in control when it comes to your pace. You can finish a spin class, regardless of your fitness level, simply by adjusting your pace or the tension knob on the bike.
Your confidence will soar as you complete class after class. As I said this exercise works on the mind as well as the body. It’s a great way to keep your workout fun and exciting, you never know what is going to happen in the class, uphill, downhill, fast or slow, it will keep you in shape for all the absolutely wonderful things in life that are out there to enjoy.
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