July Class Spotlight: Spin & Sculpt
Sometimes choosing which group fitness class to take on your lunch break or after work can be quite the difficult decision – especially at VIDA where we have literally dozens to choose from. Are you feeling some fast paced circuits that day, or perhaps some solid weight-training or steady-state cardio? The options can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have a class perfect for those who can’t make up their mind, and that class is Spin & Sculpt!
Spin & Sculpt is exactly as the name describes – half an hour of spinning, half an hour of sculpting. It’s the best of both worlds: an endurance-building workout that also focuses on toning and tightening your major muscle groups.
You’ll spend the first 30 minutes of class in the cycle studio getting a quick but intense cardiovascular workout. Since you’re only spinning for 30 minutes you’ll have the energy to give it all you’ve got and power through some challenging sprints and climbs that will get your heart rate up quickly. If you’re new to spinning this is a great way to get a feel for the bike, hand positions, and proper form for sprints and climbs before committing to a full hour-long class. Once the 30 minutes is up you’ll catch your breath, wipe down your bike and head to the group fitness studio.
Now it’s time to Sculpt! Part two of Spin & Sculpt is all about strength training with a focus on your core and upper body (your legs will welcome the break after the first half of class on the bike!) You’ll grab some dumbbells and/or a barbell and your instructor will lead you through a series of compound movements designed to strengthen and tone your muscles.
Unlike HIIT or VIDA Circuit classes, Sculpt is less about speeding through the reps and more about slowing it down and controlling your movements. Extra focus is given to your form and being able to complete each rep successfully. You can expect some bicep curls, overhead presses, rows, push-ups and more to tire out your arms and chest, plus some challenging core work (think planks and Russian twists) to give you a full body workout!
Just as the Spin portion is great for beginning spinners, the Sculpt half is beneficial for those just getting into weight-training. Those who are new to weights will learn the proper form for common exercises and be able to learn new moves to incorporate into their own workouts. They’ll also have the opportunity to experiment with different weights to see what works best for them.
Since this class is split into two halves it goes by so much faster than the typical hour-long class does. It also gives you the unique option that not many classes do of being able to choose which part to take! Only have 30 minutes to spare? No one will notice if you slip out after Spin. Just want to get some strength-training in? Join in for the Sculpt half and that’s totally fine.
Having the class split in two eliminates the awkward feeling of having to come in late or leave the class early. You can choose whatever workout you need that day, or stay for the whole time and get it all done at once! The combination of strength and cardio allows your muscles to get stronger while also building endurance so you get the best of both worlds.
Spin & Sculpt is offered at all of our VIDA locations, so check the schedule to see when you can try out this awesome class next!