Been itching to try indoor cycling, but find it a bit intimidating? The truth is anyone—even the rhythmically challenged—can get into spinning, with a little help from the pros.

The Rockwellist sat down with Perigon instructors Ytle and Aerol to pick their brains. Here, they share a few tips spinning newbies should know to, not just survive, but actually enjoy that first spinning class.

Don’t go on an empty stomach

We suggest having a small snack around two or three hours before the class. Make sure you’re not full, but not starving either. You wouldn’t want to puke your guts out or pass out during a ride.

Arrive early

Arrive at least 30 minutes before the class. That way, you’ll have enough one-on-one time with your instructor to adjust your seat and handlebars to the height that’s right for you.

We can’t say it enough, don’t be late. If you come in when doors close (which is 15 minutes before the class), unfortunately, you forfeit your class credit.

 

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Pack light, pack right

If you’re coming from school or work, or if you have plans after class and need a place to store your things, you can store your things in our lockers—no need to bring padlocks!

Although you don’t really don’t have to bring much because we provide extra towels, the shoes, even extra hair ties. All you really need to bring are your gym clothes, a thick pair of socks, and a water bottle.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

It’s very important to drink plenty of water before, during, and after spinning because you’ll be sweating a lot in class. Hydrating regularly will help avoid cramping.

Dress to sweat

Wear something tight and snug because we move a lot in a rhythmic spinning class. If your goal is to really sweat it out, bring a workout or training jacket. But some people who enter the class wearing jackets end up taking them off. Wear something that will protect your thighs from chafing.

Go at your own pace

The misconception of riding is that you always have to be up the saddle, but for newbies, it’s okay to sit down. Always prioritize your safety. We don’t want anyone to get injured.

But if you’re a stronger first-timer, we’re going to challenge you to discover your body and know your capabilities.

Just listen to your body, pedal at your own pace, and just absorb the whole experience.

Keep trying

Whether you’re a dancer or you have two left feet, anyone can get into rhythmic spinning. The more you do it, the simpler it gets. Not everyone gets it right the first time, and that’s okay. Just be patient and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

Our mantra in Perigon is Progress Not Perfection; just keep at it.

Be present and unplug

Phones are not allowed during class—we want you to focus on the bike and the instructor.

Newbies can also look forward to the introspective segment, where we give riders a moment to breathe and reflect—that’s the moment we really get to connect with the riders and when students get really emotional. Afterwards, we usually go into the more difficult part of the class, and students are even more motivated to push harder and give it their all.

Spinning is a wholistic workout. It’s not just physically challenging workout, it also touches on taking care of your mental health.

Book early to get a good seat

If you’re a wallflower, you can book seats at the back, or if you’re eager to learn, it’s nice to get a seat up close to the instructor. Booking for the week starts on Monday at 12:00nn. You can choose from standard 45-minute classes or 60-min classes. For beginners, we recommend the standard 45-minute ride.

For more information or to sign up for a class, visit their website perigon.co or their studio at Santolan Town Plaza, 276 Col. Bonny Serrano Ave, San Juan

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