Riding a stationary bike for a workout is a lot different than conventional bicycle riding. I found that out when I signed up for a spin class at the local fitness center. It wasn’t a leisurely ride but a great way to burn a lot of calories. Pedaling really hard and really fast for an extended period of time is very demanding. This style of exercise not only works the legs, but impacts the whole body. It isn’t just a leg workout. While the quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes are the primary muscles engaged, cycling also involves the entire core. A significant amount of muscle control is required to stabilize and support the body. Speed and resistance are the main components of a spin class. You control how quickly you move your legs as you face resistance, whether you’re emulating the experience of going uphill or downhill. During the class, the instructor asks us to stand up and down in the bike seat, forcing us to shift our weight repeatedly. It takes balance and stability to keep moving and it really gets my heart rate up. Our trainer dims the lights, plays loud music and does a great job of getting us motivated. I make sure to wear comfortable clothes and good quality sneakers. I bring a full water bottle and a sweat rag with me. I know that I’m going to get a strenuous workout and feel fantastic afterward. Since starting the spin class, I’ve lost six pounds and seen a major improvement in my muscle tone. I also have more energy, stamina and confidence.