Spinning is a great indoor exercise to work the cardiovascular system and build leg strength. The feeling of simply finish the exercise exhausted and accomplished is great but it is even greater if you gear up yourself as the following tips.
1. What to wear
Your clothes may maximize your perfomance on the bike. To get that,you will not want something that interfere with the mechanic of the bike so skip loose workout clothes . One more thing to notice is that you are going to sweat a lot so the clothes should wick the sweat away. Thus, leggings and a tank top are recommended for women while riding shorts and a tank top are recommended for men.
For your footwear, cycling shoes help you pedal more efficiently because your foot will almost become part of the bike. You should look for breathable ones with a stiff sole, good retaining system like the Shimano Pedal Design. Giro shoes products for men and women are decent options.
Here is the list of best shoes for spinning available on the market
2. Use Heart Rate Monitor
Equipping a heart rate monitor help you gauge when to increase and decrease the intensity level. You can also accurately keep track of your calories burn during the workout. Your heart rate monitor is also a great way to measure your fitness level at stages and fitness improvements.
If you don’t already have one, the good news is there are a lot of decent heart rate monitors at reasonable prices. You will have to spend your time thinking for your buying choice though since there are various options available.
The two types of heart rate monitors are chest strap and strapless. For people who solely need a heart rate monitor for indoor cycling activities, a chest strap model like the Polar H7 is recommended. For peole who are not only cyclist but also joggers, walkers or runners, strapless models like the Mio Link Wristband are often prefered although some are less accurate and most of them are more expensive than chest strap ones. To make up for their higher price, strapless heart rate monitors avoid discomfort and the duty of washing.
Once you have your prefered type on your mind, let's have a good look on the market. Some popular brands now are Polar, Garmin and Mio. If you want a chest strap, you may want the Garmin Soft Strap Premium Heart Rate Monitor or the Polar H7. The strong points of the Garmin is that it greatly pairs up with various fitness devices (and its Forerunner Watch included). Once you have paired your Garmin strap with a device , the strap will remember it thus you will not waste time setting it up again. For the Polar, it is amazing as it can keep clocking the beats even when you are swimming. It also comes at a sweeter price and it provides ECG-accurate heart rate to any smart devices with Bluetooth.
For a monitor on your wrist, you may consider between Garmin Forerunner 225, Mio Alpha and Polar A300. The Polar is known with it 24/7 tracking feature and is the cheapest among the three. One of the Mio features is its large memory which can hold up 25 hours of workout data that can be synced later. The most expensive of the three is the Garmin with its brilliantly software and sleep tracking feature.
3. Gel Seat Cover
A gel seat cover makes your spin bike seat more comfortable. For more information click here
4. Other things to consider