April 30, 2013

Training Tuesday: My First Time Spinning

Last week, we visited friends for a few days and while the men were busy playing golf, my friend and I were exercising and enjoying some of the sights in the South Carolina mountains. On Thursday morning, Nancy took me to my first spin class at her neighborhood fitness center.  Having never tried this before, I had no idea what to expect.  We arrived fifteen minutes early for the 8:00 am class so we could get our bikes set up and I could have an extra few minutes on the bike to decide if I could manage it with my hurt foot.

You can tell I am excited!


After the initial warm up, I decided to try the class with 6 others including the instructor, Joan.  The class voted for a 50 minute session, so we started pedaling!  Our instructor was really energetic but she emphasized that you should only adjust your settings to suit your ability.  There was a girl next to me who rides regularly so she was cranking her bike to a high intensity. Others took a more moderate pace and I tried several settings during the ride to figure out what was pushing me and what was too much.  After 40 minutes of riding hard (5 minute warm up did not count!) we started the 5 minute cool down and the class ended.  It was a highly intensive workout, but I loved it.  In fact, if it turns out that my foot has something seriously wrong with it, I may find a spin studio near my home.  With cycling being a non weight bearing activity, it is an awesome way to cross train and stay in shape.

Do you take spinning or other classes?
(Pam)

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16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great workout, Pam! I haven't tried spin yet but have heard awesome things!

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    1. I loved taking a class that made me feel as though no more exercise was needed that day. Some classes seem too easy!

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  2. I haven't tried a spin class yet either...I don't know why, but for some reason I find them so intimidating! The gym I teach yoga at has spin though so I'm going to have to get over it and try a class one day soon!

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    1. Danielle I was really intimidated for this class. However, the great thing about spinning is you can set the bike at any tension that works for you. Try it, it was really fun!

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  3. I used to take spin a long time ago...it was fun! I'm not a member of a gym anymore so I don't have the option to spin. But it's great cross training!

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    1. I agree Mindy, it is great cross training and if my foot has a serious problem, I will probably find a place near home for spinning!

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  4. That sounds like a wonderful workout! I haven't tried any spin classes yet, but I think that is going to be on my next winter cross training list.

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    1. I love that it really gives you a great workout in a short amount of time! It would be great for winter time too!

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  5. Spin is a lot of fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. I never thought I would enjoy spinning because I tend to find riding the stationary bike a little bit boring. However, my coworker recently told me that some spin classes have electronic boards at the front that show a ranking of people in the class (I guess its connected to all the bikes wirelessly somehow) -- that kind of feeds into my competitive spirit. I'm thinking about enrolling in a spinning class like that!

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    1. Oh Kristina, you are brave. I am not sure despite being super competitive, if I would want to go against my fellow riders in spin class. Please let us know if you try it and how it goes!

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  7. Good to see you on the bike! I hope your foot is doing better...

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    1. Thanks Melissa. MRI results are due tomorrow. I am really anxious to see what turns up, and hopefully it is something really small!

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  8. I'm so intimidated by spin classes!! I don't know why. But that is good to hear you can adjust your settings.

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    1. Emily the settings make all the difference. No one would know if you were working hard or slacking!

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