Calories Burned Spin Class – Proper Form for Spinning

by Riley Daye

Calories burned in Spin Class is among the highest for any aerobic class you may attend.  Of course the total benefits achieved from spin class, also referred to as indoor cycling, are dependent on how much effort you exert.  This afternoon I took a spin class after a 6-7 week absence and was reminded again how great it is as a fat burning workout.  I’m going to quickly cover proper form for spinning as well as review how many calories are burned!

1. What is spinning?  It’s a choreogrpahed 45 minute to hour long indoor cycling class led by an instructor. They are often held in a fitness studio equipped with adjusted lighting and stereo equipment aimed at creating a high energy environment.  The spin bike itself is different than a traditional indoor bicycle that offers resistance thru magnets.  These bikes often are not designed to support full body weight.  Spin bikes however use manual resistance and allow the user to use their full body weight just as riding a bike outdoors.

2. How many calories does spinning burn?  Research indicates that on average a person can burn 500-700 calories during a 40 minute spin workout.  This is equivalent to about 15-20 miles on the road!  Of course dependent on your weight, BMI, and the intensity at which you’re exercising.  Fitness experts may debate the amount of calories burned in spin class because many factor weigh in, however they will all agree it’s an awesome workout!

3. Proper form for Spinning – I’ve taken many spin classes over the years (and even led a few unofficially), and I can’t help but want to yell out proper form techniques to fellow spinners!  I judge a good spin instructor not by how fun their music selection is, or how pumped up they get the class, but by how informative they are with the group.

4. Abs, abs, abs!  Keep your abs tight at all times!  This is probably the most important tip of all!  Your core muscles keep you in proper alignment while spinning.  Here’s a great lil tip… imagine a string that’s pulling your lower ab muscles tight through your lower back.  It may sound silly but it works!  You’ll also find that by maintaining proper form with your abs while spinning, you’ll feel less discomfort from the seat itself.  (Guys this is an especially valuable tip!) One of many personal training tips you may find valuable.

Spinning can burn as many as 750-1000 calories per hour.  Aside from that great sweat, you’re building your lower body as well as training your cardiovascular system as well.  All in all, it’s a great workout!


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Riley Daye

About Riley Daye

Riley Daye is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weightloss Consultant.  He is a Los Angeles Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Consultant who specializes in Weight Loss and Sport Specific Training.  Contact Riley to schedule a private consultation.

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