Going to your first spin class may seem daunting, but don’t worry, I have what you need. You are probably feeling some anxiety mixed in with excitement and swirled around with adrenaline.
Your first spin class will be lots of fun and it will make you sweat.
Before you step into the class, let’s get you properly prepared mentally and physically.
Don’t allow the regulars to make you nervous
When you go to a spin class, you will find a mixture of regular spinners and beginners. The regulars have probably been doing spin classes at least once a week for months or even years. Do not let them discourage you. They were all beginners at some point.
Arrive early and set up your bike
Spin classes are popular and if you are late, you may not find a bike. More importantly, if it is your first time, you should arrive early so you can set up your bike. You will need to adjust the height of the saddle as well as the position of the handlebars to suit your body. Ask the instructor for help if you struggle.
Remember to take water and a towel
A spin class is a hot and sweaty business. In most classes, there will be fans or aircon, but despite this, you will still be sweating a lot because of the intensity of the exercise. Bring water so you can stay hydrated and a towel to keep the sweat out of your eyes.
For your first class, normal gym clothes are good enough. If you enjoy it and continue, you may want to consider buying cycling shorts or padded shorts for a more comfortable class on the saddle. The same goes for shoes.
You will find that the bikes may have clip-in pedals, but you don’t need to have cycling shoes. Normal gym shoes will do. As a side note: ladies, make sure you wear a good sports bra.
Pace yourself and start slow
Your excitement and the high-energy music and crazy instructor may make you feel like you want to go full-out right from the start, but that is a mistake. Most classes vary from 30 to 60 minutes of high intensity cycling and if you start too fast, you won’t make it to the end.
Engage your core and breathe
Two of the most important things to do when you are doing a spin class is to breathe and stabilize. When you keep your core tight, it helps you to stay stable on the saddle and not put extra strain on your shoulders and wrists. Breathing is super important as it is with all types of exercise. Keep breathing! You are now ready to take on your first spin class with confidence and energy. Remember to enjoy and have fun!