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What is Spin ?

Spinning is a term that is widely used to describe long, intense and fun sessions of indoor cycling classes held in gyms and health clubs around the world. The term ‘Spinning’ was coined and patented by Mad Dogg Athletics, a company started by two legendary cyclists who were initially just looking for a way to train indoors on bad weather days.


A Brief History of Spin

The whole idea and concept of ‘Spinning’ was born out of the brain of the founder, Johnny Goldberg. Johnny was already a decorated cyclist before he completed the long and arduous biking journey of 544 miles to Arizona without stopping. What enabled him to complete this incredible athletic feat was his very own indoor cycling training program that he formulated and practised in his garage.  After his success, he decided to take his training protocol to the market and start a series of indoor cycling workout sessions where he would coach his students in a choreographed manner while incorporating the use of heart rate monitors and certain breathing techniques that he would use while cycling.


The classes went so well that Goldberg figured that he should partner with his long time friend and fellow cyclist, John Baudhuin to design an improved indoor cycling bike with better ergonomics and design for his classes. The Duo designed an incredible prototype that they were happy with and commissioned the creation of 150 such more bikes that they placed in various gyms and studios. The reception was nothing short of fantastic and so they decided to not only licence the manufacturing of their bikes to Schwinn Cycling but also found a new Start-up a company under the name of Mad Dogg Athletics. So, in 1994, which was perhaps the biggest year in history for indoor cycling, Mad Dogg Athletics became the official cycling company responsible for developing the indoor cycling training concept called ‘Spinning’.

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In the years to come, the company also started an instructor certification and training program to train cyclists and other health professional who wanted to coach the programs. Apart from this, they also ventured into the home space with a specially designed series of Indoor cycling DVD’s with instructional and calorie burning workouts for people at home.

Spinning and Spin Classes

Spin classes are designed to deliver intense, calorie burning workouts. Classes are usually held in gyms, fitness studios or health clubs. The size of the class can vary and include a large or small group of people cycling together under the instruction of a Spinning professional and coach. Sessions range between shorter 30 min classes to longer and more intense 75 min classes.


Music is also an integral part of the Spinning experience, as is the loud and pumped voice of the instructor yelling out instructions to his cyclists to make important transitions in the workout. The entire spinning experience is designed to motivate and push the individual to get the maximum out of each workout.

People of all ages and fitness levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate. While no is pushed into doing over exertion that might cause injury, they are encouraged to amp slowly up their intensity levels and join the tempo of the group. Participants can burn anywhere between 400 to 800 calories in a single session depending on their level of fitness and the intensity at which they train.

Trim belly fat fast with the Rowing machine

The Rowing machine has been at the heart of rigorous training protocols throughout the greater part of the 21st century. Although it disappeared from main stream fitness for sometime, it has been hugely instrumental in training elite rowers as well as athletes across various other sports including sprinting, marathon running, weight lifting and more. Recently it has gained a lot of popularity in fitness circles and especially in gyms and health clubs across the world. Its resurgence is mainly because fitness professionals have started paying a lot more attention to the quick results that the rower promises even to the novice athletes.

Rowing machine

It became widely evident to most professionals that the ERG (aka ergometer) or the indoor rower promises several health benefits to beginners as well as many overweight and even obese people. Today, you can find a rowing machine in almost every gym or health club alongside the parade of other cardio machines including treadmills, cross trainers, and ellipticals. However, the rowing machine is superior to these other cardio machines in more ways than one.

Strength and Endurance

While the treadmill and elliptical provide a certain degree of cardiovascular training, the rowing machine goes beyond just cardio to offer a combination of strength and endurance training. Rowing requires engaging several muscle groups while also providing a phenomenal cardiovascular workout at the same time.

Full Body Workouts

Rowing is a full body exercise. Unlike, running or using the elliptical, when your row, you engage muscles in your legs, core, back, chest, shoulders and even your arms. Pretty incredible right! So you don’t have to worry about exercising different parts of your body separately. You get your cardio as well as you strength training all packed into one.

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Soft on the Joints

Running on the treadmill has been proven to cause various knee injuries. Indoor cycling also puts a lot of stress on the back, and the elliptical too has its fair share of issues. The indoor rower, on the other hand, is perfectly easy on the joints and the body. This is why literally anyone can use it, regardless of age or fitness level.

High Calorie Burn

A single session of training on the workout can burn anywhere between 300- 600 calories. All it takes is 30 mins at a decently hard intensity level, three times a week and you can comfortably achieve the target of losing 1-2 pounds a week. If you’re more committed and have more time, you could easily lose 10 -12 lbs in a month.

Burns Belly Fat

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Belly fat is usually the most stubborn fat to lose, whether you’re a man or a woman. However, for men in specific, it is the last place that fat remains to be burned. For women, it is usually the thighs and the butt that are the most stubborn fatty areas to burn. There couldn’t be a more effective tool that the rower to help lose that stubborn belly fat. The best workouts that promise the best results include interval training as well as HIIT (High-intensity Interval Training) that helps to burn the most belly fat.


The indoor rower is without a doubt the most effective tool for losing weight and burning stubborn bell fat. All it takes a 20-30 mins of your time about 3-4 times a week and you will have the physique that you desire.

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