Get Your Spin On!!!

October 3rd, 2018


If you are looking to try a new workout that will not only boost your endurance but will also shred hundreds of calories, maybe you should look into taking one of our popular indoor cycle classes. Cycle is challenging, fast-paced, and a fun Granite Falls fave.


How Does Cycle Class Work?

In a cycle class, you pedal along on a stationary bike as the instructor guides you through a visualization of an outdoor workout. The pace and speed will vary throughout the workout, sometimes requiring break-neck speed, and other times pedaling happens from a slow, standing or “out of the saddle” position. If you’ve never been to a cycle class, don’t be intimidated, everyone has been a beginner at one point or another. But here are a few tips for you to make your first class more comfortable.


First Of All, Nobody’s Judging You.

It can always be intimidating to go to any new workout class. What if I don’t know the lingo? What if I don’t know how to use the equipment? Am I wearing the right outfit? Am I really expected to keep up? Don’t get worked up about it, cycle class is fun and everyone is supportive. Plus, it’s dark inside the room and everyone’s focused on their own ride.


Go Ahead, Ask questions. 

If this is your first, second or even third time in the cycle class, don’t be afraid to ask the instructor questions. Instructors can help you figure out the best seated position for you on your bike, including how far your knees should extend during a cycle rotation and even how to adjust the handlebars for workout comfort. Our instructors want you to have fun and have a great workout, so take advantage of their expertise.


You’re In Complete Control.

For the first few classes, it may be hard to keep pace—that’s normal, and still happens when you’re a regular. Just so you know, if you’re struggling, it’s absolutely fine to bring your hand down to the resistance knob when your instructor tells you to and…not actually turn it up all the way… the instructor won’t know. Besides, you’ll eventually get stronger and crave the challenge.


Snack Smartly Before Class.

Showing up to class after a heavy meal will obviously make you feel sluggish and gross. But did you know that riding on an empty stomach means you’ll run out of steam too fast?



Spinning makes you sweat. A lot. So hydrate with at least 16 oz. of water at least an hour before you start a class. And then bring a water bottle with you! Also be sure to remember lots of water when you’re done as well.


Bring a towel. 

If all goes well and you’re in the zone, all that sweat will probably be dripping down your face and over the handlebars of your bike. A towel can help remedy that during lulls in intensity.


You WILL Burn Calories.

Spinning gets a lot of street cred as one of the best calorie-blasting exercises, and not without good reason. Depending on factors such as weight and the intensity of your workout, a single one-hour class can help you scorch about 400 to 600 calories.


Don’t Forget To Stretch After

Your hip flexors may feel a wee bit cranky when you disembark your bike. You could feel your calves whimpering for a reprieve. Or your shoulders, despite your best efforts to keep ’em calm, are a bit peaked. So do them all a favor and give ’em a good stretch after class. Your body will thank you.


We really hope you try a cycle class here at Granite Falls. Be sure to download the class schedule and, because Cycle Classes are so popular, you’ll need to reserve a seat in whatever class you choose. You can do that online or get help at the front desk or Fitness Office.