Spinning: the indoor workout where you get on a bike and pedal until you’re sore. Chances are you’ve heard of it before. But you might not know why it’s so popular, or, for that matter, how it’s such an effective activity.

To some people, spinning sounds like nothing more than 40 minutes of hell-on-wheels. But it’s an incredibly good exercise, and can be great fun to participate in.

So keep reading to learn why spinning makes for a great all-round workout.

                     Spinning together

In a spinning class, you’re working with a room full of people. With this comes a real feeling of being in it together. You’re all working towards the same goal, giving 100%. Sweating and burning and panting as a team!

There are added benefits of working out in a class environment, as well, which include increased motivation and accountability.

Taking cycling as an example. Some people may find it much easier to cycle as part of a group than on their own. So right away there’s less motivation required to actually get up and do the exercise.  However, the accountability of being part of a group (that sense of guilt you feel when you miss a lesson) is motivation in itself. So in the end there’s less motivation required, but more motivation provided, by working out with other people.

The overall effect may be that getting yourself to a spinning class is much easier than getting out on your bike by yourself.

                   You’ll push yourself

Spinning is intense. No matter what level of fitness you’re at when you enter a class, it’s always going to be a push, and you’re always going to feel the burn. But this is what makes it such a great exercise.

Cycling is non-stop. Your legs are constantly moving. And when you increase the resistance, you’re going to pedal harder. Add an instructor into the mix, who’s constantly encouraging you to keep pushing yourself, and you can’t help but get a great workout.

The physical benefit of all that pushing? Well, when spinning, you could burn up to 600 calories in just 40 minutes.

                         It’s low impact

No pressure on the knees or joints makes spinning the perfect exercise for those who struggle to run or engage in other high-impact activities. And regardless of your physical capabilities, it’s always good to incorporate low-impact workouts into your exercise routine.

The result is that your risk of injury from spinning is much lower than that of other, more high-impact activities. And your joints will suffer much less damage over time.

               It’s suitable for everyone

There may be an instructor in the room, but it’s not a requirement for you keep up with them. One of the best things about spinning is that if you’re feeling fatigued you can lighten the load. Instead of cutting your workout short and hitting the changing rooms early, you can keep going but just at a lower intensity.

The same goes for how hard you pedal. There’s no pressure to keep up with anyone in the room. The idea is to push yourself and do what you’re capable of doing. So it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting on the bike next to a veteran long-distance cyclist. You’re both going at a pace that suits your current fitness levels.

This means that even beginners can hope to go the length and endure a full-length spinning class. Which will not only make them feel physically better, but will provide them with a huge confidence boost.

           There’s no adverse weather

Unlike its outdoor counterpart, an indoor bike has a roof over it. This means that spinning isn’t at the mercy of the temperamental British weather. So whether it’s raining, snowing, hailing, or blowing gale force winds outside, your spinning bike awaits, warm and dry.

This is very good for motivation, as it’s all too easy to call off an exercise session due to poor weather. But when you’re protected by gym walls and central heating, excuses are much harder to come by!

              Fancy a spin at spinning?

Get yourself down to Jesmond Pool and Gym, where we currently run 4 spinning classes per week. Visit our spinning page for more information on times and prices.