5 top tips to get the most out of your class
1. ARRIVE EARLY:
Arrive 10 minutes before class begins, especially if it's your first time. It takes a few minutes to properly fit you to your bike and the extra time gives your instructor time to check your set up. You'll also get chance for a gentle warm up before the class starts - burning a few extra calories!
2. DON'T COMPETE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR:
The group energy and dynamic of a cycling class can bring out the competitive streak in us, but its important to remember that this is your workout. Make the ride your own, listen to what your body needs today and set your own goals!
3. STAND UP SMARTER:
During standing positions, make sure your hips are above your pedals, you should still feel the nose of the saddle bumping against the back of the inner thighs. Focus on activating your core and equally pushing and pulling with each pedal stroke, keeping your feet flat and activating your powerful hip muscles.
4. DON'T CHEAT YOURSELF:
Ok we've all probably done it - the instructor tells you to add resistance, and we reach for the knob and fake it. However riding without enough resistance can wear on your joints, so make sure you add enough so you don't bounce! You control your workout, so the more resistance you add the more results you will see!
5. HAVE FUN:
Most important! Exercise should be fun! Enjoy the music, get lost in the beat and smile! The more you enjoy it, the more it becomes an addiction and the fitter you become!