It seemed to happen overnight; indoor cycling was named “spinning”. Once this term was totted at every gym, spinning became a thing.

I love cycling because I get to get on the bike and go see things, feel the wind on my face and the sensation of flying when I coast down a hill. Apparently, many other people like cycling because of the cardio and muscular benefits that they take from it.


Indoor bycicle cycling in gym

Spinning is actually trademarked by Mad Dogg athletics and technically everyone else is supposed to keep calling their classes “indoor cycling” – I am surprised that this has not erupted into law suits since spinning is a thing everywhere.

Indoor cycling is great for people who want a sexy biker body without the rain, wind, dirt and danger of the outdoors. But don’t be naïve; indoor cycling comes with its own list of little known necessities, tips, tricks and preparations.

You want to figure out how to “clip in” your feet to these machines. It is a thing. There are shoes made for this (cycling shoes).

If you are wearing cycling shoes, clip in one foot at a time: Tilt your toes at a downward angle on top of the pedal and then push your foot down until you feel the shoe lock in.

When you’re finished, stay seated on the bike and take one pedal to the bottom of the stroke at a time. Use some force to turn your ankle away from the bike until each shoe unclips. If you can’t unclip, don’t panic! Just take your feet out of the shoes (and run away before anyone notices…..just kidding).

There is terminology for these indoor cycling classes. People are very serious about them so do not show up late and do not be intimidated at the same time. You can burn up to 600 calories and will need a couple of towels (and maybe a bucket) for all of the sweat that is going to leak out of you.

For some reason, they turn down the lights and that can be kind of creepy so be ready for that.

All in all I would recommend bringing someone with you for this slightly awkward and intimidating endeavor.