New Rider Tips and Tricks
In the “Etiquette” section of our website, you will see the basic guidelines on how to navigate BPM. But for our new riders, this blog post goes more in depth highlighting tips and tricks on how to survive and enjoy your first spin class at BPM!
Make the class your own.
Any new activity can be intimidating, but once the music gets going and the class starts, remember that it’s all about you! Rest assured, everyone else is focused on their ride and no one is looking at you. This is your class, your workout, and whatever you need to do is totally fine! BPM strongly encourages personal modification to ensure you have a safe and effective ride. You will likely hear an instructor say that gears are guidelines and to listen to your body.
Don’t cheat yourself.
When the instructor tells you to add resistance, don’t fake it! Taking it easy in your first class is totally fine, but safety is our number one priority at BPM. Riding without enough resistance can wear and tear on your joints and cause injuries. So if you’re bouncing up and down in the saddle, with gears lower than 10, it’s time to gear up. Going slower is just fine 😉
It’s all about attitude.
This workout can also be mentally tough. So you might as well get into it! Don’t be afraid to cheer, let loose, or close your eyes. Remember that we are a team here at BPM, so we encourage you to get to know your neighbour. Introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you! Chances are you will see them again at another class. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Penny suggests that you see your first ride as a fun workout instead of a competition. Seasoned riders know the ins and outs of a workout, and you will get there too! But for your first ride remember you are here to work up a sweat and have fun!
You might be sore… but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it!
Yeah, that energy and feel good vibes are contagious and that’s only one of the reasons why we love what we do! But, if you are new or if it’s been awhile, your butt might be sore. Keep coming back and after about 3 classes your body will get used to it! Still have a sore butt? Purchasing your own gel seat is a popular solution for our regular riders.