The Difference Between Spinning and Indoor Cycling
When it comes to getting in shape, spinning is something that usually pops up. But it can all be a bit overwhelming at first. If you are a follower of cycling, you have likely heard the term indoor cycling. But what exactly does it mean? How is it any different from spinning?
To most, it’s not a big deal to use the two words interchangeably. Same difference, right? There are some subtle differences between the two, and whether you use the the word Spinning or indoor cycling comes down to the type of bike, the training format and the instructor. So let’s see exactly what makes spinning and indoor cycling different.
Just to clear up any basic misconceptions let’s talk about the similarities first.
- Both runs inside (indoor)
- Instruments as stationary bicycle
- Training programs take place in a framework lively rhythms of music, several bicycles
The premise of each activity is pretty much the same. Both activities are indoor, use stationary bikes, and are set up pretty similarly. This is probably why it’s difficult for most people to discern the difference between the two.
While the basics are pretty similar, their certainly are a few differences.
#1: The Bike
For starters, a form of indoor cycling bikes is different from those of Spinning. The spinning bike is specially designed more like a road bike. In addition, this type of bike has so many adjustments to the seat, handlebars, pedals, and at various levels of difficulty. So spinning bikes have a lot more customization options. Being very flexible, and as it covers all the areas of practitioners, this is best for both beginners and advanced.
You will have a different position on a Spinning bike. You will definitely feel the difference in positions. Unlike most indoor exercise bikes that are more upright, have wider seats and are often more “comfortable.” Your tendons work more intensively on a Spinning bike. For example, on a spinning bike exercises, you can “climb” (when pedaling upright), so you can actually work with either more muscle groups, or you can do exercises that isolate certain muscle groups.
#3: The Pedals
Spinning bikes pedals, unlike other indoor, have a system of gears that allow the wheel to spin freely if you stop pedaling. Thus, your tendons will react to this natural inertia by contracting circular added at the time of maximum pedal stroke to minimize inertia.
#4: How They Are Built
Another advantage of Spinning bikes is how they are built. Spinning bikes are designed to replicate the forces and resistances of a real bike. Because of this Spinning bikes are composed of the transmission chain, unlike the rest of indoor cycling bikes that use a strip of textile or plastic. Transmission chain allows very realistic simulation of the dynamics of a bicycle and also offers a high resistance to stress.
In short, there are a few subtle differences between indoor cycling and spinning. While the foundation of each exercise is pretty similar, it’s helpful to know the difference between the two.
If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of spinning first hand, try one of our spin classes. If its your first time spinning with us, we offer a free ride voucher so you can see whether this class is right for you. We also offer many other programs in addition to spinning; such as: Muscle Activation and Personal Training.
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