Spin classes and H.I.I.T. sessions both have their purpose in people’s workout regimens. Depending on the instructor, H.I.I.T can be a part of an advanced spin class. However, the majority of the time, there are quite a few differences between the two types of workouts. One of them is of course the gear used. You can see the difference just in footwear alone by looking at spin classes shoes and HIIT shoes.
In general, spin classes, also known as indoor cycling classes, last between 45 to 60 minutes. There are also some 90 minute classes, but those are not very common because most people generally opt for a cardio-based workout that lasts about an hour. Upbeat music motivates the participants to keep on going even when the going gets tough. To take part in a spin class, you will need: access to a studio that has stationary bikes, a sweat towel, water bottle and proper gym attire. Although some spin instructors like to include high intensity intervals in their classes, it’s not necessarily the key requirement of a spin class. With that in mind, there are a few moments of high intensity in any given spin class. In an indoor cycling class, you can expect to burn anywhere between 400-700 calories depending on its intensity and duration, as well as your weight. Spin class is relatively low risk because each participant is responsible for adjusting their own intensity by changing the resistance on the bike. It’s also relatively safe for beginners and people who are unable to run and jump due to previous injuries.
H.I.I.T. is also known as High Intensity Interval Training and is also a form of cardio exercise. High Intensity Interval workouts are popular because they are deemed to be more efficient and shorter. Typically, H.I.I.T. sessions last anywhere between 6 minutes to around 40 minutes. These types of workouts include moments of all out effort for a short time, followed by a recovery period. H.I.I.T. workouts, just like spin classes, are guaranteed to bring your heart rate up and keep it elevated for the duration of the session. Apart from duration, the other key difference between a H.I.I.T. workout and a spin class is that with a H.I.I.T. workout you are not limited to a single piece of equipment. In a spin class, the key piece of equipment is a stationary bike, whereas you can do High Intensity Interval Training on a treadmill, elliptical trainer or even a track. Not only that, but you can also do bodyweight exercises such as burpees, jump squats and skipping during a H.I.I.T. workout. Depending on what you do and how you do it, you can burn between 200 and 400 calories during a half hour H.I.I.T. session. You will also continue burning extra calories for up to 48 hours after the workout is complete.
When it comes to a H.I.I.T. workout, you are only limited by your own imagination. It’s very versatile and can be done outside or inside, at the gym or in your own home. You are not confined to a room full of people on indoor bikes. However, H.I.I.T. is not suitable for everyone because it’s a very high impact workout and there are definitely more chances to get injured when you are going all out. As we can see, both types of workouts have their own drawbacks and benefits.