What is Spinning?
Spinning is an indoor aerobic conditioning program utilizing stationary exercise bikes. It is performed in a group setting with the help of an instructor.
Why T.B.N. Spinning?
In spite of the TBN's recreational image many of us also see cycling as a way to stay fit and pursue a healthy lifestyle. Spinning is a complement to our other human powered activities and helps us maintain a our high level of fitness throughout the year. Members who stick with the program over the winter are able to start the season at the cycling fitness level they usually find themselves at in late May or June. People who plan to take cycling vacations over the winter or in early spring will also see obvious benefits. While the cost of participating is not insignificant, it is still less expensive than purchasing an annual health club membership you might not otherwise use. In addition, our instructor, Kimchan Ramrattan, tailors the workouts specifically to cyclists' needs.
What are the specific benefits?
o Increases aerobic capacity and endurance
o Increases leg strength and protects against injury
o Pedaling in smooth circles improves efficiency
o Pedaling in smooth circles recruits and trains more muscle groups, not just the quads, improving muscular endurance
o Increases suppleness or the ability to change cadence quickly and smoothly without changing gears
o Keeps your butt "broken in"
o The group setting improves individual motivation
o The presence of the instructor ensures a properly performed and efficient workout
o Instructor feedback wiil cure you of bad habits and improve your cycling technique
Who's doing it and why?
Over the winter, indoor spinning is a great way to maintain the aerobic base you worked so hard for over the cycling season. In the fall, when inclement weather keeps us off the roads, spinning is an effective fitness bridge for cross country skiers. In summer, indoor spinning is the safer alternative to a hard workout on the road. Tourists who find they can only get out for one long ride a week appreciate the intensity and specificity of the workout for maintaining their fitness. Because of the variable resistance you still have complete control of the intensity of your workout, so you can start at your own level - all levels of rider are welcome.
Where is the Adelaide Club?
The entrance is on the lower-level of First Canadian Place, west of Bay on Adelaide Street, behind the northern escalators near the Adelaide Street exit. The first time you arrive for a class allow some extra time to find it.
What are the facilities like?
The Adelaide Club owns upwards of twenty-five spin bikes which are discreetly located on a well-ventilated upper mezzanine. Access to full shower, whirlpool, sauna and change facilities are included in the cost.
Do I have to be a TBN member to participate?
To take advantage of this offer you must be a TBN member.
When are the classes and how long do they last?
One weekly class of an hour's duration is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday nights.
What is the cost?
The cost is $90 plus H.S.T. for 8 classes. People wanting to join after the fourth class of an eight-week session in progress will pay $50 for the remaining four classes.
How do I pay?
Cash, cheque or Visa. Pay at the front desk when you arrive for your first class. Call Patsy of the Adelaide Club at 416-367-9957 ext. 286 to confirm that there is still space available in the class.
What should I bring with me?
- Cycling shoes are recommended, if you have them
- A water bottle
- Your usual cycling attire (appropriate for a warm summer day
- A heart rate monitor is useful, but not essential
- Grab a towel from the locker room