Organized indoor cycling – aka “spinning” – gained steady popularity in 2018, with over a dozen places conducting classes island-wide. In 2021, this number has increased, going as far as virtual spin classes, to keep up with the demand during the pandemic. Places like such as Zouk, due to Covid-19 restrictions, decided to convert their space to accommodate spinning classes. Located conveniently in the heartlands as well as the CBD area, one could easily sign up for a class with a tap of a button.

Spin Class: High Intensity Workout

Spin classes focus around building up endurance and strength often at high intensities. Surrounded by strobing lights, upbeat music and enthusiastic instructors, the adrenaline rush will allow you to push yourself far beyond your usual limits.

It is easy to get carried away, overexerting your muscles in the process. Many factors, including per pressure and/or the obligation to keep up, makes spinning – or any other vigorous exercise for that matter – potentially dangerous. It is good to be aware of your limits and take things easy if you have not been exercising regularly prior to your spin class, and especially so if it is your first.

Spin Class Injury Case

Spin Class: High Intensity Workout

Spin Class: High Intensity Workout

Recently, a lady was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis after her first spin class. Even though she was used to intense workouts, she experienced severe pain 3 days after her class and found herself unable to move her legs properly. Soreness and cramping were predominant in her thigh.

What you need to know about Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is characterized as a rare condition because of skeletal muscle damage. The death of muscle fibres leads to large amounts of proteins and other contents being released into the bloodstream. Accumulation of these proteins will overwork one’s kidneys, causing renal (kidney) failure as a complication.

So how do you know your muscles may be undergoing damage? What are the symptoms to look out for? You may, indeed, experience a delayed-onset of muscle soreness, which can start 1-2 days after a workout. Severe muscle ache/swelling, and muscle cramps may be present together with dark-coloured urine. Seek medical attention immediately should these signs be present. Yes, it is common to feel your body ache right after a good gym session or after a sweaty spin class, but it is essential to know the difference.

If caught on early, Rhabdomyolysis can be easily treated; a full recovery can also be expected. To diagnose your condition, the doctor may first take a test to determine the level of creatine kinase (CK) in your bloodstream, and/or urine tests for the presence of myoglobin which are a potential threat to the kidneys. Having an elevated level of CK, along with the abovementioned symptoms may suggest Rhabdomyolysis or kidney failure. IV drips are a common and simple form of treatment to rehydrate one’s body, maintain urine production, and prevent kidney malfunction. Dialysis may also be suggested.

Take care of your body during Spin Class

Hydrate your body during Spin Class

Prevention is always better than cure. Ensure sufficient warming up prior to exercise and hydrate yourself regularly before, during and after exercise. Cooling down can be as simple as taking a short walk for 5-10 minutes. If possible, take an introductory spin class to spinning targeted towards beginners to familiarize yourself with the environment, and to get a feel of the workout.

Come to the class a few minutes earlier so you can set up your bike and talk to the instructors to feel at ease. Most importantly, take small, progressive steps while recognizing your own limits so you know when to stop. Be patient; a healthy lifestyle change takes time.

If you need help improving your range of motion, aerobic capacity and physical endurance, a physiotherapist can provide thorough assessment and guidance!