Spin Classes while Pregnant: 8 Safety Tips

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Spin Classes when Pregnant

Spin Classes when Pregnant

If you have ever joined in a spin class you will know just how tough a workout it can be. But what now you're pregnant?

There are a number of benefits for participating in a spin class at your local gym. There are some precautions you need to take when pregnant to ensure that you are maximising the benefits and ensuring you are exercising in a safe manner.

Spin classes are a better alternative to cycling when pregnant as you start to lose your balance more so cycling can become dangerous.

Are you pregnant and wondering if it's safe to continue taking spin classes?

In this post, I share 8 safety tips for expecting mothers who want to stay active and healthy during pregnancy while participating in spin classes. Remember, the most important thing is to prioritize your health and well-being during this special time. Stay safe and enjoy staying active with spin classes while pregnant!

1. Listen to Your Body!

You should always listen to your body especially when you are pregnant. Now is not the time to be a hero and push the boundaries.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort then stop and quickly assess if you should finish your spin session.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

The last thing you want is to become dehydrated. You should have your water bottle with you to ensure that you drink before, during and after your workout.

Dehydration can lead to pre-term labour so drink plenty of water!

3. Your First Time

If you were participating in spin classes pre-pregnancy then you can continue when you are pregnant.

Be aware of how your body changes as you enter each new trimester.  Be sure to let the instructor know (if early on in your pregnancy and it’s not obvious) so that they know that if you are taking a break that they will not continue to push you.

The key point is to start easy stay at a comfortable pace and take regular breaks.

4. Short is Sweet!

Forget the 45 or 60 minute plus sessions. Your goal is to ride for 15 – 30 minutes and if you wish to do more exercise then select one of our PregActive pregnancy workouts.

5. Don't Try to Set New Records

Your rate of perceived exertion can be a guide to how hard you are pushing yourself. Remember you are riding for two so if you find yourself getting too out of breath then slow down and reduce the intensity and pace.

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6. Watch Your Back

If you have not properly adjusted the seat, pedals and handlebars you may cause strain to your lower back. Make sure you are comfortable and slow down or stop if you start to experience any back pain.

7. Stationary is Best

There is always a new form of exercise or equipment coming onto the market to become the next fad. We have seen a wave of spin bikes that are far from stationary and move with you as you lean right or left.

8. You are Not Climbing the Pyrenees!

If you were riding up the Pyrenees in France you would be off your seat and driving your legs as heard as you can to get up the hill. Now is not the time to stand up and get off your seat.

Maintain a comfortable pace and stay seated otherwise you may just be pushing too hard.