Burning calories and getting a good cardiovascular workout do not have to be boring. Cycling is an excellent way to do both, but it is not always convenient for people. The weather, daylight or lack of equipment may restrict some from biking outdoors. Stationary cycling classes are designed as an indoor alternative and can provide many fitness benefits.
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Most indoor cycling classes are equipped with modern stationary bikes that are fully customizable. The seat and handlebars can be adjusted to fit your legs and arms. You can also control the tension or resistance on the bike, depending on your level of fitness and how challenging you want the workout.
Indoor cycling classes are led by trained instructors. You do not have to think about what type of workout to do because she will have the workout pre-planned. Instructors are specially trained on how to use the bikes and how to help you get an effective workout. Most instructors will also choreograph the class to music, so you get the added bonus of motivational songs.
Because you are indoors, stationary cycling classes eliminate any wind, cold or rain, and you can participate year-round. You also do not have to worry about uneven terrain, darkness or traffic. The stationary bikes allow you to adjust the tension to simulate hills, so even though you are not moving, you can still get the benefits of riding outdoors with a change in elevation. Plus, you have the camaraderie of a group environment to keep you motivated.
Indoor cycling classes can increase energy, cardiovascular fitness and lower body strength. Depending on how fast you pedal and the amount of resistance you have on the bike, your heart and lungs will benefit, as well as your gluteus maximus, hamstrings and quadriceps.
Stationary cycling classes will also help you burn fat and calories. Many stationary bikes come with heart rate monitors so you can gauge your pace to ensure you are in your optimal fat burning zone. In a 60-minute class, you have the potential to burn 500 calories.