Indoor cycling is a dynamic physical activity that keeps your energy levels high and stimulates the production of endorphins in the body. In addition to providing you with your daily dose of the happiness hormone, working out while cycling never gets boring as it involves a variety of levels of difficulty and implies running on alert rhythmic music, stimulating your entire body.
There are plenty of benefits that one may consider when choosing cycling classes as a relaxation activity:
1. You will get the energy you need to give 100% of yourself within your entire workout
2. Define your muscles
Compared to outdoor cycling, indoor cycling is more complex because it involves rhythm changes, retention, and alert pedaling. Cycling classes are a cardio workout designed like a Tour de France course, which not only stimulates your cardiovascular circulation but also develops your lung capacity, without increasing the muscular mass which is being defined through toning and flexibility. Repeated sprinters and racing pedal effort, interspersed with active recovery moments and longer intervals that test physical strength, play an active role in increasing the levels of lactic acid in the body, fat annihilation, calorie burning, and building a toned body.
3. The quality of sleep improves and memory is stimulated
Indoor cycling exercises are dynamic and tonic, but at the end of the day, the body experiences intense physical effects, making your night’s sleep deeper and more peaceful. In addition, because it uses cardio exercises, cycling has beneficial effects on the nervous system, reducing agitation and anxiety, and improving your ability to concentrate.
1. Cycling uses a special type of bike
The cycling bicycle is different from the classic one you ride in the park, as it is designed according to the structure of cycling classes, simulating the conditions of the road and giving the cyclist the opportunity to adjust the degree of difficulty/resistance. In indoor cycling, the fundamental principle of functioning is to increase heart rate and rhythm fluctuations in order for the training to be truly successful.
2. There are 3 types of basic cycling movements
In indoor cycling training, we distinguish three types of basic movements that work alternately on different body muscles, avoiding painful muscle aches after workout:
- pedaling front-facing body with the hands on the two handles of the bicycle;
- pedaling with the body raised in the saddle, abdomen tightened and hands gently detached from the two handles;
- pedaling with the body slightly bent forward, with the raised bottom of the bicycle seat and both arms supported by the front of the handles.