Hello beautiful people! So lately I’ve been getting really into indoor cycling. If you follow me on Instagram (@amberdawn.fit) then you know I’ve had some issues with injuries. I’ve hurt both knees in the past, and still deal with pain that may never quite fully go away, as well as my latest injury of smashing my foot when an aerial mat was misplaced (maaaaajor bummer).
As any active individual can attest to, injuries are not only physically, but also emotionally draining setbacks when you’ve got goals to achieve. It’s soul crushing and motivation killing! However, regardless of what might be holding you back at the moment, there’s always something you can do! I’m currently working to cut body fat so I needed to get in some low impact cardio. Cycling is a perfect way to burn calories and improve strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health, while still being gentle on aching joints.
Proper gear can make or break a workout. I’d taken plenty of classes in my regular gym shoes, and my feet were always cramping up on me. Sometimes it was also hard to get in the proper positions because I was afraid of my feet slipping out of the pedals and busting my shin, so I was really missing out. I’d position my feet improperly or put too much weight on the handlebars. Trying to compensate when you can’t quite get into proper positions can cause muscle imbalances and injuries! NO GOOD!Well, I recently made the decision to shell out for some legit cycling shoes and clips. WOW! What a difference! I went with the Bontrager Sonic Women’s Road Shoe. Worth every penny to be honest. Especially with my foot already having issues, these shoes allow me to clip into the bike so I can position myself just right and get the most out of each cycling session! It’s like a different world, and my legs and glutes are getting worked like never before! My fellow spin-goers weren’t kidding when they said the difference is like night and day.
Now, if you’re like me (or me a week ago anyway) then you have no idea about choosing a cycling shoe or clip compatibility. I recommend hitting up the nearest bike shop for assistance, letting them know where you usually cycle and what kind of bikes are used there. If you’re in CA around the Conejo Valley, the fellas over at Westlake Cyclery were really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful in getting me the right stuff. Your instructor will also be able to show you how to clip into the pedals before class. After that, you’re all set! Clip in, hydrate, and get ready to have your world rocked! It’s a game changer!