Post # 1
I attended my first spinning class in January and LOVED it. I combine my spin class with three or four other trips to the gym per week, where I usually do 30 minutes of cardio followed by weights.
I’ve been afraid of attending spin too often because, while I want to tone my legs, I’m afraid of them getting too big (I tend to build muscle pretty quickly). For those who spin, how many classes per week do you attend? I’m considering adding a second class midweek but I don’t want to over do it. This past week I went twice because I missed my usual Saturday class last week and my legs felt more tired than usual after two classes in three days.
Sure I’m worrying about nothing here but was just curious how often people go.
Post # 2
i usually spin 2x a week. the only way your legs are going to get big is if you spin with heavy, heavy (and I mean heavy) resistance for long periods of time.
Post # 3
I spin 4-6 times a week. My legs never got bigger, but they sure did get sexier. Lol. I love the way they look and I work out HARD every time I go. They haven’t gotten bulky in the year and a half I’ve been riding.
Post # 4
SuperKate: I was initially scared (about 8 yrs ago) about spinning making my legs big (since they’re already pretty big), but spinning doesn’t build bulk at all. spinning isn’t similar at all to weight lifting. It’s cardio only pretty much. Just like you aren’t worried about building bulk from running or the elliptical, spinning is the same. I recently bought a home spin bike so I spin nearly every day now, but used to do classes 3-4 times a week for years and it only helped me lose weight, I never got bigger at all from spinning. To understand better- Instead of thinking of the spin bike resistance as weight, think of it like biking up a steep hill or running up a steep hill- that’s a more accurate comparison. It’s not weight lifting. Just like running or biking up a steep hill, your legs will burn and feel tired, but you aren’t building bulk or muscles really.
Post # 5
Thanks for the responses! Not sure where I got the idea that attending too often bulked up your legs.
I’ll aim to go twice weekly for a while and see how that goes.