The Triathlon Shorts that are taking over Spin Class
Posted: Oct 14 2016
There’s little doubt that indoor cycling, or Spin as it is commonly known, is on the rise. Health clubs have had indoor cycling classes for many years, but recently the workout has taken off and there has been a dramatic rise in the number of dedicated spin studios.
Many of these studios are operated by individuals, but an increasing number are chains and franchises with stated goals of exponential growth. The types of workouts offered cover a wide spectrum with some studios providing music infused experiences that encourage the participants to dance on the pedals, while others have specific heart-rate based sessions designed to prepare the participants for competitive races.
The classes can provide exceptional cardio workouts and the experience is enhanced by the group instructors who serve not only as educators, but also as motivational leaders. Many of these instructors gain an almost cult-like following of students and their classes fill up within minutes.
As the number of spin sessions has grown, there has also been a corresponding demand for more functional and stylish apparel, especially from the female participants. In the early days, some participants wore gym or running shorts to the class while others elected to wear traditional bike shorts. None of these options were optimal as some gym and running shorts led to chafing and bike shorts were frequently viewed as quite unflattering due to the bulky pad in the seat area.
With some classes costing as much as $30 each, the generally affluent and demanding base of female students began to look for apparel that not only eliminated chafing, but that was also stylish.
The solution to this apparel issue ultimately came from a group known for innovation. Namely - triathletes. Triathletes are not only quick to test and adopt new technology, but they are also no strangers to suffering as some of their races cover up to 140.6 miles with 112 of that being completed on the bike.
Fortunately, triathletes are by their very nature problem solvers and a large number of the women in the sport have begun wearing an innovative pair of shorts from a company called Coeur Sports. Despite the name, which is French for Heart, Coeur is a U.S. based sports apparel provider who manufactures their clothing in downtown Los Angeles.
Coeur Sports was founded by female triathletes who, like their spin class sisters, wanted clothing that was functional and stylish. Since competitive triathletes swim, bike, and run in the same garment, triathlon shorts have to work in a wet environment and chafing had to be completely eliminated.
The designers at Coeur accomplished this goal by creating a pair of shorts that had a smooth fleece liner in it instead of the bulky pad. This liner, known as a chamois, provided a soft barrier that provided protection from chafing. Then, the team went one step further and hid the seams of the chamois in the hem of the shorts. Typically, the seams are in the seat area which comes in contact with the saddle of the bike.
The combination of an incredibly soft fleece liner and the hidden seams created a pair of shorts that is perfectly suited for spin class. The final touch is the addition of stylish designs that are a must for any clothing coming out of Los Angeles.