Cycling is usually done outdoors. Some people don’t understand why anyone would even want to attend group-cycling classes indoors. Other cyclers feel that it’s better if they just cycle using their own stationary bike at home. What you need to understand is that individual indoor cycling and group indoor cycling classes are very different from one another. Each one has its pros and cons that you need to consider. People who cycle at home have control of the environment they are in, while those who cycle with a group enjoy having a social workout.
Advantages of Cycling at Home
There are many benefits to exercising at home. For instance, when you purchase your own stationary bike, you don’t have to pay for membership at a gym. At the same time, you’ll be saving time, fare expenses, and effort because you don’t have to commute to get to the gym. At your house, you have complete control of your entertainment, pace and workout intensity.
You can watch any show or movie you want, read a book, and even listen to the music of your choice. If your job involves being around people all the time, cycling at home is also beneficial to you as it allows you to spend some alone time.
Advantages of Cycling with a Group
Some people have difficulty exercising alone. Hence, to keep themselves motivated or to have someone to talk to while exercising, they will join a group exercise class. Aside from having people to talk to, you’ll also have a trainer to keep an eye on your posture. Yes, you can cycle at your own pace, but most group classes require participants to maintain a specific pace and intensity. In fact, just the mere idea that you are around with different people will make you want to pedal harder.
What makes cycling classes effective is that trainers will push cyclers to a level that they most likely won’t be able to achieve from biking at home. Those who commit themselves to taking these cycling classes will find that they are pushed to work harder, and they will feel good about it.
Disadvantages of Cycling at Home
The thing with having a stationary bike at home is that, despite its convenience, those who own one tend not to use it; or perhaps they intended to cycle for a long period of time, but something always distracts them; like a ringing phone or a buzzing doorbell. At the same time, cycling alone prevents you from really pushing yourself to your limits.
Disadvantages of Cycling with a Group
The downside of cycling with a group is the intensity. Some people, beginners in particular, may find it too challenging. Many cyclers usually feel competitive, which can lead to not-so-good things. There is no doubt that cycling with a class can really help you burn calories and stay fit, but if you want a mellow workout, cycling at home is better. Cycling class instructors will really push you hard, and you might not find that appealing at all. In fact, with the yelling, loud music, and competition, you might find this environment very stressful.
As you can see, individual indoor cycling and group indoor cycling classes are quite different from one another. The only similarity is that these are both done indoors with a stationary bike, but that’s about it. These two exercises both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it is all a matter of what is most suitable for you.
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