28 May

RPM vs. Freestyle Spin class

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:


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5 thoughts on “RPM vs. Freestyle Spin class

  1. I don’t have any suggestions on a bike to purchase because I have the same questions. I want to purchase a bike but I am not sure what kind. I look forward to seeing what others have to say.

  2. I’m always hesitant to try out spinning. They are jam packed here in California. You have to get here like an hour early to get a bike or otherwise pay a fee to save a spot.

    I have a simple mountain bike. I’m freaked that a car in going to hit me while on it. Although I had a bad bike accident on a trail ride a few years ago.

    Spinning is probably much safer and cheaper… :)

  3. I really need to try this spinning class. I wonder how much they are to take at the Y? Do you have to have a membership to take a class or what??

    I have the same bike i got when i was 12. Shows how much i ride it. LOL


  4. @Julie- I have to get to my class pretty early on certain days too. I usually just hang my bag on a bike. My friend told me in January when everyone is trying to get in shape sometimes fights break out. You should try a class though, it is fun and a great workout.
    @Nicole- I am a member where I take spin. But I know some clubs let you pay per class. Or if you want to try it out you could probably score a free pass for the first time.

  5. I like my hybrid bike just fine; I have a Trek 7.3. It’s not as speedy as a road bike, and it’s not as muscly as a mountain bike, but it’ll take me on gravel trails without making me think my tires will pop, and I can ride on roads without killing my leg muscles. It may not be the “best” of any one domain, but it does all of them reasonably well – sort of like me! ;-)

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