Spinning class great for all levels

June 9, 2012 Sports Print Print
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Director of OCCC Child Development Center and Lab School Mary McCoy, Assistant Director of CDCLS, Barb Carter and CDCLS Teacher and Lab Assistant, Kendra Miller take a noon spinning class at the Wellness and Fitness Center. Spinning classes are $20 per month. A Summer Group Fitness Pass for current students is $35.

Throughout the summer, the OCCC Recreation and Fitness Center is offering a variety of workout classes including a spinning program.

Spinning is cycling on a stationary bike and is beneficial to all fitness levels.

In a 40-minute spinning class, the average person can burn 400 to 500 calories if they maintain 80 to 110 rpm on their stationary bike.

If the participant were on a moving bike, that would equal out to about 15 to 20 miles.

Jayme Butler, class instructor, said “everyone that cares about their body and their heart should take the class.”

An OCCC faculty member taking the class said that it was a great workout and a lot of fun.

The class has nine bikes available, so you must reserve a spot through the Recreation and Fitness Center if you wish to join.

Butler said she recently had someone leave the room to throw up in one of her classes, and afterward jokingly said, “I knew I had made it as an instructor.” 

Butler, who also participates in the class, has been teaching the class at OCCC for two months.

The class offers a variety of intensity and endurance options with specific workouts to each one.

“You can make it your own workout,” Butler said.

That is possible because the person controls their own bike settings and tension, she said.

There are five “Energy Zones” that a participant can choose from, each one varying in difficulty: Recovery, Endurance, Strength, Interval and Race Day.

“It would be a good workout for the triathlon coming up,” Butler said.

However, she also emphasized that the class is great for people of all fitness levels.

The OCCC SuperSprint Triathlon is June 9 and consists of a 12-mile bike ride as well as a 500-meter swim and a 5K run.

No extra equipment is needed for the class. 

Participants are asked to wear comfortable workout clothes, but breathable tops and padded shorts are optional for extra comfort.

OCCC is an Official Spinning Center of Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc., an equipment-based education company.

Spinning classes are offered throughout the summer Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 12:40 p.m.  at the Recreation and Fitness Center.

The class fee is $25 for a month and is offered to anyone above the age of 16.

For more information, contact the Recreation and Fitness Center at 405-682-7860.

To contact Mitchell Richards, email sportswriter@occc.edu.

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