If you envision a spin studio as a big room filled with super-fit people (who all know each other), huddled around their usual bikes, chatting it up and stretching out their quads, you’re not too far off. Places with diehard devoted followings like SoulCycle and Flywheel can be intimidating for a newbie, but that shouldn’t keep you away. We asked the pros at California’s Beatbike to share the tips they wish every first-timer knew. (Spoiler alert: You should know it’s going to hurt at first.) Plan on joining in on the cycling phenomenon this year? Keep reading to make sure your first class goes as smoothly as possible!
“Spinning for your first time is already nerve-wracking, make it easier on yourself by arriving at least 15 minutes before class so that you have time to get to know your bike and feel comfortable in the room.” –Beatbike owner/founder Ashton Whited
“When choosing your pants, go for dark colors—something that won't show off your sweaty crotch. Definitely steer clear of sweatpants and cotton. They will get too hot and hinder your mobility.” –Beatbike instructor and personal trainer Trudy Stevens
“Those well-endowed should double bra it! Also, keep in mind you going to be bending over a lot. If you don't want prying eyes on your cleavage, don’t choose anything too low cut.” –Beatbike instructor and personal trainer Trudy Stevens
“Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I can't emphasize this enough. Hydrating before class is imperative for your body to make it through the cardio. Bring extra water for during class as well. Hydrate after class too. I have also found it helpful to drink a bottle of Gatorade after class to replenish all of the electrolytes in my body.” –Beatbike instructor Bailey Huff
“Before class, don't eat too heavy or too light, and definitely do not come in on an empty stomach. Energy is imperative for stamina in class, and essential for not feeling faint while burning all of those calories! What you put in your body will reflect your performance on the bike.” –Beatbike instructor Bailey Huff
“You will be wearing spin shoes. Our studio offers complimentary shoe rentals for every class, but don’t forget socks—always key when you’re getting sweaty!” – Beatbike instructor Suzy Cardenas
“Stretching is extremely important not only after your ride, but also before—especially if you’re a first-timer. First-time riders will inevitably be sore after their first ride, but if you come to class stretched out, you won't feel nearly as sore as those who didn't!” – Beatbike instructor Bailey Huff
Are you a seasoned spinner? Share your tips for the new riders out there in the comments below!