The short answer is there is really no difference. The long answer is: Whether you should use the word Spinning®, RPM™ or indoor cycling comes down to what cycle, instructor and training program you use. Since 1992 the word Spinning® has been a registered trademark. Spinning® therefore refers to the unique fitness products, cycles and programs offered by the trademark holder of Spinning®. If you want to use the word Spinning® it is necessary for you to be trained as a Spinning® instructor by the Spinning® trademark holder, purchase their Spinning® cycles and in addition get their permission. There are other companies that have their own trademark for the cycle activity known as Spinning®. E.g. Les Mills has registered the trademark RPM™ which is a contraction of Raw Power in Motion. Les Mills define RPM™ in the following way: RPM™ is the indoor cycling workout where you ride on an indoor cycle to the rhythm of powerful music’. So whether you should use the word Spinning®, RPM™ or indoor cycling comes down to what cycle, instructor and training program you use. However, when it comes down to the actual cycle activity that the word Spinning®, RPM™ or indoor cycling refers to, there is no difference.
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