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The Don’t List: Cycling Workout Don’ts

We’re back with another edition of The Don’t List. Today we’re taking a closer look at working out on a stationary bike. While this is perhaps one of the easier-to-use machines in your arsenal, there are still a few things you should avoid doing to ensure you get the best possible workout every time you hit the bike. To nail down things you should never do during a cycling workout we spoke with Aaptiv trainer Edouard Hall. Check out his tips below and start getting the most out of your cycling routine. 1. Don’t use any kind of weighted equipment while on the bike (i.e hand weights, body bars, or tubing) Lifting weight on a bike is ineffective and unsafe. Weight training is most effective when the body and core muscles are stabilized, this is difficult to accomplish on a bike. Lifting weights while doing a cycling workout will also alter your heart rate response which will interfere with energy zone training. 2. Don’t ride with one or no hands Riding with one or no hands on the …

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Aaptiv 101: Indoor Cycling

We see those wheels turning. Indoor cycling workouts have totally redefined modern fitness. In fact, it was those boutique spin classes that first got us thinking about Aaptiv. We wanted to figure out how to capture that wildly motivating combo of heart-pumping music and a engaged instructor and make it accessible to all. We knew indoor cycling workouts would be a major part of our platform. But we get that these workouts can seem intimidating, especially if you haven’t been on a bike since the days of training wheels. So why should you consider a sit and spin? Well, these classes have a major cardio component that helps you blast fat, improve heart health, and boost endurance. It’s also an incredible way to build lower body strength without joint impact, making it a perfect workout if you’re recovering from an injury or for conditions like arthritis. All of our cycling classes use various interval training techniques. Your trainer will lead you through uphill climbs, speed bursts, and sweet recoveries. More advanced classes will also have you …