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To Spin or Not to Spin
What is your opinion Spinning? What should I look for in a program or instructor?
Answer (Published 4/11/2003)
Spinning is actually one of several brand names for a type of exercise called group indoor cycling, which involves biking to music under the direction of an instructor. Fitness expert Dan Bornstein tells me that group indoor cycling is one of the safest group fitness classes available because each cyclist is in complete control of his or her workout.
Although instructors may urge you to pedal faster, you control your own level of resistance and revolutions per minute (rpms). What’s more, Dan says that group indoor cycling is a very effective way to burn calories and lose weight and is also a wonderful cross-training tool for someone accustomed to walking or jogging for exercise. However, he does offer a few cautions for first-timers:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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