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Indoor Cycling Class Ideas

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author image Doug Hewitt
Doug Hewitt has been writing for over 20 years and has a Master of Arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He authored the book "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are coauthors of the "Free College Resource Book."
Indoor Cycling Class Ideas
Indoor cycling classes offer cardio workouts without the dangers of riding in the streets. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Overview

Indoor cycling classes are exercise classes that employ stationary bicycles. Because it is a class, there is a coach or instructor who leads the class. The instructor can lead the class through a routine with different stages of a bicycle ride, which can include going uphill with increased tension on the wheel, riding on a flat road with a steady cadence, to pedaling fast downhill. An indoor cycling class offers a way to burn calories and get a low-impact cardio workout.

Sensory Input

An indoor cycling class that appeals to the senses can make the class more enjoyable. Upbeat music stimulates the sense of hearing and can provide an upbeat cadence to the workout. Another idea is to accentuate the visual. Someone could videotape an actual bicycle ride through the countryside and play the recording on an indoor video system or project it onto a screen so that everyone in the class can watch the ride and emulate it on their stationary bicycles.

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Accessories

Proper accessories help make an indoor cycling class safe and enjoyable. For example, water bottles will help prevent people from becoming dehydrated. A pair of towels will come in handy, with one towel for keeping handlebars dry and a second towel for wiping off sweat after the workout. Comfortable workout clothes will help prevent constrictions from clothing and keep the indoor cyclist comfortable. Shoes that have stiff soles can help prevent soreness in the feet.

Preparation

Instead of showing up at the indoor cycling class just as it begins, arriving a few minutes early for preparation helps to make the exercise more enjoyable. Stretching muscles before the workout begins is a good idea, no matter what the exercise. It’s also a good idea to check out the stationary bike for the proper fit prior to hopping on and starting the class ride. Even if it’s the same stationary bike that was used last week, someone may have used it in the interim and changed some of the bike’s dimensions. For example, the height of the handlebars and the seat are two adjustments that typically should be made prior to the start of class. These adjustments help the rider to maximize the workout and make the ride more comfortable.

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