I have heard many people struggling with using an indoor bike, especially when it comes to setting up a spinning bike to be more comfortable. If you are struggling with this, too, check out how to setup a spin bike!
You might be wondering right now ’Why should I set up my spinning bike? How do I do it?’ – do not worry, we have all these covered for you!
First things first, setting up your spinning bike should be as hard as it sounds! This is the first step to having a correct workout routine, as it assures you the right posture while working out on the spinning bike.
You know that feeling you get after an intensive workout? The sore muscles, the pain you feel while moving can be also caused because you didn’t set up your spinning bike before working out. Muscles release lactic acid when they break, and if you don’t warm up enough before working out or if you work out while keeping your feet in an improper posture you are going to get tired so much quicker!
Let’s check out what should we do before starting our spinning workout!
- Start to set up your bike
To do that, you should first sit on your seat and put one of your heels on the pedal. If the bike is set up correctly, then your knee should be straight in this position. This is the correct way to pedal in a spinning bike since too much knee flexion can cause problems in your knee joint.
Also, check that the handlebars are set up the right way. They should be as high as comfortably possible, to allow you to sit with your back straight. Once you did all these, it’s time to adjust the bike seat!
- Adjusting the bike seat!
We all know how uncomfortable can bike seats get, especially after long, demanding workouts! What if I told you that there’s a way to adjust the bike seat so it would get a little bit more comfortable to you?
First of all, this is something you should have in mind while buying a spinning bike for you, but cushioned bike seats can save you a lot of trouble, allowing you to work out for an extended period without feeling uncomfortable. Choose a saddle that suits you, as it should reduce the risk of slipping as you get up and down during your workout.
- Know the right way to sit on a spinning bike
The point of setting up your spin bike is to sit correctly while working out, but if you don’t know the correct posture while training, then all of this is in vain. Sitting incorrectly can make you feel uncomfortable and it can decrease the effectiveness of the workout while also making you prone to accidents.
Experts recommend having your head with your chin up, opened chest with your shoulders pulled back and your core engaged. Your elbows should be slightly bent and your arms should not be stretched out too far from each other while your spine should be in a straight position.
- Shoes are important, too!
It is known that spinning and indoor cycling don’t put too much pressure on your joints and one of the reasons why this is happening is due to the shoes that you are wearing while working out. Wearing shoes while working out is meant to protect your ankles from the building pressure, while also keeping your feet comfortable in the cages on the pedals.
There are special trainers that you can get, but you can also wear sports shoes and they will do the job just fine!
- Don’t forget to take breaks!
Of course, spinning is a complex training routine that requires a lot of motivation and energy, but there is nothing wrong to take a break from time to time when you feel like you need to get back to your senses! We know that sometimes the saddle of the spin bike can get very uncomfortable – that’s why you should get off and walk for a little bit when you feel like it!
Taking a break doesn’t only mean getting off the bike – it can sometimes mean just standing up on the pedals from time to time, just to get rid of the soreness!
We hope these tips and tricks come in handy before getting immersed in that intense spinning class!