Spinning is one of the best ways to get in shape and lose weight because it has the potential to burn huge amounts of calories. But did you know there are tricks you can use during class to burn even more calories?
Below, you’ll learn how to maximize your spin class to burn more calories and get in even better shape.
If you’re like most people, during transitions between songs you might sit back in the saddle and take a much-needed break, but keeping your heart rate up throughout your workout on your indoor cycle is important.
Rather than sitting down, keep your heart pumping at the same level by pedaling through the break. Even if you’re too tired to go at full speed, every little bit helps.
Crank Up the Heat
If you have access to a heated place to take a spin class, this can help you burn even more calories than usual. Hot classes are becoming more and more popular, so see if you can find one in your area. By simply turning up the temperature during your ride, you can burn 1,000 calories in a little under an hour.
Adjust Your Resistance
Without resistance, your ride won’t be worth it because it won’t burn nearly as many calories. It will also make it hard to increase your endurance, strength, and power. If you up your resistance by just 10 percent on hills, jogs, and sprints, you’ll burn 10 percent more calories. This can really add up over time!
Feel the Pain
If you aren’t truly testing your limits in terms of what you can do during class, you won’t burn as many calories as you could. In fact, you should work hard enough that you feel like it’s nearly impossible to complete the hard parts of the workout. Increase your resistance rather than decreasing it, even when you’re tired.
Not only is bouncing hard on your joints and liable to cause injury, but if you do it you’ll burn fewer calories. This is because when you stay closer to the saddle, you use your muscles more which in turn helps you burn more calories.
Hydrate and Eat
One simple way to improve your spin workout is to make sure you’re hydrated and well fed. If you’re dehydrated or hungry, you’ll feel sluggish and won’t be able to achieve as much as you would if you’d eaten and drank. If you’re feeling extra motivated, run or bike to class to add another calorie-burning element.
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