Cycling, also commonly referred to as biking or bicycling, is a form of physical activity in which one uses a bicycle to move from one place to another. Cycling can be done for recreational or competitive purposes, for commuting, or even just for the sake of exercise. Bicycles were first invented in 1817 and have since remained one of the most popular modes of transportation across the world. This is largely in part due to their cost-effectiveness and efficiency, particularly for shorter commutes. As a sport, there are three main categories of cycling: road racing, track racing, and cyclocross.
The number of calories burned while cycling depends on the speed at which the person is cycling and their body composition. Harvard University predicts that a person weighing 155 pounds who is biking at a moderate pace (12-13.9 miles per hour) will burn 298 calories in 30 minutes. The same person biking at a faster rate (14-15.9 miles per hour), will burn 372 calories in 30 minutes.
The quadriceps and hamstrings in the upper part of the leg do the most of the work when cycling. The gastrocnemius and the soleus in the calves also work to contract in a sequence that creates a pedaling motion in the cyclist.
SoulCycle is an indoor cycling class, also known as a spin class, which combines high-intensity cardio, muscle-sculpting strength training, and rhythm-based choreography. Since founding in 2006, the company, a New York City based fitness company, has opened 88 studios in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Participants will ride to the beat of the music.