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Fifty-seven and still going for it Doug Gross says indoor cycling is helping his tennis game, overall health

At an age when many people feel like it's time to start slowing down, Ann Arbor-area resident and RydeOn! client Doug Gross is using indoor cycling to improve his life on and off the tennis court.

-Dawn Wolfe

At an age when many people feel like it's time to start slowing down, Ann Arbor-area resident and RydeOn! client Doug Gross is using indoor cycling to improve his life on and off the tennis court.

On May 16, Doug told the RydeOn! family via our Facebook page that, “Spinning is improving my tennis game, I can feel the difference in my endurance! After about 10 classes now I feel like when Brigid says to go for it I am really excited about pushing my limits.”

Exactly what about indoor cycling is making the difference? According to Doug, who has been spinning with RydeOn! for “about nine months,” he is feeling more energetic thanks to the aerobic workouts he gets in class.

“In tennis, when you reach the second or third set you tend to feel tired,” he said. “But since coming to RydeOn! I feel I have more reserves than I had in the past. Certainly it's the case that when you're spinning you start out feeling tired toward the end of a class but after awhile you build more stamina.”

“The first ten classes or so I was holding back because I was afraid I was going to fall off the bike and collapse, but after building my endurance through repeated classes I realized I could push more and more,” he added. “It's a great feeling whether I'm in an indoor cycling class or playing tennis – I feel like I can reach deep and go for it.”

Doug added that he's seeing the benefits of RydeOn! classes well beyond his tennis game. “I think that the aerobic part is so critical if you want to be in good condition for all kinds of parts of your life,” he explained. “I went hiking a couple weeks ago and it was so nice to feel aerobically fit – I didn't get exhausted and at the end of the day. It's nice to still be able to do things like that.”

And while his weight hasn't changed since he started indoor cycling, Doug said that weight loss isn't his goal. Instead, Doug enjoys RydeOn! in part because spinning is helping him avoid gaining the few pounds a year that many of us find ourselves putting on after the age of fifty.

“I'm pretty determined not to let my weight go above a certain point, and I'm managing to keep it where I want it so that's a good thing,” he said.

Do you enjoy summer sports? Would you like to enjoy them more? Sign up for indoor cycling classes with RydeOn! today and spin your way to more endurance – just like Doug! Just click here to save with our Summer Camp special – twelve Rydes for just $105.

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