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Fitness Freak: Spinning


So the idea of a spinning class makes me want to run a mile; sitting on a bike for a solid 45 minutes, working at a high resistance, trudging up an imaginary hill…Not my idea of fun. Exeter’s Forum hill is enough to put me off that for life!

However, after attending my first spinning lesson, I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes it was hard work and painfully slow at times (it was difficult not to clock-watch when all my body wanted to do was anything but what it was currently doing), but the final feeling when you’ve completed those 45 minutes is amazing!

The great thing about it is, you can control the resistance on your bike, making it as hard or as easy as you want. You control the class and the instructor just guides you. Yes, this can make people maybe a little lazy, but it also makes the class slightly more enjoyable with less pressure to keep up with the rest of the group. Basically, you will get out of it what you put into it. Looking for a full-frontal calorie burn after last night’s binge? In this class, it’s up to you to make that happen.




This high intensity aerobic class is accompanied by music, varying in genre depending on what your instructor goes for. The mixture of sprints and hill climbing burns fat – a giant tick in the fitness check list – and makes you sweat bucket loads. Spinning is a pretty high energy class, with lots of scope for you to choose how hard, or not so hard you feel like working. For me, it provided the perfect cardio boost, and I cannot wait for my next one!


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Hi everyone! My name is Aimee Corry and I'm currently a second year Drama student at Exeter University.
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