Artwork of a spin class.

‘Dark, hot and steamy’: How spinning classes can help you on your fitness journey

As the ABC launches the Your Move campaign, to help Australians explore their health and fitness journey, journalist Marnie Vinall is hitting the road to try out some of the growing exercise trends across the country.

It’s hard to watch any millennial female-centric TV show or movie today without a spin course featured at some point.

Although I took RPM lessons here and there, I never went to a cycle-specific studio to do what the kids call “spin.”

So I contacted Adam Pearson – who has been an indoor cycling instructor for about 20 years – to give me the rundown.

He told me that there are many different styles of indoor cycling classes offered by the industry, including: strength training, explosive training, aerobic training, traditionalist training models and even the more recently popular “bike party” type methods.

However, all of these forms have cardiovascular benefits through low impact exercise, which is great for fitness without putting too much strain on the body.

So good for someone like me with a finicky knee.

Plus, he says, it’s an incredibly effective form of exercise.

“All energy systems can be used – the anaerobic energy system and the aerobic energy system – they can be used in most classes, and most classes are pretty high in intensity,” he said.

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