5 Things To Know Before Your First Spin Class

Know before you go: tips for making the most of your first spin class

1. You can go at your own pace.
The instructor will implement hills and sprints for the spinners who have already been taking the class for a few weeks. But if it’s your first time, go at your own pace and do what you can. You won’t get kicked out or ridiculed for doing your own thing, we promise.

2. Don’t feel intimidated.
That group of spinners who have already been taking the class for a few weeks (or maybe even years), don’t pay any attention to them. Some of them will look super serious with their tight spandex pants and the spin shoes that click into the bike; you might think, “Oh no, I totally don’t belong here.” Dispel those thoughts; get on your bike and just ride. The only person you need to worry about is yourself.

3. You don’t need the shoes that click into the bike.
As mentioned above, you might see some people wearing these, but don’t fret. They can be helpful, but they’re definitely not a requirement.

4. The music played will make or break the class.
There’s nothing like a good jam to get your motivation going, and for some reason this especially holds true during a spin class. When an instructor’s playlist isn’t good (of course, “good” is subjective) it can make the entire class seem like a dud. On the other hand, when the playlist is on point, you can have what will feel like the best workout of your entire life. For this reason, it’s a good idea to test out a few different classes. Find an instructor who shares your workout music preferences.

5. Your butt will hurt the next day.
For some reason, even in a day in age with mind-blowing, innovative technology, gym equipment manufacturers have yet to implement a comfortable seat for spin bikes. As a result, a 30 to 60 minute spin class results in some seriously sore butt bones the next day.