If you ride a bike outside, chances are you put your hands where a cyclist would put them – either right in front of you or just on the outside of the handlebars. Outdoor cyclists change hand positions often to avoid numbness and discomfort. If you do not ride outside very much or at all, then you probably ride where you were taught in your indoor cycling certification. Various indoor cycling programs have differing views on hand positions, but most of them suggest you can put your hands where you are most comfortable, and also suggest you change them as needed.
If your indoor cycling certification was Spinning®, then you were taught that there are only three hand positions, with specific movements for each one. The “three hand positions” of Spinning® is a mantra that is repeated over and over at orientations, workshops and conferences: “5 core movements, 3 hand positions” – no more, no less. As a Master Instructor for the Spinning® program, I taught these three hand positions diligently, at least early on in my 12-year tenure.
Spinning® instructors: have you ever stopped to question the reasons behind the hand positions? If not, I am about to do it for you.