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If you’ve been anywhere near a gym, or anyone who exercises, you’ll have no doubt heard about spinning. Spinning has conquered the fitness world over the last decade and Fitness Town carries a wide selection of spin bikes for your home gym.

When it comes to aerobic exercise, the spin bike is the king of the castle. Maybe you’re thinking about starting spinning or have just purchased your a spin bike for your home gym, here is a handy guide to how to set up your spin bike the right way!

How to Use a Spin Bike

Walking into a spin class or figuring out how to use your spin bike at home for the first time can be intimidating. Even though everything about spinning is high octane it's important to take the time to make sure your bike is set up right for you to make sure you get the most out of your spinning session. Here are 5 tips to using spin bike the right way!

1. Adjust the Saddle Height

You need to make sure that your legs can extend when you’re pedalling otherwise you won’t benefit from the full range of motion. To do this, sit on your spin bike, put your feet on the pedals, and pedal backward.

If your knees don’t fully extend then you need to heighten the saddle. If your hips rock sidewards when you’re pedalling then you need to lower the saddle. Getting the seat height right is not just about comfort, its also about looking after your knees!

2. Adjust the Saddle Angle

You will need to adjust the angle of the saddle which can tip forward and backward. You’ll need to make sure that the saddle is set in a way that can support all of your body weight.

If the saddle is angled too far upwards then it can restrict movement by pressing into the back of your upper legs and put unnecessary pressure on your joints. If it’s angled too far down then you’re likely to start slipping off during your spinning routine. This means your arms will have to work harder to keep you on the bike.

3. Adjust the Handlebars

Adjusting the height of the handlebars is crucial for your neck and back. If the handlebars are too low then you’ll be stooped over the bike and this will put a lot of unwanted pressure on your spine.

Set the handlebars so that you can comfortably reach all the positions on the handlebars. You should be bending forward, but it should feel comfortable.

4. Adjust the Pedal Clips or Straps

Spin bikes either have pedal clips or straps. Pedal clips clip directly to cycling shoes. Straps wrap around the top of your shoes. Make sure the straps are tight enough to so that you have a smooth range of motion when you’re pedalling. You should be able to pull upwards as comfortably as you can push down with your foot.

5. Resistance

When it comes to how to lose weight with a spin bike it's all about the correct adjustment of the resistance. You want enough resistance that your workout is challenging, but you also want to be able to get through the whole workout.

Finding the right resistance for you is trial and error, but speak to fellow spinners and they’ll be able to help out.

Time for a Spin!

Spinning is an excellent way to lose weight, improve cardiovascular health, and build muscle endurance in the legs. Now you know how to use a spin bike, you can take full advantage of spinning at home.

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