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Michelle Davidson(Physical Therapist)answered(7/18/2012)When spinning is done correctly, it is great, high intensity cardio/aerobic workout that can improve your lower body strength and endurance--which, in reality, is a really good thing (and it's not too bad for training on hills or sprints for an actual bike, either...) You want to be careful not to overdo it though if you are just getting into it--just like anything else. Shoot for twice a week initially for the first month or so to build up your endurance and then work your way up from there--if you love it, great. If not--there are a ton of other machines that you can get a great cardio workout with as well as just running outside :)
Michaela Ballmann, MS RD(Registered Dietitian)answered(11/9/2012)Spinning is a great cardio exercise that can be varied to meet or challenge your fitness level. Since the intensity can be adjusted by turning a dial and/or by standing up, you can make the class fit your fitness goals. It's also great for those who have "bad knees" and need a lower impact activity.