The New Year is upon us, and with it comes the New Year's resolutions. The most common seem to be people wanting to get into shape and drop at least a few pounds. There is one simple, but grueling class that will take you to new heights in terms of your fitness, and that is indoor cycling.
If you are looking for an exercise that will get your heart racing, get you sweating and burn more calories in an hour than you thought possible, indoor cycling is what you are looking for.
To gain the most out of your indoor cycling class you should make sure you have a quality cycling shoe. To find the best shoe for indoor cycling, it would make sense to look to a company that is the world's largest manufacturer of bike accessories. That company is Shimano, and they have come up with the highest quality cycling shoe you will find anywhere.
Now you may ask, why do I need a special shoe? After trying a normal shoe and a Shimano, well you will soon find out the difference.
The indoor bikes have copas pedals that allow you to clip your shoes right into the pedal and this will allow you to use every muscle in your leg as your leg is forced to push and pull as opposed to just pushing down. The American Journal of Sports Medicine recently published a study that showed that cycling shoes had an increase of 6% in efficiency and a 3% decrease in effort over regular tennis shoes. The Shimano shoe is stiffer than normal shoes which will keep your feet firm and will prevent arch pain. The shoe is also more ventilated than a normal tennis shoe which will keep your feet dry and more comfortable. In addition to all the benefits mentioned above, cycling is great for people with knee problems. If you want to stay and shape and you have knee problems you will find running, aerobics and a number of other exercises will lead to continued knee problems.
Shimano has also taken the time to develop a shoe to accurately fit a woman's foot. The cycling shoe SH-FN20W was designed specifically to fit women, with a lower, narrower heel section and a lower volume front end. Ladies, if you are looking for a shoe for cycling, look no further, this is the shoe for you.
For more information on Shimano shoes and all of the rest of its products visit www.shimano.com. Shimano also has a dealer locator, so you can find a cycle shop in your area that carries these shoes.
It does not matter if you are new to cycling or if you have been spinning your wheels for years, there are plenty of supplements out there that not only work, but also come in great packaging that allows you to access them easily and not take up a lot of room. If you are like me, you often find yourself hustling to go straight from work to an indoor cycling class. Well if you are going to hop on the bike without putting anything in your body since lunch, you just might not make it through your class.
Now that you have your carbs, if you are in a long class, or outside on a lengthy ride, there comes a point when you need a little boost to keep you going at that high level and for that Amino-Vital has come up with a great Jel pack. First I will say this is the best tasting fitness product I have come across in any area, in addition the almost jello like texture makes it easy to go down. Just twist the top off the Jel pack and your body is given 1,500 MG of amino acids.
Indoor cycling is not for the faint of heart, you cannot expect to go into the class and go through it with no problem. In fact after one class you may never want to return and you might not even make it through the class. But don't worry, you will get the hang of it and it will become fun and you will get better at it and most importantly you will find it to be the best workout you have ever had.