People who choose to workout on exercise bikes are fiends for feeling the burn. Anyone who has laboured through a spin class can tell you that hopping off that bike with jelly legs at the end is both exhausting and extremely satisfying. You can immediately feel those butt muscles tightening!
However, going to a class regularly can get expensive. And sometimes you may want to challenge yourself with a more difficult session than those provided by your local class instructor. Hiring an exercise bike for your home is a great way to structure your own workouts, delve into the world of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and choose to exercise at a time that suits your schedule. Having an exercise bike at home also makes sense for on-road cyclists who want to stay fit in the Winter months, when the rain and wind prevent them from hitting the tarmac.
There’s only one downside to cycling at home on an exercise bike. And it’s that it can be hard to get motivated and be inspired to push harder, alone, in the dreary surrounds of your garage. Following a routine you found written down in a health magazine can get pretty dull. But there is a way to dominate structured spin routines with plenty of bravado, in the comfort of your own home! All you need is your phone, tablet or laptop and YouTube (you can download the app on apple and android if you’re using a smart device).
FREE at-home spin cycle classes
YouTube is a fantastic resource for free exercise classes. Watching a video featuring an instructor will give your home routine more direction and will keep you motivated. You can choose from a wide range of classes, from beginners to HIIT workouts, and select training programs based on the areas of your body that you want to work on. Undergoing spin classes using online resources such as YouTube gives you far more autonomy to create a workout schedule that suits you, without breaking the bank! Here are a few of our favourite workout videos that will have you enjoying your exercise bike at home in no time!
At-home spin class for beginners
If you’re new to the world of spinning, you’ll want to start with a nice and easy, relatively slow-paced workout that will get you accustomed to your bike. This workout is short and snappy and gives you the option of repeating sets for a longer routine. It also takes you through warming up and warming down on your bike.
At-home spin class to burn fat fast
Spin class aficionados will love this 20-minute workout designed to burn fat fast! The effort level bars and the countdown overlay on the screen make the routine easy to follow. So if you get sick of the voiceover or the music, you can simply put it on mute and pump your own tunes instead!
At-home spin class with motivational beats
Do you thrive cycling to fast-paced, motivational music? This workout is for you! You may need to alter the instructor’s directions a little to reflect the functions on your exercise bike, but it’s easy to follow the general gist of the routine anyway. If you prefer your workouts without (sometimes grating) voice-overs, this instructor is refreshingly no-nonsense.
At-home spin class with zero distractions
This spin workout video is minimalist and feels like you’re working with a personal trainer. It’s a tough workout, but the instructor talks you through all aspects of the routine, so you don’t get lost. If you’re up for a challenge, this is a great fat burner!
At-home HIIT spin class
Want to incorporate a few other exercises into your spin session? This HIIT class will work on your arms and tummy too. All you need, apart from your exercise bike, is a step and a set of dumbbells. But be warned – it isn’t for the faint-hearted!