Tagged: aerobic exercise

Spinning classes better than outdoor cycling – the real difference to your health

In theory, cycling is cycling. The pulse of the music, the exhortations of your instructor, and the presence of a group of like-minded exercisers do nothing to spin your pedals. In practice, though, the ingredients of a typical indoor cycling class somehow combine to lift workouts to heights that most participants wouldn’t achieve on their own. The alchemy of group exercise is well known to runners and aerobics classes, but spinning has found a recipe so powerful that researchers studying it have been forced to re-evaluate their definition of “maximal” exercise—and sound a warning for beginners who may wander into a class unprepared.