SoulCycle and Flywheel Devotees: Here's What Spin Is Doing for Your Body

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Spin class has been around since the early '90s, but as of late, the hardcore workout has developed something of a cult following. So why is everyone raving about biking in place? It turns out, like most exercises, Spinning is really, really good for you. To learn the many health benefits of spin class, we reached out to Annabelle Torgman, instructor at Flywheel, who shared the reasons we should add indoor cycling to our workout routines.

While we never quite understood the appeal of biking in place coupled with upbeat music and an inspirational shout or two, after talking to Torgman, we started to understand just why people are hooked on the exercise. From its stress-reduction abilities to the fact that an average session burns a whopping 400 to 600 calories, cycling is a serious workout that improves both physical and mental health. To learn the many benefits of spin class and the reasons you should give it a try, keep reading.

1. It's Easy On The Joints

Spinning is a low-impact exercise that is easy on the joints. Like running, spinning is a great cardiovascular workout. However, because it is low-impact, Torgman says you are less likely to suffer from hip, knee, and ankle injuries commonly associated with other cardio exercises.

2. Decreases Stress

Yoga isn't the only mind-and-body workout. According to Torgman, indoor cycling gives an adrenaline rush and endorphin release, which has been proven to lower stress levels. While most forms of exercise help with stress management, 40- to 60-minute cycling sessions are a quick and effective way to relieve stress and improve physical fitness. Once you're in the zone, it's hard to focus on anything other than keeping up with the instructor. Definitely takes your mind off that rough day at work, and it makes you feel super accomplished when you finish your workout.

3. Burns Fat

As evidenced by the sweaty shirts of many indoor cyclers post-ride, Torgman says, spin class is a great way to burn fat. Since cycling burns calories at a very high rate, one spin session burns, on average, 400 to 600 calories. It is both a fast and effective cardiovascular workout.

4. Improves Strength

Contrary to popular belief, spin class builds muscle strength without adding bulk. Torgman notes, like all other forms of cardio, indoor cycling recruits slow-twitch muscle fibers designed primarily for endurance. While each class is designed differently, she says that the length and intensity of a cycling session predominantly uses slow-twitch muscle fibers to increase strength and endurance, while also creating a more toned physique.

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