No, You Won't Get Bulky Thighs—4 Spin Myths We're Debunking Right Now

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I am fully aware of the many misconceptions surrounding indoor cycling, because I have personally fallen victim to them many times over. True story: En route to my first SoulCycle class several years ago, I was so nervous that I felt physically ill. As someone who really despised cardio for many years and was still overwhelmed by the newly burgeoning boutique fitness scene in NYC—and the notoriously cult-like fervor of places like SoulCycle—I was incredibly overwhelmed.

Spoiler alert: Five minutes into class, all that anxiety had melted away as I picked up on the lingo, realized no one cared how precise my tap-backs were, and fell into the groove of the pounding music. But when I was in Paris a few weeks ago to explore the wellness scene, I felt that old intimidation resurface as I stepped into one of the popular cycling studios there. Even if it only took a matter of seconds to remember yet again that I actually like indoor cycling, clearly these misconceptions are persistent.

And if there's anything I've learned in confiding these things to my friends over the years, it's that I'm not alone. Spin is polarizing in a peculiar way, in that many of the people I know who claim not to like it have only tried it once or twice (if at all). And these same people recite the same myths I have found myself debunking through personal experience again and again. So in an effort to clear the air once and for all, I deferred to Peloton instructor Jennifer Jacobs. Below, she address some of the most popular spin class myths, from how it affects muscle tone in our legs to the intimidation factor.