For instance, when an instructor says “turn the knob 2 times clockwise”. This additional resistance may be too high for others while it may be too low for others. In this article, I will teach you how to release and adjust the tension on your spin bike in according to what your body needs.
In order to release tension, you only need to turn the tension knob counter clockwise. When releasing tension, it is important to feel how much resistance you are losing while pedaling.
Remember that spin bikes are used to simulate outdoor bikes. Make sure that you still have that road-like feeling when decreasing the resistance of your spin bike. If you feel like you’re already free-wheeling, then turn the tension knob back to increase the resistance.
In order to increase tension, you need to turn the tension knob clockwise. It is important to avoid beyond the resistance that your body can take.
At first, I suggest that you find the highest resistance your body can take. If you’re going more than 60 rpm, then feel free to increase the resistance. Decrease the resistance if you went overboard and feel like you can no longer make 60 rpm.
Tips for Instructors
Instructors should also learn how to deliver tension adjustment commands to students in a more general way as well. For instance, instead of saying, “turn the knob clockwise two times”; it’s better to say “increase the resistance until you feel like you’re climbing a hill”. This will give a clearer understanding to your students on what they should feel as they adjust the tension knob.
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