Why You Hate Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Classes but Will Love It Now

Why You Hate Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Classes but Will Love It Now

It’s not often I meet Indoor Cycling class (aka Spinning) haters.  Most of the people I meet are devotees or recent converts.  Then again, I have been teaching it for … ahem, 23 years. From time to time however, I occasionally meet someone who grumbles when I suggest they try the workout if they’re trying to jump start their weight loss or cardiovascular goals. If you scratch your head wondering why everyone seems to love this workout but you, let’s talk.   Physical Benefits of Indoor Cycling Here are just a few reasons people swear by it:   Lets you burn a lot of calories with no impact on the joints. There are very few workouts aside from swimming that can make that claim. Develops great looking legs Improves cardiovascular endurance. Gives you a major endorphin high!   Once you get the bug, addiction is imminent.  There’s a few reasons for this.   Addiction Factors The music. When you find an instructor who plays music that moves you, it psyches you up and makes the work feel easier. The learning curve. Of all the workouts, aside from walking, the learning curve of indoor cycling is FAST.  Pretty much anyone can pedal a bike.  It only takes a few classes to get proficient. The ambiance. Room ambiance, mood lighting, thumping sound system, other motivated people, and your own little space where no one can get in your way. So how can anyone not love it?   These are the most common complaints I’ve heard from Spinning Haters:   It hurts my butt (or worse) It hurts my knees It hurts...
And Today It Began….

And Today It Began….

The path to change starts with the first step.  Today it began!  This is day one of an 8 week transformation project.  I have promised at least 20+ lbs. of weight loss (more is possible), defined muscles, more strength and stamina and above all, pride in the fact they stuck it out and committed.  8 weeks isn't a really long time for a testimonial user group to train.  My job is to keep them motivated, uninjured (at least nothing requiring surgery - maybe just ice!) and sticking to their commitment of lifestyle change.  For most, that means watching what goes in *as food* and maximizing what comes out *as exercise*.  I hope to keep them all until the end! My hats are off to them.  It won't be easy, but it WILL be worth it! What's it all about?  The group are going to be the "before & afters" subjects for an infomercial product getting ready to launch in the U.S.  It's a pretty cool piece of equipment or I would have had reservations about doing it.  I can't reveal the product yet, but will when the show is...
Comparing Three Popular Diet Trends: Paleo vs Keto vs Mediterranean

Comparing Three Popular Diet Trends: Paleo vs Keto vs Mediterranean

If you’re looking to be the fittest you can be you’ve undoubtedly looked into the diets that are likely to support your goals. You’re interested in being lean, maintaining muscle, peak performance and blowing away your doctor every time at your yearly physical. Unless you really are a cave dweller, you have heard of the Paleo (or similarly named) diets before. If you follow biohackers and scientific diet research, you’ve heard of the Ketogenic diet. And, if you ever watch or read the news, you most certainly have heard of the Mediterranean diet. Have you given any of them a try, maybe skimmed the surface or are considering which one might be best for you? When it comes to these three popular diets, Christopher Gardner, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine and Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford University says, “the public health community should be open to these, and every other diet. We have an obesity epidemic that we haven’t been able to solve, and this goes hand in hand with a chronic disease epidemic that is crippling the health care system of the US.” So let’s look at these three diet trends, two of which have reliable research to back them up.  They all include a moderate to high amount of protein intake which Americans love (a topic Dr. Gardener will be lecturing on this week). They can each give you great results for losing weight and improving important biomarkers. The issue, as with any diet is, can you adhere to one of these long term? Continue reading below or click here to read on Huffington Post Let’s start...