The Risks of Low Cadence and High Resistance in Indoor Cycling ClassesBy Jennifer Sage On March 26, 2012 Under Cadence, Form and Technique
After my article on the Truth About Cadence in Indoor Cycling Classes appeared in Active.com, I got numerous suggestions to write about the other end of the spectrum – cadence that is too low.
We’ve all seen those Spinning® classes where the instructor asks students to continually raise the resistance or gear, until their cadence drops into the low 50’s, 40’s or even 30’s for rpm. I’ve even seen some Youtube videos where they seem to be pedaling at 15 or 20rpm if they are lucky. They seem to believe that if you have to pull on the handlebars to turn the pedals, that there is some strength benefit. In reality, it it is unproductive and dangerous, and is based on nothing more than “ego”.
The article was published today on Active.com, and as I often do in my articles, I compare the needs of cyclists versus non-cyclists who take (or teach) indoor cycling classes. I think the most important paragraph in this entire 3-page article is this one:
Here is the general rule that all instructors and students in Spinning® classes should follow: if the movement or technique is bad, ineffective or potentially dangerous for a cyclist, then it is also bad, ineffective or potentially dangerous for a non-cyclist. If a cyclist won’t pedal that slow because she’s smart enough to avoid the risk of injury, then it follows that a non-cyclist’s knees and back aren’t any less prone to injury.
Click here to read the article in its entirety on Active.com. Please feel free to forward it to all your instructor peers, students and group fitness coordinators. I received dozens of stories about the high cadence article being posted in cycling studios around the world, from Australia to Saudi Arabia to Bulgaria to Jamaica to Costa Rica! Let’s do the same for this one.