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Make it count! Getting The Most out of your Cycling Class | The Arena Club

Posted by Kim Kellagher on December 4, 2017

Whether you are new to indoor cycling or an experienced spin addict, here are a few tips to help you get the most benefit and enjoyment out of your cycling experience.

First, get to class a few minutes early (if you are brand new, an extra few) to allow the instructor to help you get set up correctly on your bike and give you a brief overview of how the bike works and some of the terminology you will hear during class.  If you are brand new, introduce yourself and make sure to mention any issues (back, knee, hip etc) that might require a slight alteration of a “typical” bike set.

Make sure you bring water, and a towel, and your cycling shoes if you have them.

As you set up on your bike, make sure you can see the instructor as this will give you a visual reinforcement of his or her audible instructions. 

Try to come to class well hydrated, and have a light snack about an hour before class if possible.  This will help properly fuel your workout and stave off the dreaded “bonk” (also known as “hitting the wall”). 

Always remember, it is YOUR class and YOUR ride experience, so don’t hesitate to back off on your gear, slow down, or take a break when you need one. 

If you have any special health concerns or physical issues, let the instructor know.  He or she can make sure you are set up for maximum safety and effectiveness. 

If you are unclear about a cue, or what the instructor is guiding you to do, ask!  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification - it will improve your ride and the resulting outcome of your cycle experience. If you are unclear on something, odds are you are not the only one.

Lastly, enjoy the ride.  Cycling is personal—ultimately you are the only one who can determine how hard you work and how successful you feel leaving class.  As instructors, it is our job to give you a fun and challenging format that leaves you feeling energized and ready to take on whatever else comes your way!

Hope to see you soon in our BRAND NEW cycle studio….it’s gonna be a blast! 

Kim Kellagher

Kim Kellagher

Kim is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who has been with The Arena Club when it started out as Harford Health & Fitness in 1991. Kim's certifications include: TRX Suspension; Reebok and Schwinn Cycling; BOSU; Barre; Kickboxking; Les Mills: GRIT & Sprint; Trigger Point Myofascial Compression; MORR Certified Sport Performance Coach, and Olympic Weightlifting. Kim has participated in running, cycling and triathlon events and enjoys time spent outside hiking and kayaking.