California is considered a dream destination by many due to its numerous beaches, the city of Los Angeles, the deserts, mountains, and so on. I was fortunate enough to participate in a press tour, focused on sports and well-being, in California during the month of April. Each day was dedicated to trying out two physical activities. No sooner did the plane touch down in California, we found ourselves whisked off to an aerial yoga class (click HERE to learn more). The following day started at 6am as we headed out to Coronado Island where we took a spinning class on the beach!
Spinning is gaining in popularity world-wide as a great form of exercise. Studios offering various types of spinning classes are popping up everywhere. Despite the differences, the core concept remains the same: pedalling to a great beat as a coach guides us through a session of interval training that focuses as much on musculature as cardioactivity. Classes typically end with five minutes of stretching. Spinning is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your legs and buttocks, and increase your ability to concentrate (for real). It’s a sport that encourages camaraderie among its participants, all the while making it possible for person to work out at their own pace according to their individual capacity.
The Hotel Del Coronado is well known in southern California as a venue that offers its patrons a luxurious stay in an enchanting setting. The spinning classes on the beach offer a rather unique experience in that participants spend one hour on a bike, facing the sea, while pedaling like heck. As for the logistics, every participant is provided with a set of headphones that makes it possible for everyone to hear the same music at the same time while still hearing the coach’s instructions. And, it’s all done without disturbing anyone else on the beach! According to fitness instructors, spinning for one hour burns up to 500 calories. Talk about a great way to start the day! This, however, wasn’t my first time spinning. In fact, I’ve done it several times in Montreal. That being said, you really can’t beat relaxation while working up a sweat on the beach! If you’re traveling in the area, you might want to sign up for a class; they’re $25 each or $120 for a one-month pass. Classes are offered every morning. Simply visit the hotel’s website for availability and registration.
If you’re thinking of taking a spinning class and would like some tips, here you go:
- Work out at your own pace; afterall, it’s not a race and the bikes aren’t going anywhere! Take the time to find your rhythm. The important thing is to never stop pedaling. Follow your coach’s instructions as best you can.
- If you’ve never taken a spinning class in your life, I recommend asking the coach to adjust your bike. A less than ideal position puts you at risk of a sprain or other injury. The same goes if you take a class at a different studio where the bikes might not be the same as those you’re used to. Two minutes of your time can change everything so don’t be embarrassed to ask for help!
- Don’t forget to bring a towel! Sweating during an outdoor class, like the one I took, is okay. However, when you’re taking a class indoors and you’re dripping with sweat, you might want to towel off whenever possible. Trust me! Also, don’t forget to bring water because you’re going to get thirsty!
If your plans for the immediate future don’t include a trip to California, don’t worry; there are numerous studios that offer spinning classes right here in Québec! Enjoy!
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