Build Your Endurance with Spin Classes
Many of us are reluctant to take our training inside for the winter, especially on the bike. But, there are many benefits to attending spin classes in the off-season!
Here are the top five reasons to add a spin class to your winter workout schedule:
#1 Clear Feedback on Your Performance
Most spin bikes have a screen to display your watts and revolutions while you pedal. The new Keiser spin bikes at YWCA even have an app you can download to record your performance over a single spin session and compare previous workouts. Tracking and improving your power output over the winter will keep you focused and have you in good cycling shape when spring arrives.
#2 More Control
Any rider can challenge their own limits by varying resistance to simulate hills, incline or to build power on a straight away. These practices translate perfectly to being outside and bringing power to the road.
#3 Low Pressure Environment to Try New Things
Take this pro tip from Kelly Trom, second place winner of this year’s YWCA Women’s Triathlon: “Use spin classes to practice clipping in and out of your pedals and holding an aero position. There is no pressure for newbies in a safe and friendly environment.”
#4 Build your Base for Spring
If a fun and motivating spin class gets you out the door and on a bike in the winter months when you might otherwise stay home cozied up, you're improving your fitness. Ultimately, any time you’ve spent on the bike will pay off come spring.
#5 Find your Crew
A spin class is a great place to meet other cyclists, triathletes and recreational riders. The person spinning next to you at 6:00 am over the winter may be a great riding buddy once the weather allows for outdoor excursions.