8 Outside the Box Ways to Enhance Your At-Home Spinning® Experience
Posted by Spinning® on Apr 18th 2018
UPDATED: September 29, 2021
Few things compare to the energy of a packed Spinning® class with its inspirational coaching, invigorating music and unified team environment. However, with the evolution of at-home fitness experiences, particularly during the pandemic, more and more people are discovering the unique benefits of Spinning® in the comfort of their own homes. And loving it! From mitigating time and money spent traveling to creating a personalized Spinning® environment, the reasons to blend home rides with sessions at the studio are abundant.
Check out these eight enticing benefits of the at-home Spinning® experience:
1. Build a Spinning® Sanctuary
Your workout space in your home is your Spinning® sanctuary—take the time to set it up exactly how you want it. First, if you want to protect your floors, check out our Spinning® bike mat, which also acts to reduce noise and vibration.
You can also invest in good speakers for music and a fan to keep cool. Then, clear out clutter, tear out the carpet, paint the walls—whatever it takes to have a space you would not only be proud to show off to friends but also a place that beckons you back for another ride.
2. Get Dialed In
Once you’ve got your Spinning® space settled, it’s time to get dialed into our apps that will keep connected, motivated and on track to crush your goals. And when it comes to Spinning® apps, you’ve got options:
Spinning® Connect™ provides real-time metrics, workout history and more when you’re on a Spinner® bike or riding out on the road.
Spinning® Digital gives you on-demand videos with motivating instructors so you can hop on your bike and ride 24/7.
Spinning® Digital Plus connects your data to the videos so you see real-time, personalized metrics, zones and calories burned, as well as your workout history.
Explore which app is right for you.
3. Aim for a Total-Body Fitness Experience
Spinning® is a perfect partner for many other exercises and that’s where our Spinning Digital® collection, Beyond the Bike, comes in. This on-demand video collection incorporates resistance training, toning and core work to complement your time in the saddle. The benefits of core training even extend to your ride – by strengthening and stabilizing your core muscles, you’ll become a powerhouse on the bike.
With two categories in the collection -- SPIN® Core and SPIN® Flex – you’ll find efficient workouts that combine cardio on the bike with resistance training off the bike — in an hour or less! For some workouts, all you need is a mat, while others use fun, home-friendly equipment like resistance tubing or Ugi® balls and Resist-A-Balls®.
The Off Bike workouts are short, standalone routines that you can add on to any ride. You can also mix and match, combining two or more together to create a full workout.
4. Challenge Friends on Social Media
Challenge other riders to a workout with you. Use your favorite platform to live-stream your ride to the entire community, or FaceTime with a friend who has also discovered the powerful benefits of Spinning® at home. Go big and go social with your challenges to share your passion with others. Don't forget to tag us too! (FB: @spinning and IG: @spinninghq)
5. Train for an Upcoming Event
Train more frequently for a bike race or another athletic event that you have coming up. The quick availability a home Spinner® bike offers is one of its most pronounced benefits. From elite athletes to entry level riders, anyone can benefit from being able to train for athletic events more frequently. After all, there are no excuses (not even the weather!) when each workout is within steps of where you rest your head at night.
You can also pair your Spinner® bike at home with the Zwift app for a virtual cycling world experience! Learn more about Spinning® with Zwift here.
Remember that riding at home doesn't mean you should miss out on classes at your favorite Spinning® studio, as both experiences have their unique benefits. Be sure to mix it up as safety permits between the two at a rate that suits your personal preferences and lifestyle.
6. Enjoy Guilt-Free Binge Watching
If you need a real break from reality, position your Spinner® bike in front of your smart TV or computer to binge watch your favorite show. You get to choose the perfect genre as a mood-setter for your ride. Your favorite action series might just set your heart thumping in time to a steady endurance training session at a sustained moderate intensity. It also allows you to get your TV time in while doing something physically active and productive!
7. Head Outdoors
You can also mix things up on occasion and move your Spinner® bike outdoors! Weather permitting, the change of scenery from your deck, front porch or driveway might be just the freshness you seek! Sure, you’ll have the neighbors talking, but all the better for sharing your passion!
8. Prep for Your Next Ride
After each ride, set up for the next one as you’re cooling down by wiping your bike down with a dry towel and cleaning the floor of any sweat. Also, wash and refill your Spinning® water bottle and keep it in your refrigerator for “grab and go” convenience when you ride again.
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ARTICLE ORIGINALLY CONTRIBUTED BY SPINNING® MASTER INSTRUCTOR, CORI PARKS.