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Explanation of Hand Positions For Spinning

Spinning Hands Cheat Sheet

When the ground is covered with snow, getting your fitness on outdoors can be quite a challenge. Spinning is one of the best ways to keep your cardio up during the cold months of Winter without braving the elements, so be sure to check out a class. Like every workout, though, there is some jargon involved, and some spin instructors throw out numbers for the hand positions without explaining exactly where you are supposed to grip the handlebars. Not all classes use these hand positions, but if you take a class trademarked as Spinning, you will likely hear these numbers coming from your spin instructor as she tells you to stand and sprint. Here is a little cheat sheet so you know where your hands go while you pedal away.

  • Position 1: Hands placed in the center of the handles. You can place the hands one on top of the other in this position. This is a good spot when warming up, cooling down, or recovering from a sprint interval.
  • Position 2: Hands are just inside the upward curve on the handle bars. This is where your hands will most likely be for most of the class.
  • Position 3: Hands hold on to the top of the handles. This position should really only be used when standing for a climb. If you use it seated, you can strain your back.

Do you spin? Tell me how you feel about spinning in the comments section below.

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Luckyoneseven Luckyoneseven 5 years
What about the different positions for your booty? (i.e. standing up, hovering over your seat, completely sitting, hovering partially over your seat, etc.)
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 7 years I just thought to use the wonder that is Wikipedia and now I feel like an idiot. It is the same thing, just a fancy term for "stationary bike riding" and it looks really involved than just pedal pedal pedal. I didn't realize there was so much to riding an indoor bike, so I figured it had to be something similar but different. Pretty cool.
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 7 years
Serious question. Not trying to be a smart@ss as Im genuinely curious as it kinda sounds like fun and super great for you. What is the difference between Spinning and riding an exercise bike? Speeds? Control? Resistance? I have no clue, but It seems interesting and Ive been hearing alot about it lately. Because I dont know much about it, I see the bike and Im like "Yeah? It's a exercise bike-you pedal. What is there to take a class for?", If there's more to it, which Im sure there is, obviously, I'd like to seek a class to see.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 7 years
I love it too! I have been doing it for three years and now I teach!
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 7 years
i spin and looooove it. i've been doing it for a year now!
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