The weather in Northern Wisconsin is positively miserable. It’s been below zero (think -27, not -5… my gosh we live in NORTHERN WI, it takes arctic chill before we flinch much) for a few days now. I decided my Thursday night class needed a tropical ESCAPE to warmer climates!
Here is the playlist we used to spin our way through the Caribbean and Mexico! Add in an inflatable palm tree, fun disco lighting, and some frozen “drinks” (Crystal Light Mocktails) post workout and it was just the vacation we all needed!
Here’s the playlist! This was probably one of my favorite classes so far!
The benefits of spinning are many. Cardiovascular fitness is one of the most obvious bonuses to sweating it out for 60 minutes on the bike, but don’t forget the rockin’ leg workout that you will also receive! Spinning activates large muscle groups in your legs making them stronger and more shapely. Your calves, hamstrings, and quads will find themselves being called to duty in order to climb those hills, sprint, and jump during class. Other muscles such as the gluteus maximus and medius are activated when your push forward at the top of your pedal stroke. This is very good news for gals like myself who are always looking for a way tone (Read: drastically reduce) the size of my bum. 🙂
Obviously leg strength is crucial to success in so many activities and sports and the of benefits of strong legs include:
1. Better support for your whole body
2. Better balance
3. Reduced risk for lower leg and back pain
So what other muscles does a spin class work exactly?
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It burns an enormous amount of calories in a short time period. A 30-minutes spin workout can burn up to 500 calories. (Of course, it may vary according to a person’s weight and height)
Heart and lung health. Spinning involves interval training where your heart rate varies throughout the workout which helps increase your endurance and burn more calories. Also, you learn to control your breathing throughout the workout, therefore your lung capacity increases which can help with coping with stress and anxiety off the bike.
It builds muscle. Since your legs are constantly moving throughout the 30 -50 minute workout, it doesn’t take long to notice a difference in muscle tone in the lower half of your body.
Work more than just your lower body! Your abs, back, and upper body will also be called into action during a spin class. Read more on this here.
Split participants up into pairs. For this boot camp one member of each pair will be jump-roping until their partner completes the number of reps after each exercise in parentheses! When the partner completes the required number of reps for each exercise then the pair switches! If its nice where you live you should do this outside, but this can be done inside too!
Whether you call it Skipping, Rope Skipping, Jump Roping or Rope Jumping…it is a great activity to help fight Heart Disease, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, and Osteoporosis while improving strength and fitness.
#1: Mountain Climbers (25)
#2: Fire hydrants (30 each side)
#3: Push up jacks or reg push ups (25)