Spinning instructor and GB age-group duathlete Sam McClary explains how a spin class can give you all the benefits of a turbo session but with the added benefit of an instructor and a fun, sociable environment.
“Spinning is a lot like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it. But haters only hate it because it’s tough. Tough is good. A spin class provides 45-60 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT), widely regarded as one of the most effective training tools.
“Short sharp bursts of sprints and hill efforts interspersed with active recovery and longer intervals to test strength and endurance all help to push your lactic acid threshold, annihilate fat, burn calories and build muscle.
“Given the right instructor and the right set of tunes, you’ll push yourself harder than you do on the road. There’s no need to fear the bonk, as if you empty the tank, as you are not going to be stranded miles from home.
“Classes can also be modified for each individual as the resistance you add to your bike is linked to your own personal rate of perceived effort. Eight out of 10 may look very different for the new spinner and seasoned cyclist but it will feel exactly the same for both riders.
“And finally, spinning is just as good for your head as it is for your body. Pumping tunes, like-minded people, an entertaining yet punishing instructor, and maximum effort all combine to provide the only addictive substance allowed in cycling – the natural high of endorphins.”