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One of the most popular workouts at a gym near you is the cycling or spinning class. Spinning helps build endurance, strength, and at an impact level that you control. Taking a spinning class can be exhilarating and leave you drenched with sweat. While it is a great workout, it may be challenging to get a spot in the class as they fill up quickly due to popularity. If you are frustrated by not being able to consistently get an open bike for spinning class at your local gym, you should consider adding one to your home gym. There are many great features to consider when selecting the right bike. This article will provide some tips to picking out a great spin bike for your home gym, and you can also find out additional information in the Body Gear Guide.
- Flywheel. This part is important as it makes a big difference between bikes of varying price points. It is common to have a spin bike with a flywheel that ranges between 30 and 50 pounds. It is this weight that helps give the same feel that you would get when riding outside. A good rule of thumb is that the heavier the flywheel, the harder it will be to pedal and it will also require additional effort when slowing down.
- Console. Not all bikes are equipped with a console but it is nice to get one that is if you have the room in your budget. A console can keep track of RPMs, KCal, time, and your level of resistance. Having a console makes dialing in or taking off resistance much easier than if you didn’t have a monitor to let you know what level you are on.
- Accessories. You do not need much on a bike and the accessories department is rather bleak. As long as you have a place to put your water bottle and perhaps drape a fitness towel, you are good to go. The point of the spinning bike is to simulate what it is like riding outside and therefore does not offer advanced features like other machines provide.
- Pedals. This may not seem important but they truly are. Pedals are typically the same type that is used on an outdoor bike as they make it easier to attach your foot to the pedals. In addition to being able to attach your foot, it is nice to have additional support with the toe clips. Before making a purchase, it is best to try out the pedals and make sure that they feel right on your feet.
- Budget. As with any purchase, it is important that you create a budget and stay within the parameters you set for what you can afford. There is no sense in purchasing a spin bike that you are unable to afford and that you will have to spend years paying off. When conducting research, be sure to look at all options at varying price points so you know what features you must have compared to those that may be nice but are not necessarily worth the money. By being fiscally responsible with this purchase, you will likely be able to add other machines and equipment to your home gym to make it more complete.