Your first ride at Lead Cycle
If you’re new to cycling and not sure what to expect at Lead Cycle, here are a few tips to get you started.
- Listen to your body, you control your speed and your tension, so do what is right for you. The Lead Cycle Instructors will queue you through the class and guide you on your journey.
- Cycle shoes are not required, however, cycle shoes do create a better workout and allow you to get more integration of muscles in the legs for an overall better workout. They can also limit the discomfort sometimes caused by street shoes.
- If you have a Heart Rate Monitor, feel free to bring it, this can help you to achieve your goals and give you a solid idea of how you’re doing in a class.
- Don’t go faster than everyone else, dramatically faster than everyone else means you likely don’t have the right resistance and you may not be doing yourself any favours.
- Don’t sit in the very back row – get a good vantage point and be able to watch the instructor and use them as a guide.
- If you have joint issues, indoor cycling minimizes the impact on the joints and might be perfect for you!
What to expect:
- Cycling or spinning is great work for your quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves and core and gives you a big calorie burn.
Don’t be intimidated:
- Cycling or spinning is less intimidating that you may think, so don’t let the unknown stop you from trying it out.
What to wear:
- This is personal preference but fitted clothing is better.
- As mentioned above, cycle shoes are not required but bring your runners!
What to bring:
- Bring water! You will want to have a water bottle in your class and the S’Well bottles fit perfectly on the bike. 😉
- Bring a towel if you want to wipe off the sweat from all of your hard work.
Before you arrive:
- Eat: Make sure you’ve got enough in your tank to hit the bike, but not too much.
- Hydrate: Stay well hydrated before, during and after class.
- Arrive: First time riders are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early so that you can get comfortable and properly situated on the bike (the instructor will also help you with the fit as class gets started).