We love water at the Shoppe and we encourage you all to drink as much water as recommended. For those of you who have attended our Sweat Cycle classes or any indoor cycling class for that matter, you know that you sweat A LOT during that hour. And if you do not hydrate properly pre and post indoor cycling class, it is extremely detrimental - you will find it next to impossible to complete class, you will feel overheated, and after class you may find that you feel sluggish and overextended throughout the day. On the flip side, if you drink the amount of water you need, you will find that you sweat a whole lot more during class, feel unaffected (to an extent) by the heat of the class, and are able to feel energized through the rest of your day. We cannot stress enough the importance of water and proper hydration.
For those of you who are not sure how much you should be drinking, we have broken it down for you below. Please note, the 8 glasses of water a day is probably more accurate for folks who do not spin…especially at the Sweat Shoppe..
maybe a calculator
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This post is dedicated to the riders out there who fear the weight of the wheel.
Without the weight of the wheel, just as in life, one cannot be challenged and therefore growth is limited. I have heard many riders express fear that riding with a weighted flywheel will “bulk” their legs. Before discussing further, at the Sweat Shoppe we believe that riding is not just about the physical transformations, but also the mental/spiritual/emotional changes that can occur when challenging oneself in class. With that said, in the hour we spend riding in a class, we move, we breath, we sweat and we suffer to a degree. We suffer because we face our fears and push past them to reach a higher level of understanding ourselves. That is and should be the goal.
We live in Los Angeles. We are surrounded by forced reminders of what we “should” look like and how we “should” live our lives. And so, it is understandable that fear comes into play. The weight of the flywheel is all about ying and yang. Balance. Push and pull. A perfect pedal stroke consists of an equal amount of energy pushing down and an equal amount of energy pulling up. If we spend too much energy pushing down or up, we create an imbalance. Enter bulky thighs. Given, we are not physiologists and cannot guarantee that focusing on perfecting your pedal stroke will immunize against bulky legs. Everyone is different and we should always do what is necessary to take care of oneself. However, upon entering the spin room, leave fear out of the equation. Focus on creating more balance in your ride. Find the ying/yang in your pedal stroke.
And remember…Fear should never be part of the equation, as it will never be part of the solution.
Peace, love n sweat