What is the difference between your Spinning program and other cycling programs?
Fitness & Recreation Centers at UCSF are official Spinning Centers. Instructors are Spinning certified and trained to coach participants to ride efficiently in each of the five Spinning Energy Zones: Endurance, Interval, Strength, Recovery and Race day.
Each 40-minute class offers participants of all fitness levels the chance to experience the benefits of calorie-burning, energizing workouts at a self-directed pace. Heart rate training is the cornerstone of the Spinning program.
Spin computers at Parnassus are provided to monitor heart rate and cadence throughout each of the five energy zones, for effective calorie burning workouts, increased strength and improved overall fitness. It is our hope that every ride is your best ride.
Visit spinning.com for more information regarding this comprehensive cycling program.
Am I required to wear a heart rate monitor during Spinning classes?
No, however, we highly recommend the use of a monitor to make the most of every ride. Monitors assist you in gaging the intensity of each Energy Zone workout so your workout is efficient and safe and you avoid over or under training.
Are heart rate monitors available for Spinning classes?
No, we do not provide them, but you are welcome to bring one.
Do I need special shoes for Spinning classes?
No, special shoes are not necessary. Basic hard soled tennis or court shoes are fine.
If I want to purchase a special shoe for Spinning classes, what type of shoe would you recommend, and where would I purchase this shoe?
Spinning bikes are equipped with an SPD bike pedal. You can purchase shoes to accommodate these pedals at any sports or cycling store. Tell the sales person the shoe is for indoor cycling classes.