In response to my controversial email on Friday which really did set the cat amongst the pigeons…I had no idea so many of you were attached to spinning! I know it’s popular but hopefully by the end of this email, you will think twice about sweating it out in the spin room…well only if you want results like increased fat loss that is 🙂
I write this email from scientific evidence within the industry and I also have a certain amount of knowledge having been a spinning instructor since 1998. I wonder why I don’t teach it to ANYONE now?
There is no denying the fact that a spin class will use a lot of calories, but are those calories from fat and are they beneficial to body fat loss and a positive body composition? The problem with spinning and other extended cardio sessions like Aerobics classes etc is that after about 30 minutes your body releases the hormone Cortisol. This itself isn’t a problem but there is an absence of Growth Hormone and Testosterone in cardio sessions to combat the cortisol. These hormones are released when you weight train. Cortisol is our fight or flight hormone and will remain in your blood for a long period of time, extending its adverse effects on body composition and muscle growth.
What does this mean to you? Well, it means greater fat storage in the very areas most of you that spin are trying to lose fat from: Legs, hips, bums and tums. Yes, that’s right, it will make you store fat in the areas you are trying to lose it from. Secondly, in certain individuals it can lead to bulky thighs through repetitive strain and can also shorten your hip flexor which can in turn can cause back pain. Thirdly, and if I remember correctly, the spin mentality is to go as fast and as hard as possible, really working hard and sweating buckets. Well extended cardio sessions like spin have been SCIENTIFICALLY proven to decrease muscle mass, strength and power, and will make your fast twitch muscle fibres perform like slow twitch fibres. This means it will make your muscles slower and weaker and we have already established previously that it is the opposite of what every guy and girl needs to maintain a healthy balance of muscle and to lose body fat.
So spin doesn’t look to good at the moment does it?
Of course, you will all know someone who went spinning three times a week and lost loads of weight, feels great and will recommend spinning to everyone. We all know a really slim girl who only does cardio, eats whatever she wants and has never used any weights apart from the pink 2kg’s, and that was only to move them out-of-the-way to tie her shoelace up…but she is in a very, very small minority. Nearly everyone reading this email, including myself, falls into the vast majority I’m afraid.
If you die-hard spinners have to spin, do it no more than once a week, and better still, walk out after 30 minutes, before that dreaded cortisol kicks in and starts to store fat in your bum! Concentrate on HIIT style cardio, high intensity interval training. Combine that with a progressive resistance programme and a good, clean diet and watch body fat drop off you. It’s what I use and it’s what all the trainers in shape use.
Once again, for more specific info, email me direct as I am more than happy to help. For all the newbies on my email list, I welcome you to my weekly tips on diet, nutrition and health.
Have a great week. Beautiful day today 🙂
PS. If you do decide to walk out after 30 minutes of your spin class (I’m serious) tell the instructor that I suggested this to you…:)