Burn Baby Burn: How to Make the Most of Your Workout

SPF 15...30...70.  If you don't want your skin to burn, you have plenty of options. But with a workout, we all want the burn to go on for as long as possible. And with an interval workout like the one you get at CycleBar (Formerly Spynergy Wellesley), you'll not only torch a ton of calories, you'll continue to burn more for hours after you get off the bike.


Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) - known to most of us as afterburn - is scientifically proven.  In different studies, participants burned as many as 300-700 calories more in the 24 hours after they finished exercising.  Some keys to maximizing this benefit:


  • Work harder.  Not surprisingly, the harder you work during a workout, the better the afterburn.  While moderate exercise provides almost no afterburn, spend 45 minutes in a class like Spynergy's Surge 45, and after you leave, you'll continue to burn hundreds of calories more than you would have if you'd taken a walk.


  • Drink water. In one study, drinking 17 ounces of water before a workout resulted in a 30% metabolic rate increase, which peaked about 30 minutes into the workout.  So fill up at our water cooler before class, and keep drinking afterward.


  • Do intervals.  If you've seen the countdown screen for Tabata time in Bev's class, you know what we're talking about.  If not, it's time to try it.  Intervals throw your body out of homeostasis, and it can take up to 24 hours to restore balance.  Sounds bad, but it's actually very good for your fitness levels and calorie burn. 


  • Eat Well.  Afterburn isn't a license to supersize it (unless you want to supersize yourself). 


Join us and earn your afterburn!  CycleBar (formerly Spynergy Wellesley) has been providing fun, inspired indoor cycling classes to our neighbors in Wellesley, Natick, Weston, Wayland, Newton, Needham, Chestnut Hill and other Boston area towns since 2005.



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