Peloton and Variis offer spin class apps at a cost, but you'll find an unlimited number of spin classes on YouTube for free. It's never been easier (or less expensive) to get sweaty with the energy of the studio right in the comfort of your living room.
And that's a good thing, because the benefits of spinning extend from giving you a great cardio workout to boosting those endorphins and beyond. Here, we've got all the beginner spinning tips you need to know. And to make sure you don't miss a beat in your spin class, here's a guide to spin class cues that will keep you cruising.
Online Spinning and Fitness FAQs
We spoke with Cat Kom, CEO and founder of Studio SWEAT onDemand, to answer all of your burning at-home spinning spinning questions.
Is an online Spinning class good for beginners?
Absolutely! At Studio SWEAT onDemand, we want everyone to be able to get a calorie-crushing Spin workout, no matter your fitness level. Because you get to choose your resistance levels you’re in control of your own intensity. We’re just there to be your guides. And we offer a huge variety of virtual workouts that are designed for everyone from absolute beginners to cycling pros. We also offer classes with durations as short as 10 minutes; longer classes around 20, 30, and 45 minutes; and even all-out-assaults up to an hour-plus.
What equipment will I need for online Spinning classes?
For a beginner Spinning class, all you will need is your indoor cycling bike (any will do), comfortable, breathable clothes; a hand towel and plenty of water. Cycling shoes are optional, but a great add once you get addicted.
Is Spinning a good way to do strength training?
Spinning delivers intense muscle building for your lower body, and even supports the core and parts of the upper back. To get that full-body activation, at Studio SWEAT onDemand we offer a whole collection of Spin-Fusion classes, which combine the intense cardio of cycling, with Pilates, yoga, barre, strength training and more.
What is the best home-workout for getting in shape?
The best home workout is any one that you will stick to! Motivation, drive and commitment is key. That said, in my opinion a solid Spin & Sculpt Fusion class tops the charts. That’s a workout where you’re doing fat-frying cycling for part of the class and then body-sculpting floor exercises peppered in throughout the workout. It’s the best of both worlds, all in one amazing workout.
What's the best way to find a beginners workout plan?
Working with a personal trainer is always a great option, but not one that everyone can afford or has time for. Another great option is a fitness app where you get guidance. For instance, through our Studio SWEAT onDemand app we have a program called “My Weekly Workout” that literally gives suggested workout recommendations based on a simple profile you set up. If you’re going at it alone, I suggest you just try to mix up your workouts to include a good variety of strength training, cardio, and mobility/flexibility classes, because variety is so important. That’s why we offer dozens of options in the Studio SWEAT onDemand app, and you can also filter our class menu by fitness level, mood, duration, and more.
Is it worth it to buy a workout program or get it free online?
I’d say, as with anything, you get what you pay for. So look for a free trial with any online option, but it’s usually a nightmare to depend on free content because it takes forever to find the right workout in the endless ocean that is the Internet (and time is money after all) and you often have no idea if the workouts are even led by true fitness professionals, so they may not be safe or effective. We do offer a 7-Day Free Trial to introduce you to what we’re all about, for example. It features over 100 onDemand workouts you can try today, with no credit card (or commitment) required. It’s a great way to kickstart your fitness journey. Whatever you choose — try before you buy, but also be willing to budget for you, because you’re worth it.
The best online spin classes you can take at home
1. A 20-minute beginner's ride
There are plenty of different spinning classes on Studio SWEAT onDemand's YouTube channel, and this one for beginners is a great place to start if you want to get to know your new stationary bike.
Check out all of Studio SWEAT onDemand's spin workouts here.
2. 20-minute '90s pop ride
There's nothing that will fuel you through an intense 20-minute workout better than your favorite '90s jams. Gabriella Guevara's energy is infectious in all her workouts, and this is one you'll want to do over and over again.
Check out all of Gabriella's spin workouts here.
3. 20-minute cycling workout for beginners
Here's another great workout for beginners. Instructor Kaleigh Cohen is a great motivator, and she'll teach you the ins and outs throughout this ride. Don't worry—she has rides for more advanced riders, too.
Check out all of Kaleigh's spin workouts here.
4. 60-minute rhythm ride
You'll feel like you're riding in Kristina Girod's spin studio throughout this intense—but oh-so-fun—workout that will have you dancing in your seat. With that being said, it's anything but easy, so get ready to feel the burn.
Check out all of Kristina's spin workouts here.
5. 30-minute max burn spin class
Another one from Studio SWEAT onDemand, this Tabata-style class led by instructor Cat Kom will definitely make you sweat.
Check out all of Studio SWEAT onDemand's spin workouts here.
6. 25-minute rhythm spin class
FSY Fitness has online spin classes from numerous instructors, and this one led by Shannon Kala essentially packs everything you'd normally do during a 45-minute spin workout into a quickie 25-minute session. (Aka it's hard.)
Check out all of FSY Fitness' spin workouts here.
7. 2000s party ride spin class
You'll feel like you're at a party while riding it out to these upbeat (and super nostalgic!) songs led by instructor Brett Gordon of Get Fit Done. There's also plenty of other theme rides to choose from, too, including a Latin Artists ride, Queens of Pop ride, and even a TikTok ride featuring songs you've heard all over the app.
Check out all of Get Fit Done's spin workouts here.
8. 20-minute quick HIIT spin class
Instructor Holly Miller of The Spin Junkie has so many different classes you can choose from. This quick 20-minute HIIT ride is a great option for days you don't have time for anything longer.
Check out all of The Spin Junkie's spin workouts here.
9. 45-minute rollercoaster HIIT class
You'll never get bored of Kirsten Allen's spin workouts. There's a ride for everyone, and this rollercoaster HIIT ride—where the intervals are super up and down—will burn so good. "It's going to be a bumpy ride—be sure to buckle up," she says.
Check out all of Kirsten's spin workouts here.
10. 15-minute cardio endurance workout
11. A 45-minute hip hop-themed ride
If you want your ride to come with a beat and some smoothness, this hip hop and r&b themed ride from PPGYT will have you groovin' in your seat.
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