First-Time Rider? Spinning Tips for You!

Spinning Tips: Riding Positions

Credit: Clearly Ambiguous

In Spin class, you don’t have to worry about tipping over! Credit: Clearly Ambiguous

It is important in the Spinning program to work on form and fluidity. Eliminating unnecessary movements will maximize the efficiency of the workout and leave the rider energized instead of fatigued. The Spinning program focuses on five core positions:

Seated Flat: Sitting down with hands close together on the flat horizontal part of the handlebars

Seated Climb: Sitting down with hands wide on the horizontal part of the handle bars

Standing Flat: Standing up with hands wide on the horizontal part of the handle bars

Standing Climb: Standing up with hands on the vertical part of the handle bars

Jumps: Transitions between seated and standing positions while hands remain wide on the horizontal part of the handle bars

Spinning Tips: Riding Form

1. Form focus. Always stay in control and focus on form and smooth transitions.

2. Right resistance. There should always be some resistance on the pedals. Familiarize with all movements at a moderate pace before attempting to increase speed.

3. Stay still. Excessive upper body movements on the bike can be unsafe and should not be used in a Spinning class. A few of the movements to watch out for include push-ups, twists, crunches, shoulder drops and cornering.

4. SOS! The last and most important tip is don’t be afraid to ask for help. All certified Spinning instructors will be able to assist in setting up the Spinner bike properly and to ensure proper form for all riders.

Who’s ready to Spin?! —Erin

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  1. Amy Height says:

    What a great resource! Thanks for sharing – spinning can be a little intense when you first start, and there’s nothing that kills a workout buzz more than intimidation! These are some great steps for feeling at ease (and ready to get sweaty!).

    I love the feeling of riding in a pack in spin class: there’s very much a ‘we’re all in this together’ element to it! Do you find that? It’s so motivating! 🙂

    Best songs for spin… your thoughts?

  2. Sharon Kilmer says:

    I wanted to try spinning years ago and decided to start on the bike in the gym and work my way up to the class but stopped because I bruised myself severely in the seat area. What is the best thing to do to prevent this? I want to try it again. I don’t know If I should get a seat cover or padded shorts. I’m worried the seat cover won’t fit all seats. Thanks!

    1. Jenn says:

      A seat cover totally helps, but PROMISE, that after a few times, your lady parts get used to it and it doesn’t get as sore. I know that those first few times really leave the seat area tender, but hang with it! Definitely give yourself a few days off to heal up though before going again. 😉

      —FBG Jenn