Spinning classes are very popular here at Pivotal Fitness’ Greenville gym. And most people know that the phrase, which has been around for over two decades, refers to bicycling in place, indoors. But do you know the history and origin of spinning as an athletic activity?

In the mid-1980s, Jonathan Goldberg (or Johnny G) rigged up a stationary biking system that would allow him to safely complete cycling activities without combating outdoor obstacles such as weather and traffic. The most important part of his bike design involved replicating the training conditions of outdoor terrain and allowing for greater flexibility of workout than other indoor cycling options. When his invention and classes gained popularity, he began offering classes to others in Santa Monica.

In the mid-1990s, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. secured rights to the term “spinning.” The company still officially owns the copyright on “Spinning,” “SPIN” and “Spinner.” They also manufacture the only trademarked “Spinning bikes” in conjunction with Star Trac, even though many companies also offer “spin bike” variations.

Today’s spin bikes are updated to offer a variety of settings to challenge experienced riders and accommodate all preferences. Gyms across the nation now offer spinning classes as standard parts of a comprehensive curriculum to work the core, calves, quads and outer thigh muscles.

Spinning classes are held daily at our local Greenville gym; they’re available for all levels (ranging from Level 1 Cycle to the advanced and longer-length SpinCamp), and they’re also available in combos, like our Cycle & Core course. Check our online schedule to learn what options are available and when.

During winter, those dwelling in chilly climates can experience varying degrees of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This clinical phenomenon is an effect of the brain perceiving fewer ultraviolet rays from the sun, which in turn makes the body more tired, sad or susceptible to stress—all as a reaction to gray skies and low temperatures.

But you don’t need to be diagnosed with a disorder to feel similar symptoms. With all this snow and slush that’s been coming down on Greenville over the past few weeks, and no sign of the end of winter anytime soon, you might start to have physiological reactions that have nothing to do with actually being outside in the cold.

Regular trips to the gym can put a positive spin on your mood. When you work out, your body releases endorphins that make you immediately get a boost of happiness and self-confidence. And of course, you’ll feel great about yourself because you put time and effort into your health—as well as just looking great. Plus, just making a point to leave your home or office and visit your local Greenville gym can be a big help. It gets you moving, brings you out into the sunlight and gives you something to look forward to while you’re at work, in traffic or just bogged down with tasks at home.

Another great way to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder is by tanning. Pivotal Fitness members qualify for special rates and packages at the Tropical Heat tanning salons within the Charleston and Summerville South Carolina gyms. If you’re in the area, you can combat shorter days and reduced exposure to sunlight by spending some time in the pleasant and relaxing UV rays of one of our regional tanning booths.

Whether battling the blues with endorphins or manmade ultraviolet rays, a trip to Pivotal Fitness’ Greenville health club is all it takes. Our staff is courteous and helpful and our facilities are always clean and well-maintained. Come by to check it out for yourself and be happy, not SAD, all winter!