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Spinning - A Fun and Effective Fat Burning And Muscle Toning Exercise

This article presents a summary of what spinning is and why it is so effective at helping people lose weight, tone, and get in shape.† The basics of what to expect at spinning class are covered.

In the late 80s, two cyclists, "Jonny G." Goldberg and John Baudhuin brought a method they had used to train for rigorous bicycle races to the general public. They opened what they called a "Spinning Center" in Santa Monica, California. Soon their "invention" became so popular that they had to develop a separate program to certify spinning instructors.

So, what is this immensely popular program for losing weight and getting in shape? Picture yourself on a specially designed stationary bike that recreates the vigors of real-life biking up and down hills. In a spinning class, the instructor has you visualize an outdoor biking program while motivating music plays in the background:

"There's a hill coming up, speed up as you approach it. Now you're going the hill. Itís a long hill but you feel great. You can begin to see the top and now get excited about the descent..."

As all of this is happening you are also receiving instruction about changing your pace and moving the tension on the wheels up and down to fit the "story". Itís a combination of visualization, music, and aerobics that creates this unique experience.

Spinning brings the fun of outdoor activity inside to the aerobic studio.† In fact, many who enjoy outdoor activities turn to spinning when the weather is bad or it is dark out.† In addition, spinning allows people of different skill levels to be together in one place, where biking or running outdoors usually leads to separation and the loss of the group experience.†

Why spinning? Here are some reasons:

1. Spinning burns about 500-700 calories per hour

2. Spinning will bring your heart rate into a perfect zone.

3. Spinning workouts tone areas of your body that you may be targeting, such as the quads, thighs, and butt.

4. Spinning is not difficult and does not require a lot of coordination.

5. You can match the tension and pace to your own abilities and level of fitness, no matter how fast others are going in the class

There is very little equipment to buy to begin spinning. You should definitely bring a water bottle and a towel, because you will sweat. Some people prefer to buy biking shoes or lose fitting sneakers for their classes. Basically, howeverFree Articles, anyone of any age and any fitness level can try this wonderful activity that will promote weight loss and put you in the best shape of your life.

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