SPINNING is a high-energy, high intensity indoor cycling workout that is great for fitness, not to mention being fantastic fun. But can it make you a better runner?
There’s no escaping the fact that to be a better runner, you have to run. Most of your training needs to include running specific sessions that are focused on achieving your running goals whether that’s a 5k or a marathon. But incorporating a regular spin class into your fitness programme can give your running performance a boost.
Here’s how spinning can make you a better runner.
It’s lower impact than running so there’s reduced risk of injury.
Spinning is lower impact, so it puts less stress on your body than pounding the pavements during a run. With less impact, you’re less likely to get injured. So, if you have a niggle or a running overuse injury, doing a spin class will give you a good workout with reduced risk of further injury.
It’s great for injury rehabilitation.
If you’re side-lined through injury, then a spinning workout guarantees a high-intensity cardiovascular workout which will help maintain your fitness while you can’t run.
You’ll develop your slow and fast twitch muscle fibres
A good spinning class will include a variety of fast sprints and challenging hill climbs which means you’ll work both your aerobic and anaerobic systems. This will help develop your slow twitch muscle fibres for endurance, and the fast-twitch fibres for faster running.
You can train at a higher intensity on a recovery run day.
Spinning uses different muscles to those used in running which means that you can still train hard the day after a tough running session. Instead of a recovery run, try a spin class instead. It’ll work your cardiovascular system, burn around 600 calories during a 45-minute class, and will strengthen your legs.
Have fun and add variety to your fitness programme.
Spinning really is a fun class. It’s great for mixing up your training and for those times when you need a break from pounding the pavements.
You’ll get stronger.
There’s no denying that spinning will help improve your leg strength. You’re pedalling against resistance, working your quadriceps and hamstrings. You will notice results in your leg tone, strength and power.
It’s great for your mental health.
Taking part in a spin session with a motivating instructor and energising upbeat music is a great way to boost your mood. If you’re feeling low and need motivation, a spin class can definitely help.
Can spinning make you a better runner? While spinning shouldn’t replace your key running sessions, it can help boost your fitness and running performance. Try incorporating one or two spin classes into your weekly training and you will soon notice results.
Looking to run a faster 5k? Read this first.