What makes the Spinning® program a success is that it that it takes both mental and physical training
to change a body and lifestyle. Spinning® was developed to integrate a detailed set of general exercises
including heart rate training and motivational empowerment to enhance participant’s physical and
mental well-being. This Mind-Body connection is a theme that runs through AlphaPilates approach to
fitness and functional movement. At AlphaPilates, Spinning® is an integral part of achieving a balanced
healthy functional body.
For those not familiar with this type of exercise, Spinning® classes consist of riding special stationary
bikes through a series of riding drills while following the directions of a certified instructor. Spinning®
integrates music and visualization as motivational aids and camaraderie in a complete mind-and-body
exercise routine. The focus of Spinning® is to create a mind body connection to condition the cardio
vascular system while building muscle strength and endurance.
Spinning® is a highly aerobic exercise program with three major components: a warm up phase, heart
driving aerobic phase, and a cool down period at the end of the class. Classes generally are 45 minutes
in length. The instructor’s role is to lead members through the various phases of the class, and ensure
members maintain safe and proper form throughout the various routines. Attention at all time is on
maintaining the heart rate to reach the optimal goals of the class for the individual.
Spinning® is non-competitive, so people of various fitness levels can enjoy this workout together. It
enhances cardiovascular fitness and improves muscle tone and exercise endurance. Spinning works
various muscle groups, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hips and abdominal muscles. On
average, every program participant will consume approximately 500 calories in a 45-minute class.
Indoor cycling, as a concept was created in the 1980s by ultra-endurance and world-class athlete
Jonathan Goldberg ("Johnny G."). Johnny G. coined the term "Spinning" and began the ten year journey
that would eventually lead to one of the most successful fitness programs ever. He initially utilized
modified Schwinn DX900 stationary bikes for his classes, but the intensity of the program proved the
bike to be inappropriate for the Spinning® program. So, in his home garage, Johnny G designed the first
prototype Spinner®, using the geometry of his racing bicycle. The original Spinner bike was designed by
him as a personal training tool to help him in his bid to become the first person to cycle across America
in less than eight days, the 3,100-mile Race Across America (RAAM). After completing his second RAAM,
Johnny G. saw the potential bikes had as a training tool for all individuals.
In 1989, he and one of his students John R. Baudhuin, opened the first Spinning® center in Santa
Monica, California and then developed a program to certify other Spinning® instructors. In 1994, they
founded Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. to manufacture the Johnny G Spinner® and to begin the commercial
distribution of the bike and the Spinning program. That year Mad Dogg Athletics also registered and
trademarked the Spinning® name and the Johnny G Spinner®.
Johnny G and Mad Dogg Athletics developed the Spinning® Instructor Certification Program. Johnny Gand Baudhuin enlisted a group of health and fitness experts to help create the certification program,
which teaches instructors how to utilize heart rate training, how to develop a class that is fun and safe
for all levels of students, and how to master the program's movements and rhythms. Rebecca began
her association with Spinning in 1995 in San Jose, CA and was later certified to teach in 2000.
What makes the Spinning® program so successful is that it is both a workout and a philosophy. Johnny G knew from his own personal experience as an athlete and as a trainer/teacher, that it takes both mental and physical training to change a body and lifestyle. He developed the Spinning® program to integrate a detailed set of general exercises including heart rate training and motivational empowerment, to enhance participant’s physical and mental well-being. This Mind-Body connection is a theme that runs
through AlphaPilates approach to fitness and functional movement.