Spin Class Analyzed.
Time flexible, as several classes are offered each day at varying times.
Shower/changing facilities available on site.
More motivational than sitting on a trainer alone.
The view. (Lets face it, the girls who regular spin aren't bad to look at)
It's only a 50 minute workout.
It has the potential to teach bad habits in form.
For guys, It seems very female oriented.
No subtle bike movements. Hell, no movement at all. You're vertically and horizontally stationary.
No wind in your face.
Compared to riding outdoors, spin class sucks. A mongoloid could figure that out. No one disputes it. For the time constrained, however, Spin helps make competition possible by supplementing the gaps class and homework place in our training.
So as much as I have to, I'll swallow my pride and spin w/ the ladies. Come race day, it's much better to be in the peloton--or chasing after it at a reasonable distance--than sitting on the couch.
Some won't agree with my strategy. That's fine. For better or worse, let the racing be the judge.