Indoor cycling is good for your health! That’s the word from personal trainer Amy Wagner, who teaches spin at PWC. For several months, Amy has been offering Spin for Beginners as a pop up class. Good news: As of January 2022, Spin for Beginners can now be found on the monthly schedule. Join Amy on Tuesdays at 10 am weekly!

Amy shares her thoughts on spin:

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. 

We offer several indoor cycling classes at Powell Wellness Center each week.  Denoted as spin class on the group fitness schedule, the classes are held at various times to ensure a time that fits your schedule.  If you have never tried cycling, or are fairly new, be sure to arrive early so the instructor can help you set up, or choose a beginner’s class that will walk you through the whole process.

I frequently hear members say, “I can’t spin.” 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 spin 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 spin 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!

Trainer tip: Try spin for cardiovascular health, calorie burn, endurance, and muscle strength (lower body and core). Add weight training to your spin classes for an effective workout. All fitness levels can enjoy spin, and it is easier on the joints than many other cardiovascular activities.

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.

If you’d like to set up a personal training session with Amy, please contact training manager Whitney Propps at or 540-445-5388.