Spinning is a form of exercise that is growing in popularity. Instructors guide students through a workout on a stationary bike and use resistance to control the intensity of the workout.
Hospital staff members Lauren Holland and Brenda Davis both attended the recent orientation session and are now certified Mad Dogg instructors.
"We are happy to welcome them as certified instructors," said Nancy Ridgley, director of community wellness at Cox Monett Hospital.
Holland, who already holds a group exercise certificate and serves as Cox Monett's community wellness educator, has been teaching fitness classes at the hospital since she began working at Cox Monett in 2003. She currently leads a spin class at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and fills in as needed.
Davis is a part-time fitness instructor who teaches the Arthritis Foundation exercise program, previously known as PACE, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., a regular spin class on Tuesday nights at 6:45 p.m. and low impact Journeys exercise classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.
Both women personally enjoy spinning and find its benefits are far reaching.
"It's an exercise anyone can do no matter their fitness level," said Holland.
"It allows you to do a high-aerobic exercise with low impact," added Davis.
Holland and Davis join Theresa Bouchard, Deb Williams, Matt Lee, Dondi Bass and Ridgley as certified instructors who teach spin classes at the hospital, which is a licensed Mad Dogg spinning facility.
"Spinning is an exercise anyone can participate in," said Ridgley. "We do sprints and jumps and make it like outdoor terrain. We change it up and spin to different music styles to make it more enjoyable."
The regular spin class consists of about 30 minutes of spinning combined with 30 minutes of core exercise. The two together work to increase a person's strength, endurance and flexibility.
Cox Monett Hospital's Wellness Center currently offers 12 different spin classes a week. Some classes are offered at 6 a.m. and others are offered at 4, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. There is also a Saturday morning session, and a class offered on Sunday afternoon.
"We try to make it convenient for different lifestyles and schedules," said Ridgley.
Spinning is an exercise that can be adapted for any age.
"As long as you're five feet tall, you can spin no matter your age," said Ridgley. "We have 80-year-old spinners. It works for anyone."
According to Ridgley, spinning is an incredible tool that helps individuals become fit and healthy. Spinning improves cardiovascular fitness and inspires people to reach new fitness goals.
"This is the place you need to be if you want to lose weight or get in shape," said Ridgley. "There's never a perfect time to start. Just start spinning, and you'll find yourself falling in love with it."
Taking classes through the hospital can be less intimidating than going to a gym to exercise.
"We come to work out. T-shirts and shorts are just fine," said Ridgley. "We work hard, and there's a lot of comraderie.
"It's like a family," added Ridgley. "We miss people when they're not here. It's a place where friendships are formed."
The cost to spin is $4 per class or $3.50 per class if a person purchases 10 sessions.
For more information on spinning or any of Cox Monett Hospital's wellness programs, call Ridgley at 354-1439.