What are the Benefits of Indoor Cycling?

According to the U.S. Department of Health ".....regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of coronary disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.....and helps to control weight, contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints... reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression..." Need we go on? Cycling is also "low-impact" without the joint stress that you get from "ground-pounding" sports and activities. All good reasons to strap-in/clip-on and RYDE!

 

 

From Major Surgery to Iron Man Races, Greg Hohenberger Has Taken “Back” His Life

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Even though he's been involved with fitness for more than fifteen years through his work as a parks and recreation professional, our friend and RydeOn! Instructor Greg Hohenberger found himself flat on his back about five years ago after surgery for a herniated disc.

Some people would feel pretty defeated after such a debilitating surgery, let alone the kind of painful physical therapy that can go along with it.

But Greg, who has been an indoor cycling instructor with RydeOn! since fall of 2011, is not “some people.” That's right – five years after the kind of surgery that some people never really recover from, Greg is guiding and cheer-leading RydeOn!'s indoor cycling clients every Thursday at 6:45 pm.

But that's not all – not all that long after his surgery, Greg started racing. And not just any kind of racing – we're talking triathalons with running, swimming, and long-distance biking.

“I went through a lot of physical therapy after my back surgery, and during physical therapy it was suggested I work on improving my core strength because I'm really a tall guy,” Greg said. “So I started working that core strength and got stronger from there – and then my brother pulled me into a race and the rest was history. So far, the longest race I've done was a twenty-eight hour adventure race and an Iron Man – a really long triathalon with a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike race, and a full marathon for a total of 140.6 miles.” Greg started using indoor cycling as part of his training regimen, and still uses it today in addition to teaching with us.

Greg said he's been able to make these fantastic strides because he believes that fitness is a lifestyle – a philosophy he passes on to his students at RydeOn!.

“You can't just go and say, 'I want to lose twenty pounds' and leave it,” he said.  “You've got to get to the core of it – why do you want to lose that twenty pounds? I ask people to think about why they're coming to indoor cycling classes because knowing why is what will drive you to continue on your wellness journey instead of just getting to your first goal of losing twenty pounds and then never showing up again because you did it. If you're going to succeed, health and fitness has to be part of your lifestyle.”

Christina and I met Greg when we were taking Spinning® classes at the Saline Recreation Center. We loved his energy and determination, and we've been thrilled to have him as part of our RydeOn! instructor family. Like all of us, Greg holds a current Mad Dogg Spinning instructor certification, so he's very qualified to create and teach indoor cycling classes that will help you meet your own health and fitness goals. Whether you're already a seasoned athlete or a complete indoor cycling beginner, we know you'll love working with him.

You can join Greg's classes – he teaches Road Ryde on Thursdays at 6:45 pm and occasional other sessions -- by clicking here to register. And be sure to cheer him on – his next goal is to bring down his time in his next Iron Man race to under twelve hours!

 

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