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5 Indoor Cycling Myths that Still Scare You - Even Though they Shouldn't

January 26, 2018

Do you listen to your friends chat about their latest indoor cycling class, thinking how much you want to try it out–but something’s holding you back? Like... what if you don’t get it? What if it’s too hard?

We’re here to give you the low-down on what an indoor cycling class is really about, and show you that the things you’re afraid will happen at your indoor cycling class, probably won’t!

1. I won’t be able to keep up.

Okay, we’ll be honest. This might be true, but NO ONE cares what you’re doing on your bike. They’re too focused on pushing themselves and keeping the sweat from getting in their eyes.

2. What if I can’t figure out how to get on the bike?

You’re in luck. Our instructors and staff love to help out (actually, instructors at most spin and indoor cycling studios do)! Even if you’ve been to a studio a few times, it’s good to check with the staff that you’re set up properly to maximize your workout and minimize injury.


3. It looks intense. Will I get sick?

First, keep to your own pace. Like we said, no one is watching you when they're concerned about their own ride. If you feel light-headed, or nauseous, turn down your resistance, take a seat and slow your pace for a few minutes.


Second, we’re trained for this. If it happens, we’ll deal with it.

4. I’m not coordinated - I’ll mess up the routines.

Indoor cycling and Spin are two different varieties of exercise. While they both use a bike, require you to pedal, and you’ll stand up and sit back down quite often, indoor cycling focuses on the relation to the actual road. You won’t do pushups on the bike, or dance (but we’ll still have some pumping music).

5. Cycling will make my legs bulky.

There’s a misconception that using the muscles we need in cycling (indoor or outdoor) will make our legs look bulky. But if you look at someone who is an avid cyclist, you’ll see that, for the most part, their legs are long and lean!

Is there anything else that keeps you from clipping into a bike? Tell us, and we’ll let you know if it’s fact or myth!