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We love going round in circles!

By Gareth Evans, i-motion gym Managing Director.

At i-motion gym we love going round in circles! I don’t mean going through the same routine, or being unproductive, I am of course referring to spinning. If you haven’t heard the term ‘spinning’ before it is basically cycling, usually in a gym, and without actually going anywhere. A spin bike is a specially built piece of fitness equipment that allows you to change resistance, power and monitor your effort and we love them!

The reason for our affection to the spin bike is simple, it helps members realise great fitness levels with relative ease. In a standard spin class you can burn upwards of 500 calories. That’s great news for gym users, but what is better, is this type of fitness kick starts your metabolism. This means that you actually continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after the class. Our bodies will also break down and use food much more efficiently if they are spinning on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever tried a spin class you will know that it’s hard on the legs! In fact the next day you may well be walking a little awkwardly! These are good signs: it shows that you are using muscles you perhaps haven’t used for some time, and it will most certainly help you get a more toned leg profile. Its not just legs though, when you spin you engage your core and arms to get through the session; it can really help develop abdominal and upper body strength.

Unlike a lot of cardio-vascular exercise spinning will help you build these muscles without impacting on your joints. Many people who use spinning to keep fit are ex-runners who perhaps have issues with knees or ankles from impactive exercise.

Spinning is also great for you mentally. Our purpose-built spin studios accommodate a group of spinners who go through the session together. It’s therefore social; you find that the longer you spin the tougher you become mentally. You learn to push yourself further and harder.

At i-motion we have a virtual spin studio that means our members can spin on different bike courses and even when there is no instructor. This has proved hugely popular as it allows members to visualise the ride they have to complete whilst allowing them to build up their confidence if they are unsure of their spinning ability.

So you see, whilst we have been going round in circles, we are actually achieving quite a lot. Why not give a spinning session a go and let me know how you get on? if you would like to see or hear more from me then please feel free to follow me on Twitter @evansgjc. Join i-motion gym at www.i-motiongym.com or by calling 01785 333450.

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