Looking for a way to revamp your tired workout routine? Why not try RPM? This is a safe and fun aerobic workout that combines cycling, music, and motivational coaching to get your heart pumping. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced cyclist, your coach can work with you and set up a bike to match your individualized fitness level. Read on to learn more about RPM’s origins, benefits, and where to get your cycle on!
What is RPM?
RPM is a cardio workout that’s roots are in the sport of cycle racing. While RPM is not competitive, it does consist of simulated climbs, sprints, and interval training, much like you would find with actual terrain cycling. RPM stands for “rotations per minute.” RPM devices, along with the machine’s resistance level, gauge the speed and intensity of your workout. The three most common RPM devices are arm ergometers, elliptical machines, and stationary cycles.
How will RPM benefit me?
RPM has many health benefits that will keep you coming back for more. Our RPM classes are an hour long, and in that time, you can burn up to 600 calories! This makes it easier than ever to burn a little fat before work or even on your lunch break. You’ll also increase overall cardiovascular fitness by toning and shaping your legs, hips, and glutes–that’s a win-win-win.
In addition to physical health, RPM can really boost your mental and emotional well-being. The exercise will release endorphins that will give you natural energy, which lasts longer than coffee or sugary foods. This energy will propel you to be more productive and make healthier choices throughout the day. And, of course, if you’re cycling with the same people every class, you might even make some new friends!
What should I do before joining an RPM class?
As with any new workout class, try to schedule a physical with your doctor so that he or she can clear you for cardio activity. If you are new to a class, arrive early to meet your instructor and get some pointers for RPM success. He or she can then help you set your bike to a fitness level that suits your ability.
Fortunately, RPM does not require any equipment except a water bottle, sweat towel, and good attitude. Make sure, however, that you wear comfortable workout clothes and supportive shoes to your session. Cycling shorts will be more comfortable (with varying riding positions and speeds) but are not required for RPM.
Where can I find RPM classes?
Great question! The Lafayette Family YMCA offers RPM classes at both our 18th Street and Downtown Center locations. The sessions are free for all YMCA members. Simply stop by the front desk when you arrive to get your “ticket to ride.” If you’re a teen (or have a teen) who wants to get active with RPM, you can attend unaccompanied by an adult as long as you’re at least 15. We have several excellent instructors who will tailor RPM to everyone’s different fitness levels and needs, making RPM an enjoyable experience for all.
Cool! When can I get started?
We offer hour-long RPM classes six days a week at our 18th Street location and all seven days of the week at our downtown location. At 18th Street, we have 5:30 am classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 6:15 am and 5:30 pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and an 8:30 am class on Saturdays. At our Downtown Center, we have even more days and times for you to choose from, including an 11:30 am class on Tuesdays and Thursdays that is just 50 minutes. You can check out our complete schedules for our 18th Street and Downtown Center here.
Now that you know all about RPM, what are you waiting for? Check out this awesome workout today!
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