Just back from my first attempt at a spinning class (because I've done my share of rule 9 so far this week!) utterly drained...
I took my spds and shorts and set the bike up as I would a road bike, warming up I wound on the resistance until the point where I could feel the brake contacting the flywheel then another turn, this allowed me to spin at around 80rpm with a soft pedal just to get the legs moving. More than soft pedalling allowed the flywheel to run away.
As the class started I turned back the resistance to the point of contact not knowing how far the instructor would push the class (figuring I could always turn it up more later)
After around a minute of seated spinning with initial resistance, we were instructed to turn on one whole turn of resistance, after another minute another full turn. The next minute was spent in 'semi seated' position, which given my setup was akin to a sprint on the drops - not something that I'm unable to do on the road, but with little resistance the position was more like holding a stress position. Then we were instructed to move into a 'running' position, basically standing upright, all I could do was to move my hands onto the tops and straighten my arms out.
The class continued along the lines of 50% semi seated with 25% each of seated and running, adding a full turn of resistance every third minute, even when most of the class were virtually stalling even when standing on the pedals... I however stuck to seated and just used the instructions as a timer for my own intervals whilst keeping to a minimum cadence of 60rpmish.
By the end of the class I was absolutely soaking to the point where I could actually wring out my towel and had a good puddle under the bike.
Have I got the wrong end of the stick regarding 'spinning'? the name sort of suggests high cadence workout and maybe a short sprint or three. I really wasn't expecting to on sit down for 10 minutes of a 45 minute class and be expected to run as strength training.
Or have I just found a dud class?