Archive for January, 2014

Self Magazine: Spinning Does NOT Bulk Your Thighs

By Jennifer Sage On January 18, 2014 1 Comment

Spin ClassDid you know that Spinning makes you fat?! While this ridiculous claim isn’t anything new, it started up again last fall with Harper’s Bazaar, then Redbook in early January (quoting the dubious Tracy Anderson), then a hyped-up media waterfall including the Daily Mail, ABC, Today and Good Morning America—and probably many more that I don’t know about—all squawking that Spinning makes you fat or gives you bulky thighs. All wrong of course.

So it was refreshing when a mainstream popular magazine actually got it right! It’s funny though, they consider this an “exclusive”, and that only Self knows the truth! Oh well, I’ll let them think that, as long as they print more articles like this.

I’ve reprinted the article in full below,

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Interval Bicycling Workouts to Use in Your Spinning® Classes

By Jennifer Sage On January 11, 2014 1 Comment

blurrylegs medium sizeIn indoor cycling / Spinning® classes, HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is probably the technique used by more instructors than any other. HIIT is important and it is fun (well, to some people!) but if that’s all you do then you are probably asking for trouble; it’s important to have balance. But that is the subject of a completely different post; this one is to share two interval training articles from Bicycle Magazine by Selene Yeager.

The first is Interval Bike Workouts for Power and Performance.

As the article says:

Intervals. The very word triggers groans of dread from even the most training-obsessed cyclists. But these short, misery-inducing efforts offer a huge fitness return for a comparatively small time investment. Even 20- to 30-second micro-intervals have been shown to increase V02 max,

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Calories Burned While Cycling…But Should Calories Be Important?

By Jennifer Sage On January 3, 2014 7 Comments

beyond-pedaling-IC classBicycling magazine just posted an article on how calories work. The article is really too short to explain much at all, but I do like the following:

Your Garmin says you torched 500 calories. You decide you deserve an extra slice of pizza. But you’d have burned nearly 70 calories parked on your chair during that same hour. So your ride probably dispatched closer to 430. “People overestimate what they burn,” says Stephen Secor, PhD, of the University of Alabama. The real amount also depends on factors like body composition and fitness level.

It’s one of the reasons why so many people overestimate the amount of calories they burn in a cycling class, then go have a venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks afterwards as a reward, then wonder why they never lose

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