Each morning, I start off by hitting up the hotel gym for a workout to get my blood flowing, and my mind in the right spot to learn all day long.
This particular hotel gym is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen: two rooms with lots of equipment.
But this morning, I glanced over by the cardio area to find what I think is one of the absolute biggest fitness SINS.
There were 2 Peloton bikes (fine, I have no issue there) with a space on the back for 2 mini dumbbells ===> SIN!!!!!!!
Dumbbells have NO PLACE on a spin bike, and there’s absolutely zero effective purpose to adding in some 3lb bicep curls or tricep kickbacks while you’re pedaling away.
(cue the unsubscribes….)
I know that several of the newer boutique spin studios incorporate “push-ups” on the bike, or a segment of class that involves dumbbells.
But let me get one thing clear: if you are trying to lose weight, get fit, and look/feel your best, THIS IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO ABOUT IT.
I use the words “fitness sin” very purposefully here…
There are a lot of unconventional approaches to exercise, and people do a lot of things that I wouldn’t necessarily do, or advise my clients to do….
…but this is downright ludicrous.
Don’t get me wrong- I completely understand that this ‘hybrid’ spin/strength approach has gotten people off of their couch from doing nothing…. So there can be a small benefit for some.
But what I feel so compelled to address - and to set straight - is that this method of lifting 3lb dumbbells while spinning on a stationary bike is NOT going to give you the results that you want.
If you are trying to get a good sweat out of your cardio spin session, let it be that!!
Focus on good form, efficient pedal strokes, and your heart rate.
And, if you’re trying to gain/maintain muscle mass so you can achieve a toned or sleek appearance, then get your A$$ into the weight room!
You’re going to have to pick up weights heavier than 3lbs, and you must follow a balanced training program in order to see results.