Just in case you weren’t aware: indoor cycling is good for your health! 

Group fitness instructor Amy Wagner shares her thoughts on cycling:

“Not just a serious leg workout, indoor cycling is an effective way to burn calories, increase heart health and improve muscle endurance.  An excellent choice for aerobic exercise, cycling, combined with weight training, is an effective way to build strength.

Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves are all activated when you cycle. Huge muscle groups are firing and working simultaneously.  And don’t be afraid of increasing that resistance! Riding with higher resistance strengthens your core and lower body. 

When using proper form, the back and core are also engaged.  Cycling creates less stress on joints compared to some other cardio equipment, so for those with mild joint issues, cycling is worth pursuing.

Proper form is of utmost importance when taking an indoor cycling class.  No worries there; the instructor will ensure participants are reminded of mechanics, posture, weight distribution, and of course, provide plenty of encouragement and motivation. 

Indoor cycling classes will be held at Powell Wellness Center on selected mornings and one evening.  If you have never tried cycling, or are fairly new, be sure to arrive early so the instructor can help you set up.

I frequently hear members say, “I can’t cycle.” Or, as they come in the door, they tell me, “I am so nervous about taking this class.”  Some have even told me how scared they were to try the class.  Fear not!  As I have told many members, “We have all been newbies at some time” and “You are braver than most others because you pushed yourself to get on the bike today!”  So, kick your fear aside and try a cycling class, you might be surprised.

As always, if you have a question or want more information about ANY class don’t hesitate to ask an instructor.  We have a class that is just what you are looking for to get you closer to the goals you are reaching for.  Cheers!”

Amy Wagner is nationally certified by the AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) and AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association) and has been teaching cycling classes for seven years.