Spin bikes help lose weight, build stamina

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Spin off: Gina Marietti, co-owner of SPINclub Cycling Studios in Mokena, works out on one of the 25 Star Trac spin bikes offered at the workout facility. | Supplied photo

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About 1 ½ years ago Eileen Keating decided she wasn’t living a healthy lifestyle and was going to do something about it.

Today, through a routine of spin biking and a change in her eating habits, the 55-year-old Tinley Park woman is almost 50 pounds lighter, toned and even sporting some muscle.

“The weight came off faster by spinning and dieting together,” Keating said. “People will tell me, ‘You look amazing.’ It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it.”

Keating does her spin biking at the SPINclub Cycling Studios, located at 9960 W. 191st St. in Mokena, which differs from other health clubs in that spin biking and weight training are the only two classes offered. You won’t see treadmills or recumbent bikes there, said co-owner Gina Marietti, who conducts classes in both areas.

Marietti said the SPINclub has 25 Star Trac spin bikes, the same ones used in “The Biggest Loser” TV show. She said the bikes work your abs and provide more of a cardiovascular workout than recumbent bikes.

“These are easier on your knees and hips. Plus, you can go at your own pace. You don’t have to follow the instructor. If you’re having an off-day and want to sit there and pedal, you can do it at your own pace,” she said.

Building stamina

Marietti said spin bikes provide good cross-training for runners and is one of the most effective ways to burn calories.

“The bikes help with endurance and stamina. A lot of marathon runners do spin biking,” she said.

She said doing a good workout on the spin bike during a one-hour class would burn off between 500 and 800 calories, the same number burned while running a 10-minute mile for one hour.

Marietti said she and two partners decided to open the SPINclub in January 2010 after the gym where she was teaching opted to end those classes.

“There were no unique spin clubs in Will County. I knew there was a void. Spin classes are extremely popular,” she said.

Several ways to spin it

The club is also different from many of the other exercise clubs in that it has no sign-up, orientation, monthly or yearly fees. Instead, Marietti said people pay per class or buy a package of rides, or classes, and attend when they want. Members can sign up for classes at www.spinclubmokena.com.

Marietti said the SPINclub offers an average of four, one-hour classes per day with 25 people per class. Spin classes include Spin 101, an introductory class for people who have never been on a spin bike before; Mild Ride for beginners; Wild Ride for advanced riders; and Hybrid class, which includes 30 minutes of spin biking and 30 minutes of weight training.

Marietti also does individual personal training sessions.

Keating said all the spin bike classes are choreographed to music, with members pedaling to the beat of the music. Sometimes you stand and pedal, other times you lean way back, she said.

Keating said she hasn’t stopped going to the SPINclub now that she’s lost so much weight. In fact, she attends the Hybrid class four to five times a week and is maintaining her weight.

Plus, she said, she eagerly anticipates all her sessions at the club.

“I look forward to seeing the people and working out with them. They care about one another and worry if you’re not there at the usual time,” Keating said.

“It’s like the TV show, “Cheers.” Everyone knows your name,” she added.

For more information about the SPINclub, go to its website at www.spinclubmokena.com or call (708) 479-4455.