On this Fit Friday, we take a look at spinning with Charlene Blacksher of Mercy Fitness Center.
Here's what she told us, "Spinning is an organized indoor biking class.
In order to get started, you have to be set up on your bike to avoid injury. This is done prior to your first time. It only takes a few minutes, but it is very important to avoid injury. Your legs at full extension should only have a 5 degree angle and when your knee is over your foot in front, the knee should be in line over the top of your foot.
The great thing about spinning is that anyone can do it. The beginners can spin with people who have spun for years. Spinning is done based on heart rate, or level of perceived exertion. Everyone works at there own pace. You make it as easy or as difficult as you want.
The fitness specialist instructs the clients to ride a course with a variety of hills, curves, and bumpy terrain. It is done to music. The instructor uses a variety of music so that all members are provided with different genres.
What makes spinning popular is the music, the motivation the instructor provides, and commitment to others and to the class. It's fun. It's a great cardio workout. You get out of it exactly what you put into it.
I personally believe one should spin at least 3 times before they decide if it's for them or not.
No equipment or attire required, but if you get hooked, a lot of people invest in spinning shoes and biking shorts."