Women of all ages and skill levels can get in shape at their own pace with cycling classes.
Jon Drobac, cycling instructor and certified personal trainer at Fitness Pointe in Munster, said keeping the classes exciting and safe helps attendees achieve their fitness goals.
To keep the adrenaline pumping, riders can participate in theme nights and music nights where they play name that tune.
Later this month, the club will introduce virtual cycle class where videos of bike rides around the country will be projected on a 103-inch screen. Destinations include Napa Valley wine country, the Colorado mountains and the outskirts of Austin, Texas.
“They’re literally on the road riding so they see the scenery, see the hills coming. People will wave to riders from their cars. It makes the time go by quicker,” Drobac said.
During the ride, they will go through different speed and endurance drills corresponding to the video.
Other class offerings include a 30-minute introduction to cycling, where beginners learn safety and basic movements, and 45- and 55- minute advanced classes, where more experienced riders do more interval training and endurance and speed power training.
Classes are free for all club members and nonmembers can participate for a fee through the Munster Parkas and Recreation Department, munster.org.
“We have women from teenagers to 60 to 70 year olds,” Drobac said. “The classes are geared for everybody. Keep your feet moving, listen to the music and have a good time.”
Carrie Koch, the wellness program coordinator at the Valparaiso YMCA, said they offer a variety of cycling classes. Classes range from 30 to 60 minutes and vary in intensity.
Fusion classes such as cycle/pilates fusion, cycle/boot camp fusion and cycle/strength classes are also available.
“There are so many benefits for moms who take group exercise classes such as an improved health and fitness level as well as connecting with new friends in a group environment,” Koch said. The Y also offers babysitting so moms can bring their children with them.
For moms just getting back into exercise, she recommends trying a group cycling class two days a week and progressing from there.
Mandy Moore, supervisor of fitness at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness in Schererville, oversees group exercise and personal training.
She also teaches and participates in group exercise and has two sons of her own.
Omni offers a 45-minute indoor cycling class, which is described as a high intensity cardio workout. Participants meet in a studio and use SPINNING bikes.
The program has become increasingly popular in the past five years, she said, with members of all ages participating.
“It’s a great cardio workout because it is high intensity but low impact. You’re not putting a lot of pounding pressure on the joints.”
Most other classes last 55 minutes by comparison. In cycling, busy moms can spend 10 less minutes and burn about the same amount of calories.
Riders control their own resistance and speed on the bike.
“First timers and experienced spinners can be sitting next to each other and neither one of them will affect each other’s workout,” Moore said.
The classes are free with an Omni membership and instructors work to make sure those who may feel intimidated initially find their comfort zone.
When people look into the dimmed room with upbeat music, they may not want to try it, but once they see the smiles and feel the amazing workout, they have a lot of fun, she said.
“My opinion is you have to come in and try it for the first time and you’ll see that it’s enjoyable and the workout is really what you make it. You’re in control of your bike just like you are in control of your own life.”