Proper Form for Spin
It’s very rare that you’ll ever make it through spin workouts without getting the cue to stand. Among other things, standing is great for hills, sprints, and engaging your core. When Sarah tells you to stand, that does not mean to march on the pedals. In fact, standing should be thought of more as ‘take your butt off the seat’ and NOT ‘stand-up straight’. When you’re in a spin class, you should try to keep your back flat at the proper angle. This is done by engaging your core to hold the proper posture. This also helps isolate your lower body to do all of the work. When you’re cued to stand, raise your butt about 6 inches off of the seat. That said, you should maintain having your back flat and upper-body still. Repeat the motto over-and-over ‘my legs should be doing the work’. One of the first thing that breaks proper form is not having a tight core. If the core is neglected, the hunching begins. When the hunching begins, that’s when the distribution of work becomes less clear. Back flat, core tight, shoulders back, head relax, legs working.