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Spinning is popular exercise alternative

Monday, January 11, 2010

Area patrons who have established a New Year's resolution of better health and fitness can pursue their goals by participating in wellness programs offered through Cox Monett Hospital's Fitness Center.

While the word "spinning" may be defined in a variety of ways, for the past seven years it has been known as the name of a popular wellness class offered at Cox Monett Hospital.

"Weight loss and exercise are the top reasons individuals want to workout," said Nancy Ridgley, Cox Monett Hospital's director of community wellness. "Spinning provides both. Individuals see results and that's what keeps them coming back."

According to Ridgley, Johnny G is the person behind the creation of the spinning phenomenom, which consists of high-performance bicycle racing on either the fully adjustable Jonny G Spinner or V-bike stationary bicycles. In essence, spinning is an exercise class conducted on a high-performance bicyle.

"Spinning is a workout anyone can do," said Ridgley. "Each person's heart rate is monitored while spinning, which is the best indicator when determining the needs and best workout of each person."

In addition, Ridgley said each individual can set their own goals, pace and amount of tension while cycling. Each spinning class, which utilizes motivation, mental training techniques and instruction, is headed by a certified spinning instructor.

"We (instructors) help motivate each person to reach their own fitness goals," said Ridgley. "Participants enjoy the family environment, social atmosphere and individualized attention they receive during the spin class."

Spin classes are geared toward utilizing a person's body weight as resistance. For example, a person who weighs 200 pounds and is doing a high intensity workout, will burn 450 calories in 30 minutes. Cox Monett offers both 30-minute and 45-minute spin classes.

Individuals can also participate in a wellness class that combines spinning and core exercises. During this class, 30 minutes is spent spinning and 30 minutes are devoted to upper body, abdominals and back, which provides total body strengthening.

Additional classes offered through Cox Monett Hospital's Fitness Center include:

* Journeys: a 10-week weight management program for adults.

* PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise): designed for individuals who are limited by impaired joint motion or strength with a focus on basic range-of-motion exercises.

* Kid Spinning: kids exercise while playing a Playstation game, in which the speed of the game is based on the cycling speed.

* New Beginning Strength Training: a basic body strengthening class through the use of free weights, fit balls, medicine balls and bands, which is designed for healthy individuals who have never exercised.

Pre-registration is not required to participate in a spinning class, which are offered at different times throughout the week. Patrons are asked to bring a water bottle and arrive 15 minutes before class begins.

For more information on wellness classes and schedules, call Ridgley at 354-1280 or Lauren Holland at 236-2596.

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