Have you heard about the latest fitness craze in Singapore? It’s cool, it’s fun and it’ll make you sweaaat. It's time to get that trim and slim hot bod you always wanted with Spinning.
What Is Spinning?
Spinning isn’t about spinning balls, hula hoops or spinning in circles. Spinning is indoor cycling. Throw away your image of cycling alone in the corner of the gym, staring at blank walls or out the window. Spinning brings indoor cycling to a whole new level, with integrated music and visuals, exciting choreography alongside team spirit and the camaraderie that comes with cycling with a group of friends!
How did Spinning come about?
Indoor cycling in Singapore relatively nascent trend (the first spinning studio in Singapore was established 2005), it has already been around in the US for quite some time. The idea of Spinning, as an indoor cycling sport is first pioneered by Johnny Goldberg, a professional cyclist, in the late 1980s. The concept exploded in popularity, being named the “hot” exercise of 1993 by Rolling Stone magazine, and has since spread across America, and the world. While Singapore is a tad late to join the spinning party, the trend has certainly caught on among fitness and cycling enthusiasts. Indoor spinning give you an effective and intense workout, just as it is a fun one!
What kind of equipment do you use?
Spinning makes use of stationary bikes, which you book and then customised to your preference before the class starts. While each spin studio might use different kinds of bikes with different features, generally each bike allows the rider to adjust the height of the seat and the resistance exerted by the pedals. You might wonder “Why is this important? It’s just a stationary bike, aren’t they all the same?” However, despite being stationary bike, it is still important to spin on a bike that ensures the right kind of posture. Personalisation of your bike isn’t just about your own comfort, it’s also about staying inury free while achieveing health and fitness.
What are Spinning classes like?
Spinning classes start with a slow warm-up to prepare your muscles for the intense indoor spinning you are about to experiene. Spinning definitely isn’t like a slow ride in the park. Intensity will steadily ramp up and you’ll find yours muscles working their hardest as you work your thighs and calfs i cycles to the beat of the music. Instructors the kind of cycling done varies according to the positions of your body or the way you paddle. For example, instructors might simulate riding on a steep incline by increasing the resistance of your bike, or ask you pedal while standing. Such variations trains and tones different muscles in your body. Moreover, these variations during the exercise let you have a full and complete work out by mimicking outdoors conditions but without the harsh weather. You can almost feel calories dissipating as you spin on your stationary bike in the cycling studio.
Spinning instructors tend to be highly vocal and encouraging, and their enthusiasm is postively infectious! They’ll be right up in front of the class, shouting out instructions and driving you to keep up to the beat. Each instructor usually use their own music playlist, to suit their style of spinning and the intensity of the class. Some even customise the visuals and lighting effects of the spinning studio, to let you be completely immersed in the spinning experience. One of the highlights of spinning is it's almost nightclub-like atmosphere. This unique experential feature lets you feel the adrenaline rushes and reignites the teenage enthusism in you. If you’re always game for a party, you’ll feel right at home with the music and lights, especially when the beat drops!
Afraid you can’t keep up?
While an instructor is present to guide you along, asking you to make adustments to your stationary bikes to simulate certain conditions, it is ultimately up to you to tweak them if you feel overwhelmed. Spinning classes are open to all and definitely beginner friendly. While you might be in the same class as a hardcore spinner, you wil still be able to maintain the intensity at your own pace. Spinning with your group of close friend and family members is conceivable, unlike dance classes or kick boxing sessions where you would usually be divided according to your ability. You can now all exercise together!
Fret not if you dont have a group of friends to sign up with! Ideal of individuals, a sense of coterie and camaraderie will start to nutured during the course of spinning akin to a real cycling clique. Everyone cycles to the same rhythm and beat taking instuctions from the instructor and motivate each other to complete the workout. The rapid pumping of your heart matched with motivations from fellow spinners will push you to work yourself even harder. Gradually, beginners start to be in sync the more experienced. There’s definitely a fufilling rush that comes from cycling in unison. For one, if nothing, you'll always be reminded that you’re not alone in your struggle as you can see everyone giving the all and paddling till the last minute of each session.
Where Can I Go To Spin?
Getting more excited about indoor spinning? We’ve compiled a list of the best spin studios in Singapore, just for you. Don't wait any longer, pick a studio that calls out to you and start spinning away!
7Cycle @ Telok Ayer
Crucycle @ Tanjong Pagar
Spinning-Quest @ Joo Chiat (Now closed, updated 30th Jul 2015)
Selective Fitness @ Tras Street
Virgin Active @ One Raffles Place
Athlete Lab @ Tanjong Pagar
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