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Burn 600 Calories in 40 MinutesBurn 600 Calories in 40 Minutes
By Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS, ACE
Exercise gadgets and gizmos are in no short supply. You're constantly being inundated with fitness products to pull, push or pedal that are touting to melt away fat. To save you the time and money of weeding out the junk, I've highlighted an option that's guaranteed to be effective for burning calories and optimizing your training time.
Spin Your Wheels
You too can get legs like cyclist Lance Armstrong without spending six hours a day on a bike. When in Dallas, Texas a few years ago I had the pleasure of taking a spin class with one of Lance Armstrong's training partners. His thighs were like pistons firing at a surreal speed. His legs became a blur when he went into a sprint.
Through cycling, Lance's physiology has evolved to blow the minds of our country's greatest coaches and doctors. Cycling can help you improve endurance, burn fat and give definition to your lower body.
Introduced in the '80s by ultra-endurance athlete Johnny Goldberg (aka Johnny G), spinning brings the elements of athletic training to people of all fitness levels. It's not just a "hardcore" fitness program for elite athletes. Instead, this high-energy group exercise integrates music, camaraderie and visualization in a complete mind/body exercise program.
Individualized for participants of any age or ability, spinning uses a simple set of movements, hand positions, and heart rate training to deliver unparalleled fitness results.
Participants can expect to burn an average of 500-700 calories in a 40 minute class and it's a fantastic way for cyclists to maintain and improve their aerobic conditioning. Once you're warmed up the music takes over your body and before you know it the endorphins kick in and 40 minutes goes by in a snap.
Spin classes can be taken 2'3 times weekly and should be complimented with a strength training workout for a balanced exercise plan. The only drawback is that it does take some time to get used to sitting in the saddle for 40 minutes, but once you invest in the padded shorts and gel seat you'll be hooked.
You will truly realize the pay off of spin training when you hit the road or trails on your bike and find the energy and power to climb mountains like you could only dream of in the past.
Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS, 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year - Online Training. Kelli is a 20 year fitness industry leader. She has 3 fitness related degrees and 24 Fitness, Nutrition and Lifestyle related certifications. Kelli is the former Lead Fitness Expert for eDiets and eFitness and remains a regular contributor. Kelli is the author of Feminine, Firm & Fit - Building A Lean Strong Body in 12 Weeks www.FeminineFirmandFit.com.
She has transformed thousands of bodies just like yours. She is available for phone coaching, online training, grocery shopping tours, seminars, and media opportunities. For more information go to www.KelliCalabrese.com