We know cycling is a great workout, but let’s be real—no one wants to go out and ride a bike in pouring rain, freezing weather, or on a scorching summer day. Rocking out to Beyonce' Sorry and Dj Khaled Wild Thoughts in a darkened room with a motivating coach? Now that's more our style. Yes indoor cycling is a killer workout that can improve you muscular strength and endurance. Its a low impact exercise that suits all fitness levels.
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At Ameanspin we are all about giving you the best ride of your life, we want you to be at ease, and free from discomfort when its come to proper shoes. Below are a few suggestions:
If you’ve never put cleats onto your cycling shoes before, we recommend you bring them to your local bicycle shop / Cycling Studio, and have them installed by a pro. But if your local bike shop is closed or isn’t so local, here are some tips for attaching cleats yourself.
I’ve been teaching spin/indoor cycling for over 5 years. I went I'm & out of gyms taking cycling classes in the saddle. My bottom use to hurt so much, and use to think to myself, how can anyone stay in the saddle for an hour. Sure I trained in it, but I wasn’t going to teach it. It seemed like the most boring thing ever… so what changed? Me, I flipped the script!! I began rising out of the saddle with added movement (upper body movement building more muscles shaping the bottom and toning the leg and thighs. My spinning experience changed as well as my attitude about it. It became to be an addiction. Wondering why people would stop and stare at me while sitting at a red light, Oh I was creating moves while listening to music on Xm radio!
It was all about the playlist. I’m all about the music anyway so having a good motivational playlist was super high on my priorities. I soon discovered that I couldn’t stand to be in other peoples classes (only a select few) because they weren’t cycling with the flow of the music. The beat drives you, it basically tells you what to do and the challenge in putting a good playlist together is finding tracks that flow to the profile you created.
If you like a song but think it’s too slow or sloppy for spin: LOOK FOR A REMIX. Tons of DJs are doing remixes now, so check them out. Go to YouTube or Spotify or Apple Music, find the artist you like and check out the remixes. I love the Love on the Brain remix by Rihanna but the original is way too slow for a sprint however good for (a climb) but the Same with Adele Rolling great songs but slooooow! So remix it up!
Part of cultivating a class that motivates people from various spectrum of experience is ‘sound-tracking’ the flow of emotions. We bring emotions in our rides, fist in the air to hair blowing in the wind, the need to shout or the need to blow your horn outta my way kind of emotions.
Ameanspinn isn't just about transforming your body through indoor cycling—it's also about transforming the way you feel.
I developed; Love for the people First, along with great energy. With that concept you whats important and priority. I started training harder than ever to master moves that I thought was difficult of me to accomplish, with hard work and dedication I was able to master the moves and achieve my goals. I was driven with sharing my love of fitness with others. I had my portable Bose system with me headed to the gym walked into Heaven, a empty cycling studio!! I started taking cycling classes about five years ago. I started attending classes a couple times per week. After a few years of training solo the gym manager at La-Fitness asked if I’d ever thought of teaching a class of my own. I never gave it thought nor thought it was possible with me being shy, but I jumped at the chance!
I was eager to start the process of becoming an indoor cycling instructor. Earning a little extra money for doing something I really love was a pretty sweet deal! I was definitely nervous about whether I’d be able to handle what I assumed would be a rigorous test for instructors, but even that didn’t deter me. I was nervous every time I stepped into the cycling room. I only had 3 riders. Introducing myself and my style of cycling was a bit scary. My daughter's would always ask me what was I scared about, I explain to them that it was always frightening because I always wanted to give my best to the students and I want to please them in every way and have them leave with a great workout. After teaching at the gym the third week I never could forget it, I walked up the steps into the studio and all 32 bikes were filled. Everyone was smiling and was eager to start. I was in my Zone!
I always hear "She's not like your normal instructor," It was apparently a big deal to spin in my class. And it took me less than 5 minutes to explain why. Passion!!!!
Although some instructors throw out numbers without explaining them, it can remind you of math class. Learning the hand positions will allow for you to have a smooth ride and a great experience
Here is Ameanspinn's crash course:
Bring Water, You are going to sweat more than you ever had in your life, seriously. Bring water and please make sure you are well hydrated before spin class. Keep drinking water; before, during, and after class.
Smoothies are my favorite!! I go to Costco purchase my big bag of frozen fruits, head down to GNC and select the right protein that suits me (Strawberry) Yummy :-) I use my Magic Bullet, one scoop of protein, add my fruit and Almond Milk.. YUMMY! The ingredients of smoothies are usually fruits and vegetables, they release simple and complex carbs which release into your body the first 15-20 minutes, the complex carbs are shortly released into your bloodstream within 30 minutes. Smoothies are just what you need, giving your body enough energy to burn for the entire Ameanspinn session.
1/4 cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut chips
2-3 bananas peeled
1/4 cup mix fruit of your choice ( strawberries, mango, etc)
1/4 cup Vanilla Almond Breeze Milk
1 tablespoon of protein or powered hemp protein
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Add Bananas, mixed fruit, almond milk (or 1% milk) and protein to a blender. Pulse until pureed. If the mixture is too thick, add a just little more of almond milk to help loosen the smoothie. Pure into to a bowl or smoothie cup and top with your toasted coconut and sliced almonds. Enjoy
One of the best foods that you can eat before a spinning session is a banana. They are rich in carbohydrates and will be able to give your body the right amount of nutrition to help it workout. The potassium that is present in bananas will help in keeping up with the muscle and nerve functions. This combined with a healthy breakfast soon after a spinning session will enhance your body’s well being. Also Being the richest sources of fiber, oats will help in slow releasing carbohydrates into the body. Due to the slow release action of oats, there is a constant supply of energy while spinning.
People who enjoy a good cup of coffee will be able to vouch for the goodness of coffee. They find that their entire day feels a lot more energized and they perform better. The reason is the caffeine. When you consume some caffeine before a workout, you are pumping your body with energy to cycle throughout the session time. Your chances of feeling tired easily are also replaced with energized times. Your body will thus burn a lot faster because of the boosting effects of caffeine.
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