Posts Tagged ‘contraindications’

Welcome to Spin Class: You Won’t Last!

By Jennifer Sage On April 6, 2014 1 Comment

pushups in cycling class

This is a humorous account of a cycling class, called “Welcome to Spin Class: You Won’t Last” that appeared in the NY Times last week. I tell you what, I wouldn’t last in this class either! It points out the ridiculousness of many classes these days. Read it for a good laugh!

By Joyce Wadler

Congratulations on signing up for spin class. For building muscles and cardio, it’s the best exercise there is. Good on you. Give yourself a hand. You may find the workouts challenging in the beginning, so for you newcomers, a tip:

When class is over, do not leave the gym for 15 minutes. That way when you collapse, our specially trained instructors will be there to call 911. (It also ensures that unattractive strangers will not be

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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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Awkward Gym Moments That Make You Go “WTH? Is This For Real?”

By Jennifer Sage On September 22, 2013 6 Comments

My bet is that most people would have the same reaction to this lifting “technique” if they witnessed it in the gym, whether they are instructors, trainers, or just the general public:

The reaction would include one or more of the following: Facepalm. Mouth agape followed by a breathy “O.M.G!” An incredulous “WTH?” (or other similar letters). Hysterical laughter. Some might even run to her aid to protect her from herself.

But many of those same people who recognize the danger and stupidity of this monkeying around on the lat pull-down machine will turn around and go to an indoor cycling class in which they ignore all tenets of biomechanics, exercise, and cycling science. They will rationalize that it’s OK because “we’re not cyclists” or “this is not cycling.” They won’t draw the parallel with this woman’s dangerous lifting antics in the video above.

So, if this woman rationalized her technique by saying,

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20 (Unspoken) Rules of Indoor Cycling (Fitbie)

By Jennifer Sage On March 20, 2013 3 Comments

Rachel Rachel Buschert Vaziralli is a Schwinn Master Trainer from New York who I’ve written about on this blog before. Well, Rachel and I are completely on the same page with indoor cycling. She is currently getting her master’s degree in exercise physiology and agrees with me about why instructors shouldn’t be doing some of the popular, trendy (read: silly) moves on an indoor bike, and in fact, we often share rants on Facebook about the shenanigans instructors and/or students do! (Note: Incidentally, regarding that post I just linked to about Rachel, she won the Fit or Flop competition!)

Anyway, one of Rachel’s recent rants got picked up by Fitbie online magazine, which posted it as an article. (Click here to read the post online.) I’ve pasted it below

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Push-ups While Spinning: Why or Why Not?

By Jennifer Sage On February 18, 2013 10 Comments

Superfluous moves that have nothing to do with real cycling are pretty rampant these days in indoor cycling classes and studios around the world. These include popular techniques such as push-ups, crunches, one-arm and no-arm pedaling, hovers, tap-backs, and many more. If you are lucky enough not to have seen this style of “Spinning” or indoor cycling before, then here’s your chance in this YouTube video of a German cycling class that contains some of the most aggressive “push-ups” I’ve seen. [Of course, this is not true Spinning®, as the official program does not teach or condone ineffective and unsafe moves such as this. But the vast majority of the population still refers to any indoor cycling as such, hence the quotation marks.]

Warning: Turn down your volume before you view this video.

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“I’d Rather Sell My Soul Than Soul Cycle”

By Jennifer Sage On January 29, 2013 38 Comments

“I’d rather sell my soul than Soul Cycle, frankly.”

That was the quote in an article in Gawker, an online entertainment magazine. Three employees from Gawker were invited to take a free class at Soul Cycle in Manhattan. The article is quite entertaining, and Soul Cycle will no doubt rue the day they invited Rich, Caity, and Leah to attend a class. But hey, they opened themselves up to honest evaluation!

I realize that these three have never taken any kind of Spinning® or indoor cycling class; in fact, they aren’t really exercisers at all, so they might joke about any class. But I do not think they would be quite as irreverent if they attended a cycling class in which the instructor taught like a

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What to say when your Spinning students want to do crunches

By Jennifer Sage On September 29, 2012 1 Comment

Spinning contraidicationFluff. That’s what so many of these contraindicated movements are, the ones that are popular in so many classes around the world. Almost all of them have zero benefit, many are very high risk (to knee, hip, spine, or shoulder joints or to the musculature of the body), but most are plain and simply ineffective at doing what they purport to do—like lifting 1-lb weights to strengthen the upper body or doing oblique crunches sitting upright. So basically, they are all just fluff.

Fluff that takes away from your opportunity to do some real work and obtain real results.

Hold that thought for a moment, I’m going off-topic.

Today I was reading about an online educational internet marketing event that I’m interested in taking. As you no doubt know, ICA is an

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Hot Spinning Back in the News

By Jennifer Sage On August 18, 2012 3 Comments

This article from the online fitness journal Greatist asks the question Are Hot Workouts Safe? I covered this topic back in January 2012 in this post. But this topic will keep resurfacing as more and more studios adopt gimmicks that they think will set them apart and increase their popularity. Many employ these gimmicks without doing their research, and in doing so, put their students and members at risk.

This article correctly challenges the belief that excessive sweating “clears away toxins” and that heating up a room, even “only” to 82 degrees, is inconsequential. They give some suggestions on how to tolerate the heat by staying hydrated and to slow the pace if it becomes unbearable. But I believe they left out a few major points about the dangers and misinformation of working out in an

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By Jennifer Sage On April 6, 2012 19 Comments

Did you see this segment this morning on Good Morning America about “Spinning Classes Popularity Continues Rise“.

How does the national media continually get away with calling these programs Spinning®? Don’t they know anything about trademark violation? Would they highlight any Latin dance fitness class and call it Zumba? No, they wouldn’t. This is a national news program after all, and I know they’ve been contacted after past “Spinning” segments that weren’t “Spinning”. I would think that Flywheel, featured this morning on Good Morning America, would adamantly insist prior to the airing that the word Spin® or Spinning® should not be used on the air or on their website or Yahoo site. (Still, this is the media’s fault, not Flywheel’s. They don’t call themselves Spinning.)

Indoor cycling is the generic term. However, proper and effective indoor cycling of ANY kind, whether it is the official “Spinning” or not, should still be based on

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The Battle of the Bulge in the 1940’s

By Jennifer Sage On March 28, 2012 3 Comments

We can laugh at bad exercise advice 70 years later, but do we have the insight to recognize poor exercise advice when it’s in our face? Is society just as gullible now as these women were back then? Back then, exercise science wasn’t very advanced, but in the modern age, it’s amazing the crazy things people will do in the name of fitness!

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