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Went to spin class today and decided to start logging it in connect

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/51796650

I went once last week but not for a year or more before that. The guy is okay. My buddy says the Monday and Friday morn guy is great but stays away from other instructors

What's your spin on spin class
 

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I'm a big fan of spin. It has definitely helped to improve my overall biking ability.

While, it's no replacement for getting on an actual bike, I go at lunchtime when getting on the road bike isn't possible.
 

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i went a few times last year. it depends on the instructor but i think at the time, the guy leading class had you getting in and out of the saddle a lot, while it can be nauseating, i thought it helped my hand coordination while riding on the bike.

overall i biked a fair amount this year, but never really improved and i think i actually lost some fitness, my weight stayed down and subsidized cycling w/running and some swimming. but its frustraitng when your out there cycling and there's no improvement:mad2:
 

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Not a big fan of spin classes. Have not done them in several years, but at one point I attended early morning classes a couple of times a week for a few months. Good workout but found the class routines and movements unnatural for cycling. Stopped going.

However, I did buy a quality spinner and enjoy the workout I get with it. Primarily during the winter or when pushed for time. Instead of a spin routine, I usually work on high cadence spins and leg speed. I flip on the TV or music and maintain 100+rpm for 30 - 60mins. I am usually gassed by the end. I find it helps with my overall cycling, road or mtb.
 

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For me it's not about increasing my biking skill outside of using the same general muscles. Spin is part of my general cross training plan - I improve my cycling skills on my road bike but my overall fitness is much higher with the addition of spin, weights, running, climbing, etc.
 

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Not a big fan of spin classes. Have not done them in several years, but at one point I attended early morning classes a couple of times a week for a few months. Good workout but found the class routines and movements unnatural for cycling. Stopped going.

However, I did buy a quality spinner and enjoy the workout I get with it. Primarily during the winter or when pushed for time. Instead of a spin routine, I usually work on high cadence spins and leg speed. I flip on the TV or music and maintain 100+rpm for 30 - 60mins. I am usually gassed by the end. I find it helps with my overall cycling, road or mtb.
what kind of spinner? i gave my bro a wheel set for his old fan style spin machine. some one gave me a trainor, i think its a performance 2000. i mounted the cheap bonty tire the guy gave me recomended. actually gave my bro whel set w/conti trainor specific. the cheap bonti is good as hyou can take it on the road the conti trainor you can't

i am in an apt, and my neighbor freaked when i did in my apt. occasionally i set up he trainor in the storeage room, but its a noisey st up, one time my heart rate hit 190 as it is hot down there. i since reached 190 heart rate a couple of times, i think once running outside when it was 100 deg fahrenheit
 

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I don't have a problem with spin classes, you just have to make them work for you. Whether it's logging base miles pre season, breaking up your cross training routine, or it's too nasty out. When the instructor's program turn's toward the abnormal, i just sit in the saddle and mash out a high cadence and they seem to understand.
 

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heart rate & cadence

i have a jerry rigged system for putting data in connect. i may bring my cheap polar and log ave heart rate. also thinking about binging a cadence sensor and magnet or velcro the magnet & senor on to ankle and machine

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/51796650

here below is the code i manually edit and upload to connect
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<gpx version="1.1" creator="Garmin Connect"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1 http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1/gpx.xsd http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensions/v3 http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensionsv3.xsd http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtension/v1 http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtensionv1.xsd"
  xmlns="http://www.topografix.com/GPX/1/1"
  xmlns:gpxtpx="http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/TrackPointExtension/v1"
  xmlns:gpxx="http://www.garmin.com/xmlschemas/GpxExtensions/v3" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
  <metadata>
    <link href="connect.garmin.com">
      <text>Garmin Connect</text>
    </link>
<time>2010-10-06T10:35:27Z</time>
  </metadata>
<trk>
<trkseg>
<trkpt lat="40.8645" lon="-74.065">
<ele>1</ele>
<time>2010-10-06T10:35:00Z</time>
        <extensions>
          <gpxtpx:TrackPointExtension>
            <gpxtpx:hr>150</gpxtpx:hr>
          </gpxtpx:TrackPointExtension>
        </extensions>
</trkpt>
<trkpt lat="40.8645" lon="-74.065">
<ele>1</ele>
<time>2010-10-06T11:25:00Z</time>
        <extensions>
          <gpxtpx:TrackPointExtension>
            <gpxtpx:hr>150</gpxtpx:hr>
          </gpxtpx:TrackPointExtension>
        </extensions>
</trkpt>
</trkseg>
</trk>
</gpx>
 

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Combined them not the 1st one though

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Are the spd shoes really unhealthy for you to use on the spin machine
 

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opted for weights & pool instead of spin class this morning, logged the swim time in connect editing the code above to reflect today's date, plus a run at lunch. i am almost tempted to put the bike on the trainor tonight, but am planning to cycle in the morning, in fact i already edited a previous ride and entered it into connect as it will be down tomorrow any way.

for me once or twice per week in spin class should be fine as i have a wide array of fitness interests:thumbsup:
 

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I've just started doing a couple of spins since I had surgery on my bicep. Purchased a trainer the other day and I'll probably spend most of my time on it till I can ride again.
 
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