Busting the Myths of... Indoor Cycling

Busting the Myths of… Indoor Cycling

There’s no need to be intimidated by indoor cycling. Yes, it’s intense and yes, it can be challenging, but it is also great fun! Anthony Garcia, head of the Cycle studio at Lomax, busts a few common myths of indoor cycling.


MYTH:
Indoor Cycling is a full on class of riding as fast and as intensely as you can go.

REALITY:
Cycling is as challenging as you want to make it! Indoor cycling is a highly individual workout. You will sprint, climb and do lots of different work, but unlike other fitness routines, you don’t have to be at the same gear as the other participants. You control the gear which means you control your workout. Instructors will always differ on what gear and pace you’re at, but cycling is really about staying in tune with your own body and the music. A good instructor will give you a range to work within and motivate you to challenge yourself.


MYTH:
People with bad knees can’t take an indoor cycling class.

REALITY:
Cycling is a low impact exercise and people with knee problems can usually benefit from cycling. In fact, cycling is often recommended as a remedy for knee joint pain.


MYTH:
Cycling is strictly a cardio exercise strictly for the insanely fit and road cyclists.

REALITY:
Spinning is a full body workout! It is a great exercise to tone your legs, glutes, core and, by incorporating weights, the upper body. Anyone can participate in a Cycle Blast class but before you start your class, get the instructor to set your bike up and mention any concerns you may have with your body.


MYTH:
Every cycling instructor is the same.

REALITY:
This is a misconception. Every instructor is different and will teach differently. You need to try a few classes with the instructor as this will show you exactly what they can do and ask questions if not sure what’s going on. Music is a massive part of indoor cycling, a good instructor will always have an awesome playlist that they are familiar with!


Anthony Garcia is a Personal Trainer and the head of Indoor Cycling at Lomax. Lomax Cycle Blast classes run throughout the day, every day of the week.
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