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Love Spinning? You’ll Love These Other High-Intensity Workouts

by Stefani Pappas| February 10, 2016

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Spinning can be one of the most exhilarating workout experiences.

The high-energy, booming music, and true sense of community make it hard to beat!

If you’re a self-proclaimed spin princess (or prince), you probably take your cycling workout very seriously. Spinning is certainly no joke, and you have to be in great shape to excel at this intense workout.

Maybe you spin for the sweat, or maybe you love the friends you make at class; either way, something about the workout fuels you.

If you want your performance in spin class to improve, it’s important to incorporate other exercises to your weekly workout routine. Too much spinning can lead to burnout, both physically and mentally. Try incorporating these unique workouts into your regimen:

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

A stationary bike doesn’t put much of an emphasis on coordination. Getting out of your comfort zone and trying rock climbing can help you improve on this physical concept. You’ll build strength and have to implement small muscles that might not be emphasized during spin class.

Rowing

Rowing machines

Boutique rowing studios and classes are popping up all over the place, and for a very good reason. Rowing is a terrific low-impact, full-body exercise. With each stroke, almost every single part of your body is used. Rowing has more of an upper body emphasis than spinning, but still incorporates intense leg strength. Try alternating one spin workout for rowing each week to get the strength and cardiovascular benefits.

Bootcamp

Bootcamp fitness

In one bootcamp class, you get cardio, free weights, resistance training, and body-weight exercises. Although bootcamp is a full-body exercise, there is typically much emphasis on core. Although core often gets neglected in spin class, it is crucial to have a strong core when perfecting your form and posture. High intensity interval training found in bootcamp classes will also improve your cardiovascular endurance, and keep you prepared for those intense breakaways during spin class.

Pilates-Yoga Fusion Classes

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You may have heard of PiYoga, Pi-Yo, Yogalates, or other pilates-yoga fusion classes that strengthen and stretch the body. Incorporating the principles of yoga, pilates, and other similar techniques is dynamic and interesting. You’ll improve your core strength, flexibility, and muscular endurance during each and every class. Most gyms offer some type of pilates-yoga fusion class. Active recovery is the key to avoiding burn-out during your workouts; take a day off from spin and incorporate a pilates-yoga fusion class to regroup and refocus.

The key to improving your spinning performance is adding some more variety to your workouts. Implementing another exercise, such as the ones listed above, will strengthen the body and assist in your performance on the bike.

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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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