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How to Get Ready for Your First Spin Class

Published in How To on Nov 17, 2016

There is probably a reason why you’re feeling a little bit nervous about going to your first class. Maybe it’s the amped instructors. Or the collection of avid cyclists in the first row. Or maybe you are prone to forgetting your locker combination and you’re panicking a little bit. First thing to know about your first class? It’s all going to be fine — great, actually! Read on to find out how to make the most of your first class.


Cycling 101

1. Get there early
Most studios suggest that if it’s your first class with them to get there at least 15 minutes early. This way you have to time to get acquainted with the studio layout (find your lockers, the bathroom, the water fountain), figure out how to set up your bike, and ask any questions you want.

2. Set up your bike
Remember when you got to the studio early? This is why. Setting up your bike incorrectly can ruin your experience. If your bike is too low or too high, it will cause knee pain and general discomfort. If your seat is too close to or too far from your handlebars, you won’t be able to do the choreography in class. You’ll also feel awkward. Be sure to ask a studio employee or an instructor to help you set up your bike to fit your body.
Also, check your shoes! If it’s your first time clipping in, ask to be shown how to clip in and out.

6. Go at your own pace
There will be moments when you will wonder, “What’s going on right now?” And that’s ok! If it’s your first class, you will probably hear terms you’re unfamiliar with. If you feel a little lost, feel free to go at your own pace. The choreography is optional. We’d recommend grabbing a bike toward the back so that you can follow along with the riders in front of you.

7. Take a break whenever you want
If you feel like it, sit down, grab your towel, and drink your water. No one is going to judge you.

8. Have fun
It’s not about being perfect, it’s about the feeling. Enjoy yourself!

3. Introduce yourself to the instructor
Instructors like to know who is new in their classes so that you feel comfortable as a rider. Pop up and say hello before class, and if you have any questions after class, feel free to ask!

4. Hydrate
Drink some water before class starts. Staying hydrated is very important as cycling classes are usually high intensity and you will be sweating. Take small sips throughout class so that you can keep going, plus this will help prevent any cramping.

5. Find your towel
You’ll want to use this to wipe the sweat out of your eyes. Some people also like to put this across their handlebars so they don’t get slippery.



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