Want to know what to expect or how to get the most from your Spin training? Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

I’ve never taken a Spin session before. What should I expect?

Every class is a little different, but one of the great things about the Spin is that it is adaptable to your fitness level. Remember that there’s no competition. Listen to your body and adjust the resistance on your bike accordingly.

If you’re a first timer let your instructor know. He or she can make sure your bike is properly adjusted and give you a rundown on the Spin programme’s five core movements..

How do I make payment for Group spin training?

Payment should be prior to starting your training. Cash or paypal online payments are acceptable. Drop-in customers need to register their payment with every visit. Pay monthly customers can pre-pay and secure their bike by registering their payment at the end of each calendar month for the following month’s sessions. Check mypersonaltrainer.ie’s website and Facebook page regularly for the latest rates and special offers.

Do I have to be in great shape to participate in a Spin training?

Anyone can benefit from the Spinning programme. And because you can go at your own pace by controlling the resistance on your Spin bike, taking Spin sessions is a great way to get fit.

What makes spin different from other group exercise training?

A highly experienced instructor, invigorating music and visualisation come together to make mypersonaltrainer.ie’s Spin sessions both fun and effective. If you’ve ever left a group training session feeling frustrated, you’ll appreciate that there are no complicated moves to learn with the Spin programme. Regardless of how fit, flexible or co-ordinated you are, you’ll get a great workout. Simply hop on your bike, set the resistance to the level that’s right for you, and let mypersonaltrainer.ie guide you through an incredible ride.

How many calories will I burn in Spin ?

The number of calories you’ll burn depends on a number of factors, including your weight and the intensity at which you exercise. Research indicates that on average, participants burn about 600-800 calories in a 60-minute workout. Over the next 24 hours after a Spin session, expect your body to burn off 4 times the calories you burn in the one hour session. So, if you got to 800 calories in the hour, that means by the end of the following day you will have burned 3200 calories. That’s nearly a pound in body weight! Now you see why Spin really is king for weight loss.

What type of gear do I need to participate in group Spin?

Comfortable workout attire is all you need to get started. But the right gear can make a great session even better. Padded cycling shorts will make your ride more comfortable and a heart rate monitor will help you get the most from every workout. Bring a sweat towel and water with you to the studio and use the shower facilities after the session.

Will taking a spin session make my legs bulk up?

The “climbs” that are incorporated into a Spin session simulate the experience of riding up a hill. Climbing is an excellent way to build strength, which means you not only get shapelier legs but also stoke your metabolism since muscle needs more calories to sustain itself than fat does. However, most climbs only last a few minutes, which is not enough time to build big, bulky leg and butt muscles. If you’re ever in doubt share your training goals with mypersonaltrainer.ie and ask for help to create the ride that’s right for you.

How can I get more comfortable sitting on the saddle?

If you’re new to the Spin programme it may take a few sessions for your body to get used to the saddle. Wearing padded cycling shorts or using a gel seat cover will definitely make your ride more comfortable.

Sometimes my toes go numb while I’m riding. How can I solve this problem?

The most common cause of numbness is restricted blood flow to the feet, which can be caused by shoes, shoelaces or toe straps that are too tight. Loosening laces and straps often solves the problem. If this doesn’t help, you may want to consider foam insoles or front-ended orthotics. They can provide relief by redistributing pressure on the ball of your foot.

If I have an injury from another sport is a spin session a good alternative?

While taking a Spin session may be an excellent way to cross train, only your doctor can determine if the Spin programme is a safe option for you.

What is the minimum age for a spin session participant?