ABC Your Move: How spin class can help your health and fitness

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As the ABC launches the Your Move campaign, to help Australians explore their health and fitness journey, reporter Marnie Vinall hits the road to try some of the growing exercise trends around the country.

It’s hard to watch a modern-day, women-centred millennial TV show or movie without a spin class featuring at some point.

Although, I’ve taken the odd RPM class here and there, I’ve never been to a cycle-specific studio to do what the kids are calling “spin”.

So, I contacted Adam Pearson — who’s been an indoor cycling instructor for around 20 years — to give me the rundown.

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

However, all 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 niggly knee.

Plus, he said, it’s an incredibly efficient form of exercise.

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

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