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Is spin class similar to long distance road biking?

Asked by GMO (44 points ) May 17th, 2009
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Girl_Powered's avatar

Less chance of road rash.

Tobotron's avatar

not long distance, long distance would be pumping out about 90 miles and cruising the entire way at 15–17mph at least thats what I’ve done on cycling holidays…spinning classes are usually about an hour and they move between low tempo – high tempo cycling, out the saddle, in the saddle etc. You’l probably cover 10–20 miles in a class and your told what and how to do each stint by the instructor at the front…personally I dont like it, you cant beat real cycling and the real adrenaline of racing your mates over a long scenic ride :)

casheroo's avatar

Like @Tobotron said, it’s not the same at all.

I love spin classes though. My studio does Spin & Strength classes, and Spin and Yoga. Both go so well together.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

They’re a great workout, but not the equivalent of long distance cycling. They are more like interval training over a short road course – I’d say a 60-minute spin class is around the equivalent of a 16 to 18 mile road ride, depending on how hard you crank down the resistance.

It’s not really like road cycling, either. The instructors I’ve had tend to put you in awkward, inefficient riding positions in order to work muscle groups. For example, when you get out of the saddle on a road bike, you want to move your shoulders forward to keep your back flat. Spin instructors like you to move your butt back and get low, isolating the glutes, but killing your lower back. You could not ride that way on the road for very long.

Training for distance is a different animal altogether. Interval training is about strength and speed, not endurance. While it helps – you need those abilities to conquer hills and headwinds – you have to work up to longer distances by following a program of increasingly longer rides. It must include rest days, and cover things like eating on the road and improving the efficiency of your position and technique.

Bottom line: spin is a good thing to do in the winter, but it doesn’t really train you to be a cylist. You need a bike with two wheels to do that.

emeraldisles's avatar

I did 20 miles in a Tabata interval style spin class the other night and got a good cardio workout. I’m hoping to learn how to bike outside.

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