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Be Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New // Indoor Cycling for Beginners

Be Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New // Indoor Cycling for Beginners

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Be Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New // Indoor Cycling for Beginners
Be Brave Enough to be Bad at Something New // Indoor Cycling for Beginners

About to clip in and tap it back the first time? So exciting!

Did you know that indoor cycling has been around since the early 90s? This incredible fitness phenomenon is continuing to grow and gets hotter by the day. As a certified cycling instructor for the past two years (currently teaching for Flywheel Sports), I often get asked what a class is like. Whether you are looking for a structured regimen, wanting to switch up your fitness routine or you love to bike outdoors but weather conditions aren’t looking too hot, this is a fantastic sweat party to go-to!

What is indoor cycling?

Indoor cycling is a highly effective cardio and strength workout. In just one 45 or 60 minute class, you can burn anywhere from 600-800+ calories if you follow your instructor’s guidance. Intense, right? Riding a bike to incredible beats and getting stronger during it all? Amazing! Not only will you be workin’ up a sweat, you'll also strengthen your glutes, calves, quads, hamstrings and core. Indoor cycling has also been proven to decrease body fat and body mass index, and helps improve overall cardiovascular function.

Before you get in the saddle, here's a few things you may want to know about CRUSHIN’ your first class!

  • Reserve your seat ahead of time once the booking window opens. Do not be afraid of the front row! In fact, I advise my new riders to sit in the front row. This way they get a first-hand glance as to what I am doing and coaching on the podium. It may also motivate you to work harder.

     
  • You'll want to wear clothes that ensure you feel comfortable throughout the ride. Moisture-wicking leggings and tops will help you stay cool throughout the ride. I always recommend riders to avoid wearing overly bagging clothing. There is nothing worse than trying to stay focused when you’re worried about your leggings falling down (I’ve been there!).

     
  • If you do not have your own shoes, do not worry. Most studios provide them or have them available for a small fee. I suggest calling in ahead of time to confirm.

     
  • Bring a water bottle filled with water. Some studios have water fountains, but it is best to always come prepared.

     
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes early. This will allow you plenty of time to put away your belongings, get comfortable on the bike and get assistance with the bike settings. If you happen to run into the instructor before class, let them know if you’re a newbie. Instructors love having new riders!

     
  • Once the ride starts, know that everything the instructor asks you to do is optional. It is easy to feel obligated to try it all, but instructors generally will not expect you to follow everything they say 100%.

     
  • It is okay if you are off-beat at first. Some have natural rhythm, others do not. Sometimes it takes time to get there. Totally okay.

     
  • Pay attention to your form on the bike. Incorrect form can lead to injury. If you have questions about form, I recommend sticking around after class and chatting with the instructor.

     
  • Remember that you came for a reason. Challenge yourself and allow yourself to take risks. I always say that working out is about balance. Push yourself, but don’t take it TOO far at first where you end up feeling sick or physically hurt.


Have fun! The entire experience should be a PARTY!

XO,
Pegah

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