Feeling intimidated by the thought of indoor cycling? Brush those fears aside – everyone’s been a first-timer once.
Indoor cycling is a hugely rewarding activity. It’s an easy win for a toned torso and overall health. At Abbeycroft, we want to do all we can to help you settle into indoor cycling straight away! So read on for an overview and some helpful tips.
If you’re considering indoor cycling, then chances are you already know the answer to this one. But for the uninitiated, indoor cycling is a high-energy, vigorous group exercise class.
The workout itself is akin to cycling, but conducted on a stationary bike. Our instructors will set the pace and keep everyone motivated with pumping tunes and exhilarating disco lighting!
The most important thing to consider is your hydration levels. You are going to sweat. A lot. Be sure to drink plenty before the class and stay topped up throughout. It’s also a good idea to eat a light snack about an hour and a half before your workout.
To reiterate the sweating point – it’s worth bringing a towel. There’s no feeling worse than not being able to mop your brow, particularly when it reaches your eyes.
It’s best to wear comfortable, breathable clothes that aren’t likely to weigh you down. There’s no need to don your typical cycling garb – padded shorts, jerseys and cycling shoes aren’t necessary. Your normal trainers will do just fine.
We would suggest arriving 15 minutes early so our fitness instructors can help you. But if you’re running a bit behind, here’s best practise for setting up your bike:
You’re ready to roll! Here are just some handy tips to help you throughout the class.
You are in control of the resistance of your bike. The instructor is there to guide you through, but don’t feel that you need to be going ten-to-the-dozen like the person next to you. You know your limits.
This is a jog or sprint in a standing position. It can be quite challenging for beginners, so if you find yourself struggling, it’s absolutely fine to sit down or slow down.
Indoor cycling comes with its own language (take point 2 as an example). You’ll pick it up pretty quickly, but until that point, it’s okay to have a look and follow what others are doing.
Not to hold you up. Your abdominals need to hold you in place when you’re in standing position.
The tempo of the class will alternate. If you get to the end of a sprint and find you need a while longer to catch your breath then that’s fine.
You’re going to have a great time – promise!