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5 Ways To Own The Bike (Tips From An Indoor Cycling Instructor)

by Stefani Pappas| November 20, 2015

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Sometimes, it takes one short moment to completely change your life. In the blink of an eye, one simple experience can inspire and motivate you.

Us workout fanatics have these moments every single day.

Fitness gives us life; it helps us break through our physical and emotional barriers, and excel our bodies towards peak health. Nothing is more empowering than an amazing workout.

An Indoor Cycling class is 45 minutes of non-stop inspiration and hard work. You challenge your heart rate and intensity, all while pushing past boundaries and discovering who you truly are. Cycling allows us to have these life-changing moments that evolve our fitness and wellbeing.

If you consider yourself a cycling guru, there are certain tips that can help you make the most out of your workout. Even a cycling beginner can benefit from a few quick and simple tips to enhance the ride.

Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor and The Key To Wellness writer, Stefani Pappas, shares her top 5 secret tips to killing it on the bike and owning your Indoor Cycling workout.

  1. Be Consistent

Indoor Cycling challenges the body through speed, endurance, and power. Like anything in life, in order to see results, you have to be consistent. Commit to incorporating cycling into your weekly workout regimen. Try new classes with different instructors who motivate you to come to class every week. Once you start cycling regularly, you will see improvements in your power and form.

  1. Don’t Cheat Yourself

Instructors know when you are faking it! Not turning that resistance knob? We notice! It’s not our workout that you are hurting… it’s yours. How are you supposed to maximize your potential in class if you don’t challenge yourself? When you don’t bring your A-Game, you’re only cheating yourself. Add the resistance, give all you’ve got, and leave class with no regrets.

  1. Invest In Indoor Cycling Shoes

You’re already paying for boutique cycling classes, and your gym membership isn’t cheap either… we get it. But investing in a pair of indoor cycling shoes will dramatically transform your workout and ride. Think of a soccer player without soccer cleats; it just makes things harder, and the athlete can’t focus on the quality of his game and performance if he isn’t properly equipped. Cycling shoes add glide and ease to your ride. They automatically do wonders for your form on the bike, and you can really push yourself like you were never able to before.

  1. 20% Exercise, 80% Nutrition

You’re getting your cycling classes in, lifting a few times a week, maybe throwing in a yoga session here and there; you are putting in the work! But why aren’t you seeing the subsequent results? Exercising has a major impact on our health, but your body shouldn’t be on the backburner once you leave the cycling studio. Nutrition is everything. Nourish your body with fresh foods, and focus on a balanced diet. If your diet is on point, your workouts will be more efficient and give you the results you’ve been looking for.

  1. Get Social

Cycling class is the perfect fit friend date. Grab your bestie and commit to going to class weekly together. Not only will this improve your athletic performance on the bike, but it’s also a nice and healthy way to bond with friends. Brag about your cycling class on social media, and maybe more friends will join in on the fun!

Not sure if cycling is for you? Find out which workout style works best for your body and abilities now!

Stefani Pappas

Stefani Pappas, CPT is currently a dietetic intern pursuing her career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She is a Master's in Clinical Nutrition Student at New York University. Stefani has a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a contributing writer for Elite Daily, member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, and Equinox Fitness Instructor. Stefani is dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and inspiring others to do the same. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @stefhealthtips for more nutrition and fitness tips!

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