If fitness is your goal and you want a high intensity exercise-there is no need so stop if the weather is bad. Indoor cycling can give you just what you want rain or shine and can be done alone or in groups.
Cycling has numerous health benefits. It strengthens the muscles of your lower body, increases your stamina, improves blood circulation and gives your fitness that much needed boost.
Indoor cycling, a relatively recent concept, aims to capture all of the benefits of cycling without making you have to be outside in the weather. Especially in parts of the country where inclement weather can cause problems for fitness buffs part of the year, indoor cycling is your answer.
So how exactly does indoor cycling work? Basically, indoor cycling is done on special exercise bikes, which, while staying stationary, allow you to perform all the actions of a normal biker.
In an indoor cycling class, you will typically find dozens of such bikes together. The exercise is different from others of its class in that you do it in groups. As such, not only does it reduce the monotony that is generally associated with indoor exercises, it actually ends up being quite enjoyable too.
The standout feature of indoor cycling is the fact that even though it can be done as a group activity, it is a heterogeneous one. What this means is that you may be working out in a group but you set your own goals and try and achieve them. You are not required to go with your group in terms of exercise targets and this means that groups can be formed of people of different ages and different fitness levels.
You may be wondering how the different target levels are measured in exercise like cycling done indoors. The primary measure, in case of indoor cycling, is the heart rate.
At the outset, every person performing the exercise must have a target heart rate which he intends to achieve. The resistance levels of the cycles and the duration and intensity of the exercise is designed based on what is needed to achieve the target heart rate. Sometimes, mostly in the absence of a heart beat monitor, a Relative Perceived Exertion scale, numbering up to 20, can be employed by your trainer. While a 6 on this scale suggests little or no exertion, a 20 suggests that you are exerting yourself to the maximum.
In most cases, a trainer is required to be present during a session of indoor cycling. Since it is a group activity, the trainer usually leads the group when it comes to cycling. The trainer also evaluates whether individuals are achieving their desired exertion levels and can ramp up or cool down the resistances on their cycles according to that.
Additionally, a lot of people often take the wrong posture while indoor cycling, a problem that can lead to injury and other related issues. The trainer is responsible to guide you on how best to sit on an exercise cycle during the cycling session so that you can gain maximum benefit out of this unique form of exercise without causing yourself damage.
Indoor cycling can also be done in the privacy of your home on an individual basis. Many people will opt for this as a choice especially when the gym is too cost prohibitive or they have little time. Either way cycling indoors can provide a great workout and help a person achieve their personal fitness goals rain or shine.