Spinning: Intense endurance training that burns calories.

Want a more creative way to perform your cardio activity rather than on a stationary bike? Try spinning at UFit! This could be one of the most challenging and effective cardio workouts ever. Our bikes are specially designed to simulate an outdoor biking adventure by having easily changeable tension controls to simulate hill riding. Though you will be stationary, spinning burns up to 450 calories in 45 minutes! And what makes 45 minutes go faster but upbeat music and constant encouragement from your instructor. The whole idea is to pretend you are riding outdoors, dealing with the normal challenges of hill riding without the danger of falling or being hit by a road-raged motorist. Not only does spinning burn lots of calories, it also tones the quadriceps muscles and the muscles of the hips as well. One major drawback of riding a bike outdoors is the tremendous amount of balance and coordination that is required. Not in a spinning class! Since the bike is stationary, all you have to do is concentrate on following the course described to you by your instructor. Increasing the tension knob simulates hills. A couple of things to take note of: The seat position makes a tremendous impact in injury prevention. When on the seat and the pedal is in the lowest position, there should be a slight bend in your knee. Make sure the handlebars are at seat level to slightly above. If this is your only mode of cardio training, watch out for muscular imbalances that may occur. Spinning primarily targets the quads and outer hips. Make sure to perform resistance training...

Past performance points to a future of fitness

Before I opened my personal fitness studio, Ultimate Fitness, I had a long and prosperous career as a “World-Cup” class, mountain-bike racer. With persistence, passion and lots of training I was lucky enough to land a spot on the Volvo-Cannondale mountain bike racing team. In the years I spent on the team, Volvo-Cannondale won 11 World Championships, 17 World Cup titles, 16 National Championships, 89 World Cup wins, 33 NORBA wins, 2 Olympic games and 2 Pan-Am Games Gold medals. And that’s just the wins. There’s a healthy quantity of podium places too—184 at World Cup events, 35 in World Cup series, 21 at World Championships, 84 at NORBA events. The key take away for me from this once in a lifetime experience with an incredible group of athletes is that strength training is “the key” to power, endurance and top performance. I’ve learned first hand that having a healthy, strong body is everyone’s vehicle for life. And if you ignore it or take it for granted, you’ll never get to where you want to go OR across the finish line! Watch Sara Ellis in the 2010 San Rafael Criterion race...
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