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What is spinning?

 

You may understand what a spin bike is, and have seen rows of bikes lines up at the gym, but what actually happens in a spin class?

Well, for the uninitiated, spin bikes are simply indoor cycles, that closely resemble standard road bikes. The words ‘spin’ bike, or ‘spinning’ bike are registered trademarks, so are not descriptions sellers of indoor bikes can use without permission. That isn’t to say that indoor cycles, not described as ‘spin’, which are widely available, are of less quality, or provide less of a workout.

You standard ‘spin’ class will involve a motivational gathering, led by an instructor. They will lead the class through an imaginary ride, telling the class when to rise from the saddle as they approach a theoretical ‘hill’, when to accelerate and when to slow. Of course, the coach will work the class through a warm up and cool down period as well, but the main benefits people fond are that it can be greatly motivational to be pushed to your limits by the class leader, and some element of competitiveness can shine through, pushing motivation higher.

Of course, the class member will ultimately decide what level of ‘torcher’ (enjoyment) they will reach, as they will determine their effort and resistance levels, although the leader will encourage the class the move up and down through resistance levels during the workout.

The classes normally last between 30 and 60 minutes and are brilliant for those wanting a push, or as a good replacement for road work during the bleaker months!

Those who are looking for a more solitary experience can of course replicate this type of workout at home, with your own exercise bike. You would just need to bring your own motivation and imagination to make the experience as enjoyable and varied as possible.

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How to avoid injury

Even top Olympians and Premiership football stars need to stretch before training; it’s a basic requirement to help ensure you can steer clear of injury.

Of course, some injuries are unavoidable, but pulls, strains and ‘tweaks’ can be avoided with some simple precautions.

You should always look at your exercise as a three stage process. Warm up – Exercise – Warm down.

Warm up

You can increase blood flow around the body, to increase flexibility of the muscles and muscle tissue, allowing free movement and reducing the possibility of wear and strain.

You can start your warm up with some very simple aerobics, such as light jogging for 5 or 10 mins on the road or treadmill. Then move onto some stretching. Again for 5 or 10 mins, concentrating on the correct areas.

Finally push the limits with some three quarter workouts, such as short sprints etc.

Exercise

You should now be ready for your fitness exercise or competition.

Warm Down

Once complete, don’t forget to warm down. This can replicate the first two stages of the warm up, i.e. simple aerobics and stretching. This will allow the muscles to slowly cool and relax, again avoiding injury.

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What does the average Olympian think about health, wellbeing and nutrition?

With an amazing 65 medals in total, including 29 Gold’s, out team GB really did perform fantastically at the London 2012 Olympics. To only be beaten by China and the USA on the medal table is a real feat for such a relatively small country!

With the games still in our mind, have you ever wondered what an Olympian thinks about health, Nutrition and lifestyle that gives them the edge?

Well, we can all learn from these guys, so whether you exercise ‘punishment’ is to pound on your treadmill or sweat on your cross trainer or exercise bike, this same thought process and help improve your performance and wellbeing. Even if you know you will never be stood on the podium blasting out the National Anthem, or crying with joy as would more likely be the case!

Recently NBC published a great video where they asked top US athletes what their thoughts were. Its definately food for thought!

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