Unlisted Brand • Cycle Reebok. Foundations & Interval Training with Robert Sherman • CD/Books/Movies
|Would buy this product again.||100%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This Region 1 DVD is a good introduction to indoor spinning. I’m a beginner and Amazon reviews said the instructor gave sound tips on form. I ticked ‘buy again’ because I figure that’s the equivalent to using it regularly, and gave it 5 lippies because it’s the perfect 35+ min. workout for me. Price and packaging were not an issue so those got average ratings.
There are two workouts, both just about 35 minutes, if you include the cool down and stretch. (Strangely the DVD says both workouts are 45 minutes, but this is not the case. Confused by such a discrepancy; I’m in the UK but my DVD outputs NTSC so I doubt if it can be contributed to the NTSC to PAL conversion rate).
The first introduces you to spinning, the second is a short but challenging interval workout. Sherman works with a group of other spinners – he faces the camera so you can see his form straight on, and the other spinners face away from the camera so you can see their form from behind.
Pros: Sherman reminds you to keep an eye on your posture, taking what he calls ‘posture breaks’ when he sits up straight but continues to spin, and encourages you to not bunch up your shoulders, round your back or fight the pedals to the detriment of good form. He also advises that you slide further back into the saddle as the workout intensifies and tells you which muscles are engaged when you do certain moves – and also what you should and should not feel your body/legs do as you progress. Gear changes (taking up/releasing tension) are clearly announced, so it’s easy to work hard with the group. All in all, VERY useful for the beginner. The interval workout also introduces you to working one leg at a time (one-legged drills) speed work, hills, speed work with tension increased and the importance of recovery intervals. Info is given in a confident, non-pushy way, but he does advise you work hard and keep hydrated. There is also a bit of stretching at the end – I’m not a fan of stretching but found this bit quite easy and fun to do, and I think it helped with beginner’s soreness.
I don’t regret buying this because unlike the Spinervals DVDs I’ve seen, this instructs the beginner on correct form and getting used to the feel of a bike. Plus it’s a decent workout for a beginner like me; you can make it harder or easier by adjusting tension and speed, he’s not a bossy/overbearing instructor – and you can always do both workouts back to back if you fancy an hour long session.
Cons: Each workout is short, so if you fancy one long workout you might prefer Mindy Mylrea’s The Best Ride in Town. Amazon reviews criticize Sherman’s demeanour; some one referred to him as a ‘Patrick Bateman’ type and another said he was robotic – I can see that, but in all honesty, he’s no more gung-ho and upbeat than most other fitness instructors – and he is not an actor, he’s a fitness instructor, so there’s little point analyzing his on-screen presence as opposed to the info/workout provided. His info/ tips on technique were extremely useful –and I like the option of having a moderately intense shorter workout, for variety or busy days, if nothing else. I bought the DVD as an intro to spinning and it was money well spent.