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Whats the difference between "Spinning" and "Studio Cycling"?

Whats the difference between "Spinning" and "Studio Cycling"?

We have come to think of indoor cycling as "spinning", just as we have come to think of tissues to wipe our noses as "Kleenex." But as we know deep in our hearts, Kleenex is a brand. Such is the case with spinning. All spinning is studio cycling, but not all studio cycling is spinning. Spinning is a registered trademark of the company Mad Dogg Athletics (which you can find in the US trademark database here).

Mad Dogg was founded by South African cyclist Johnny G, the man who invented indoor cycling as we know it today (and what he calls "spinning"). Johnny G invented spinning because he was spending an ungodly amount of time on his bike, away from the family (as many pro cyclists do) and wanted a way to get the same workout from the convenience of his own home. The spinning phenomenon quickly took off, launching a whole new category of fitness and introducing the health benefits of cycling to those of us not willing to spend 5 hours per day on a bike.

Does that mean Mad Dogg owns every spinning studio in the world? No. People like you and me can use the name spinning, but in order to do so must abide by the requirements set forth by Mad Dogg. Among the requirements to be an official spinning facility are to use a particular bike (which they refer to as a "spinner") and to abide by certain training certifications, among other requirements. The tenets of spinning are grounded in basic cycling concepts and are scientifically proven to increase aerobic capacity, burn fat, build muscle, and do many other great things for your body. Studios like Soul Cycle that employ certain dance-like techniques like "tap backs" are not authorized spinning facilities, partially because of how they deviate from the spinning workout. Therefore, you will not see the spinning trademark displayed anywhere in their studios or marketing materials.

At Steel Wheels, we adhere more closely to the proven cycling concepts practiced in spinning. However, like Soul Cycle, Flywheel and many others, we are not an authorized spinning facility. The reason? Quite simply, the Mindorski Maneuver. The Mindorski Maneuver is when you crank up the resistance to 11, stick your face in the saddle, kick your legs straight above your head and pedal furiously with your hands. The high and mighty snobs at Mad Dogg will not sign off on the Mindorski Maneuver and therefore we are not an authorized spinning facility.

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