How Many Calories Does Spin Class Burn? – My Question On Turkey Day

I’ve never been to a spin class before! This Thursday, I will be attending my first one — at 8:00am on Thanksgiving Day ūüėģ I’m not sure what to expect at spin class but a¬†friend of mine is an instructor and saved me a spot. Now I’m committed! Naturally, I want to know just how many calories does spin class burn? Since I’ve never done it before, I looked up some information about Spinning and found the following…

(If you want to skip the background info and read about the actual class, check out my article: Is Spinning A Good Workout? РThanksgiving Spin Class Review

What is spinning?

Spinning is basically indoor cycling taught in a specific format. In 1991, an entrepreneur¬†teamed up with an ultra-distance cyclist in Santa Monica to create this format and since then, Spinning has gained tremendous popularity. Spinning is a group¬†fitness¬†class¬†that is set to music and lasts anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes. Although anyone can teach an “indoor cycling” class, only certified Spin instructors are allowed to teach “Spin Classes”. You can find a class that is taught near you on the Spinning website.

What to expect at spin class…

Each participant has a stationary bike. An instructor guides you through the workout by giving you cues to suggest what to expect at spin classwhat resistance you should be using, when to do certain movements (such as sitting, standing, etc.), and how fast to pedal. As with many group fitness classes, each instructor is different. I have a feeling that my friend will be more of a cheerleader than a drill sergeant.

Can anyone do Spin?

Yes! As Nicole Nichols (a fitness instructor) writes on

You control everything from your speed and resistance to your intensity level, so it can be as easy or as challenging as you want it to be. Like many things in life, you will get out of it what you put into it.

Spinning is aerobic exercise that is low-impact. While the instructor gives you guidance, you are in charge of making the class as challenging or as easy as you need to. My friend, who will be instructing, is very pregnant and still teaches Spin every week. If she can do it, I can do it!

And finally, how many calories does Spin Class burn?

I ask this question mainly in jest because it will be Thanksgiving and I plan on indulging in copious amounts of delicious food. But if you must know, here is what I found:

An hour-long bike ride at a leisurely 10 to 12 miles per hour […]¬†burns about 256 calories. But crank up your effort to a race pace 16 to 20 mph and you’ll torch around 773. A vigorous Spinning class on an indoor bike can burn nearly as many, about 741 calories an hour. (From an article on

That is a lot! I definitely wasn’t expecting an amount that high. I’ll still be eating all of the Thanksgiving goodies but it’s nice to know that my first Spin class will offset some of that indulgence. I hope this article helped you to not worry about what to expect at spin class and decide to¬†go for it!¬†I’ll report back on my experience soon. Until then, wish me luck ūüôā


how many calories does spin class burn
me at class on Thursday ūüėČ

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