Thursday, December 3, 2009

My First Spin Class

I attended my first spin class on Tuesday. For those of you who are familiar with them - why didn't anyone warn me about how wonderful/horrifying they are? lol.

For those of you who haven't taken one yet - you should try it at least once. :) You get to pick a bike in a big room of a bunch of other people on bikes, and you spend an hour following an instructor who takes you through several exercises of varying intensity to get your heart rate up and get you sweating your face off. I decided to choose a bike right by the mirror - I've never seen myself in a full length mirror on a bike before. The sight of my chubby little Mama body on a bike was very motivating. I've got lots of energy to use up, after all! I think I will pick that same bike again when I go back next week. It was also rather entertaining to see my entire face pouring sweat and purple during the whole ordeal. The trainer had a lot of encouraging things to say along the way, here are some of my favorites;

That last set was supposed to feel ugly if you're doing it right...

You're going to feel like quitting this time - don't...

This one is really going to burn, you'll be fine...

Find that place where you feel like you absolutely can't go any further, and keep going...

If you're starting to black out, you don't have to join us on this set, just sprint while you wait...

And my personal favorite;
This is a safe place to throw up if you need to...

Yes please.

I don't have any idea how many calories I burned during that workout, but it was so FUN! Well... now it seems fun, in retrospect. 30 minutes into the workout I was thinking, "WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO, THIS LADY IS WACK!" Luckily I'd chosen a bike on the opposite side of the room from the exit and in the front row. No escape. :)

I'm planning on making this a regular part of my weekly fitness plan - and just need to figure out where to place it in relation to my runs so that I'm not totally fried out for my runs.

Oh - and if anyone wants to join me for a Spin Cycle class next Tuesday... let me know!


  1. Good for you! I've heard spinning is hard. I bet your legs are aching today. My friend said she could barely walk the day after her first spin class. If I lived closer, I'd totally do this with you. I'll be there in spirit.

  2. Haha. I have toyed with the idea of taking a Spin class before. It sounds intense, but entertaining. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Where do you take your spinning class at? I've been wanting to try it! I'm going to go back to L.A. fitness at the end of this week as soon as I'm done with finals :)