Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2014 -- Cycling is one of the easiest workouts to get into. There is little in way of equipment, clothing is easy to find and comfortable, and the movements are low-impact and easy to follow. However, there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the lingo often used by avid cyclists. Knowing this lingo can help a person find their way comfortably into this workout and help them get the most out of the time they spend in the cycling studio.
Position is a term often spoken at the beginning of a cycling class, and this refers to where the hands are placed on the handlebars. Most studio cycling bikes have three variations of hand positions: first position is at the base of the handlebars parallel to the hips, second is on the outside of the handles, and third is on the top two points at the end of the handlebars. This helps a person get set up on the bike, and know where to place the hands during different phases of the workout to help balance and work different muscle groups.
Resistance is another term heard in group cycling classes, and refers to how hard the legs have to work to push the pedals. Low resistance will resemble an easy downhill ride, and higher resistance will feel as though the bike is being pushed up a steep hill. Higher resistance is where the work comes in for the class, and low resistance is used for recovery and warm up tracks. Resistance is controlled by a brake on the cycle, often located underneath the handlebars.
The saddle refers to the seat of the bike, of which all riders will be on and off of during the class. When the instructor cues to be out of the saddle, this is where the heavy work in the class will come in with high resistance. To help find a comfortable position in both the saddle and handlebar placement, ask for assistance from the instructor at the beginning of class.
Finally, while many studios label the classes as indoor cycling, spinning is another common term that refers to the same type of exercises. Knowing these key terms will help any beginner get set up and started and riding to better health in no time.
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