Looking for a high energy, heart-pumping, music-bumping workout? Indoor cycling or Spinning, is one of the most popular and best low-impact yet high intensity workouts, leaving your metabolism soaring and endorphins buzzing, long after you’re off the saddle.
With specialised international boutique studios like SoulCycle and Cyc establishing cult-like followings since 2013, it was only a matter of time before this cardio craze made its way to South Africa.
Regardless of whether you choose to turn your resistance knob or not, Spinning’s killer workout calls for the most functional gear you can get, so grab a friend and gather your cycling swag. Here are six essentials to give you a boost on the bike.
1. Padded Gloves
Whether you’re resting, doing jumps (a quick up and out of the saddle), runs, or climbs, you should never put your weight onto your handlebars during a spinning class. A pair of Gelometrics Studio Gel Cushioned gloves by G-Loves, which are made from lightweight neoprene that is breathable and contours to your hand, helps to mitigate wrist pain, hand fatigue, and slipping during your workout. This places less stress on your hands and wrists so you can focus on activating your core and legs.
2. A Full Coverage Top
While in the saddle, you’ll be hinging at the hips and leaning over for just about the entire 45-minute session. A low-cut top may distract you from maintaining a good posture and pace, so rather go for a quality sports bra or top that will keep you supported so you can burn major calories with ease.
3. Compression Bottoms
Short shorts might work for Yoga or running, but aren’t worth the bunching and chafing in a spinning class. To avoid adjusting throughout the class, opt for compression-fit gear that are tight-fitting, moisture-wicking shorts or leggings.
An elevated high heart rate causes lots of sweating, which means you’ll need to stay hydrated. Having a water bottle on hand is therefore a must. A drinking valve makes it easier to take a quick, one-handed drink that can be sealed and fit nicely back in your bike cup holder without leaking.
5. Gym Towel
Nothing cramps your style more in a spinning class than sweaty handlebars. Consider bringing a microfibre gym towel to hang over your bike’s handlebars to wick moisture away, and keep your hands in place.
6. Hair Band
No one likes their hair attaching itself to their sweaty brow. A simple, lightweight headband will help to secure your hair while helping to draw sweat away so your forehead stays dry(er).
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.