The gym I go to has two different kinds of indoor cycling classes. I did not realize that RPM was so different until I attended. RPM is a pre-choreographed cycling class based on outdoor riding. The instructors are given a program and must memorize and teach it exactly as written. At first the RPM class didn’t seem as challenging. But after I attended a few times I realized if I kept the resistance a little higher it was a great workout. The songs are usually the same for 2-3 weeks, and then the teacher can change it but each class has the same amount of sprints, climbs and recovery rides in the same order. The nice thing about these classes is that you will always know what you are in for when you attend, which I guess is also the bad. Sometimes surprises are great during a spin class.
The other kind of indoor cycling class is freestyle spin. In these classes the teacher comes up with the program themselves. These classes can be great as long as you have a good instructor. You never know know what you are in for when you attend unless you have a teacher who does the same routine every week. Luckily we have great instructors at our gym who are very dedicated to providing those who attend with a great workout.
I like both the RPM and Freestyle Spin, it is great that my gym provides both. Of course all this indoor cycling is making me want to get a bike and cycle outdoors. I’m not really sure what kind of bike I want or should buy. The other issue is the cost, I always hesitate making a major purchase for myself unless I know I am going to use it. I think I would be fine riding on trails, but riding on the road frightens me. I am a bit of a scaredy turtle. I’ll keep you updated on my decision, if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.
If you want to know a little more about RPM cycling classes here is there website: