The spin room may be intimidating—there are a lot of bikes in a small space. Don’t be nervous. Hop on and prepare for a great workout!

Here are a few things you need to know before your first spin class:

SpinInstructors are high energy

Classes are generally set to music. Your instructor works hard to keep the energy of the room high. They will shout, cheer, and make jokes. Have fun with it!

Set-up is important

It’s extremely important to set up your bike in advance. Adjust the height of your seat, the pedals, and the handlebars to match your body. This will make the class more comfortable and easier on your body.

Expect a vigorous workout

Spin workouts are fast-paced and high energy. For 40 to 60 minutes you will be working your core muscles and sweating your butt off. Make sure you’re eating and hydrating well in advance in order to set yourself up for success.

You can go at your own pace

Even though this is a fast-paced workout, you can work at your own speed. You know your body and you know your limits. If you need to move a little slower, do that! Especially if you’re new to class. Take it slow. Find your groove!

spin classWear the right clothes

Make sure your clothes are not too tight and not too loose. If they’re too tight, you’ll be uncomfortable. If they’re too loose, they could get in the way. Wear light, breathable clothing that moves when you movie!

Bring water

This is a fast-paced workout. You will sweat more than you think you will. To stay hydrated, show up to class with a full water bottle and a towel. This will keep your energy up for the entire workout.

Arrive early

Unlike other group exercise classes, this class requires equipment. There are a limited number of bikes at each location—be sure to show up early and reserve you bike. This will also give you time to prepare for the upcoming class.


If you’re a fan of spin, sign up for one of our upcoming Indoor Triathlons! It’s a combination of swim, running, and spin. We are hosting one at the Guilderland YMCA and the Southern Saratoga YMCA.