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GET INTO A SPIN

From studio spin sessions to home training set-ups, Hannah Ebelthite has all the advice you need to make a stationary bike your new fitness partner

A beginner’s guide to INDOOR CYCLING

REMEMBER THAT RICKETY EXERCISE BIKE your parents bought from an ad in the Sunday supplement? Indoor cycling has come a long way since then. A stationary bicycle is now an advanced and versatile piece of fitness equipment, for beginners and athletes alike. Whether you prefer the gym, a class or the comfort of your own home (and whether you’re used to cycling outdoors or you’re nervous on the road), there’s something for everyone. Options span super-trendy studios that are like nightclubs, virtualracing videos, bikes that measure your energy output and equipment that lets you use a road bike indoors. Here’s why going nowhere is really going somewhere!

INDOOR CYCLING CLASSES

Think cycling class and you probably think ‘Spin’, the proprietary name for the high-energy, high-sweat group classes set to music that first gained popularity in the early 1990s. Most gyms and leisure centres will have a dedicated group cycle room offering their own version of this model.

THE SPIN BASICS

You can alter the height of the bike’s seat and the reach of the handles to suit your anatomy. They’re like fixed-wheel track bikes, so although you can’t just stop pedalling, you can vary the resistance. An instructor leads the class, coaching you through a session where you’ll be encouraged to increase your pace as the music builds, as well as your intensity by adjusting the resistance on your bike.

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