Physical benefits of indoor cycling are many including increase of cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, decrease of body fat and increase of lean body mass, and a great weight management program in conjunction with a well-balanced diet.
Cycling is an excellent cardiorespiratory activity with benefits similar to jogging and running. It is a good alternative for those who do not like to jog or run, or who have orthopedic limitations to weight bearing exercise.
Psychological benefits would include relieving stress, increasing beta-endorphins and a great, fun social activity.
Performance benefits would include increasing speed, endurance, leg strength and power. The basic advantages of indoor cycling are its convenience and relative safety. Indoor cycling can save time by maximizing your training within an hour rather than driving to and from a place to train outdoors. It can also be more of an intense workout. Distractions are minimized and allow the participant to concentrate and focus on maximizing or maintaining heart rate for the session without worrying about cars, potholes and other road hazards. Not only is the workout more intense but also it can be more precise due to less distractions and more focus on the planned profile or program. A student can improve pedal stroke action by focusing on a smooth and complete pedal cycle on each leg independently. An additional benefit is that participants have their own individual workout within a group setting. Participants can control their own intensity by modifying the resistance, cadence and body position. This workout can also be used for recovery as well. By working at a lower intensity a rider can massage and speed up lactic acid clearance from the muscle and diminish post training stiffness and soreness. Above all, it is a great workout when it is dark outside or there is bad weather.