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Group Cycling Classes at Locker Room Health & Fitness Club
Group Cycling classes can be an amazing workout! It’s low impact and can be adjusted to provide participants with seemingly unlimited intensity levels. The Locker Room Staff of Fitness Professionals are pleased to provide our members the opportunity to participate in group cycling classes – sometimes called “spinning”.
“Spinning is” is a copy written name belonging to “Mad Dog Athletics’, the company that now owns the rights to the original cycling program created by Johnny G…Like most things, ”spinning” has been adopted and often used as the name for Group Cycling classes, regardless of the origins of the bikes or certification program facilities provide. In our case, our instructors follow: “Schwinn, Reebok and Keiser” training certifications, and are therefore described as trained “Group Cycling” Instructors.
Your first experience with a Group Cycling class may have been many years ago, when we first had our Reebok bikes in our cycling room. The classes were well received and popular with both men and women. We have now purchased brand new beautiful Louis Garneau indoor cycling bikes and moved the program into our air conditioned Group Exercise studio, located upstairs in the club.
If you have never been a participant in Group Cycling, you may wonder what to expect and how to get involved. Rest assured, it is an easy process, and like all our programs our Group Cycling classes will follow the club policies for safe, effective programming and are designed based on our motto: “Fitness with Fun! Fitness for Life!"The truth is, an indoor cycling class can be an intense cardio workout — one 45-minute class can burn upwards of 500 calories! — What a great workout!
Before you come to class, there are things you will need to know. For starters, the padded shorts and cycling shoes some people wear to class may make it seem intense and exclusive. The addition of awesome music and an excited animated instructor help raise the “What the heck is this?” factor. No worries, the following information will help you blend in and feel right at home!
What to wear Since you will be sweating, choose moisture-wicking clothes with good breathability. Regular athletic shoes (AKA sneakers) will do fine — there's no need to invest in cycling shoes or padded cycling shorts until you know the class is for you. Of course, even then it is still an option. Comfortable, breathable workout wear is great! Bring water and two small hand towels to class; throw one towel over your handlebars and use the other to wipe the sweat off of you during class. Yup! You will want to do this…you WILL sweat during class! The club has a few small towels on site, and will make them available to you during Group Cycling class, but you may prefer to have your own. We have a refrigerated water fountain to top up your water bottle(s) before class, and bottled water for sale in the lobby. You WILL want to have water during class. Each bike has a water bottle holder on the cross bar, just check to see if yours fits properly before class. J
When to arrive Members may reserve a bike for a specific Group Cycling class as early as 24 hours before the class begins. To do so, you may phone the club -798-8220- or check in at the front desk on site and ask the staff to reserve you a bike. You will be asked to arrive at least 5 minutes early for class to set up your bike, with a 5 minute grace period given for later arrivals to class. No-shows will default their space to those on the waiting list.
If you are attending your first class, arrive 10 minutes early and go up to the studio. This will allow you time to talk to the instructor and get help setting up your bike. Not having your bike set up properly can result in unnecessary lower back, knee, or shoulder pain and that’s not the way Group Cycling should feel. Once you know how to properly set up your bike, you will be “good to go”!
What to expect The instructor will guide you through the workout, telling you when to increase or lower resistance, pedal faster, and rise or sit. Classes will provide you with a warm up and cool down phase. You'll be guided through climbs, sprints, and muscle isolations with intermittent lower-resistance pedaling during cruising periods. There's high-energy music that keeps you moving for the entire class, and you'll sweat — a lot. Remember that you are ultimately in control. If you need to alter the instructions to make it through the class, go ahead and decrease the tension. As time goes on, you'll be sure to build up your strength and endurance! Group Cycling is fun and it’s back at Locker Room Health & Fitness Club!