What are the Benefits of Indoor Cycling?

According to the U.S. Department of Health ".....regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of coronary disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.....and helps to control weight, contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints... reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression..." Need we go on? Cycling is also "low-impact" without the joint stress that you get from "ground-pounding" sports and activities. All good reasons to strap-in/clip-on and RYDE!

 

 

The History of Spinning® and Indoor Cycling

-Dawn Wolfe

People have been trying to get the benefits of cycling indoors for decades. I remember climbing on the contraption my great aunt Eleanor had in her master bathroom as a little girl. It looked like a bicycle – it had wheels, peddles, and handles – but the handles themselves moved forward and backward as you pedaled. This may have been safe for adults, but my very short five-year-old self had a comically short ride! Thankfully, my ego was bruised far worse than my nose...

Fortunately, indoor cycling started to become a true art and science when the now-famous Johnny Goldberg (“Johnny G”) invented Spinning® in the mid-1980's. Goldberg, who was an endurance bicycle racer (among other accomplishments), was hit by a car while training for a race at night. There had to be a better way – and indeed there was. Not only that, but Goldberg didn't stop with radically improving the indoor bicycle; in addition, he spent ten years developing Spinning as an entire workout program. In 1992, Goldberg and his partner John Baudhuin began manufacturing the first Spinner® bikes, and the first Spinning program was officially offered at Crunch Gyms in New York in 1993.

In the process, indoor cycling developed further and now everyone from endurance cyclists like Goldberg to complete fitness newbies can benefit from Spinning or other indoor cycling classes.

Today, Goldberg and Baudhuin's influence lives on in Mad Dogg Athletics, the certifying and standard-setting organization for all indoor cycling trainers. All of RydeOn!'s instructors have recently either certified or updated their Mad Dogg Spinning certifications so they can continue to offer the best indoor cycling classes available.

If RydeOn!'s instructors take Mad Dogg Athletics training, why doesn't RydeOn! use Spinner indoor cycles?

When Brigid and Christina first decided to open RydeOn! to serve the health and fitness needs of Saline, Ann Arbor, and the surrounding communities, they did extensive research into the types of available indoor cycles. They looked at Spinners, as well as other brands, before finally choosing to go with the Keiser M3. Keisers M3s are highly-adjustable – an important factor for people of all heights, not just (still!) short people like myself. Most important, the Keiser gives Ryders complete control over resistance with an electronic gear-changer that is much easier to use and more exact than the shifts on other available indoor cycles.

Indoor cycling has come a long way since I bumped my nose in my great aunt's bathroom. Today, RydeOn has followed in the tradition of Johnny Goldberg, John Baudhuin, and more than twenty years' worth of accumulated knowledge about the mechanics and benefits of indoor cycling to create classes that are as effective and safe as they are fun. RydeOn – and enjoy!

Sources:

Wikipedia entry on indoor cycling; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indoor_cycling

The Los Angeles Times: “The man Who Put a New Spin on Stationary Bikes,” April 17, 2000:
http://articles.latimes.com/2000/apr/17/health/he-20459

Mad Dogg Athletics: http://www.maddogg.com/history.html

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