Friday, August 13, 2010

I love the SPIN



Can you tell the difference, other than the first one has a slight look of trepidation about it, and the other has a "oh yeah, I rocked it" feel about it.

I attended my first spin class today and I must admit even though I was terribly excited about it, I was extremely nervous too. I felt like I was going to a race and I don't really know why, other than it was just "first time jitters".

So as I got there and signed up I met the instructor and I held up my learners plates. He was very helpful in helping me set up my spin bike and explaining a couple of things about the 45 minute class that lay ahead. He said in a fairly matter of fact way "today's class will be about 7 songs long with alot of fun stuff mixed in". And naive Barbara was like "Oh cool, can't wait", that was until the lady sitting beside me said "It's hard, and you could possibly have trouble walking tomorrow". Okay, I thought to myself, how hard could this be. I have done alot of hard stuff but really looking back now, this was quite hard. Fun but hard.

So good things about the class:
  • Instructor- great guy but a saddist. He loved hearing me grunt & moan, and would just smile.
  • Small class size. There was only 7 or 8 of us. Didn't get all hot and stinky.
  • Music. Good mix of high end tempo stuff. Really good to keep your cadence up.
  • Intensity. Good mix of intervals, sprints, hill climbs interspersed with recovery periods.
  • Bike seat. Not too hard or too soft. Just right said "Goldilocks".
  • Cardio. I felt like my chest would explode at times. My jugular vein was pumping so hard I could feel the blood swooshing in my ears.
  • Legs. I am proud of them. They held up really well even though at times they pretty much were pushing such a hard resistance it felt like they were barely moving.
Things I didn't like:
  • NOTHING, I loved it all. What's not to love about a good workout. I challenged myself on yet another thing and came up trumps. I know I may ache tomorrow but I have found another love "Spinning".
Thing's to improve on:
  • Posture. When I am hill climbing I lean too far forward when I am out of my saddle, so I need to be a little more upright and closer to my seat.
  • That was really the only thing he said he could see that I was doing wrong.
This is definately going to be my Friday ritual. I love it, can't wait to do it again.


  1. Good one, glad it went well.


  2. Oh doesn't it feel so good to finish!!!

  3. Glad you enjoyed it so much! Hard to beat the feeling after a good workout like that.

  4. Love the before and after pics! Glad you rocked it!

  5. I want to try a spinning class, too, but am so nervous. Thanks for sharing your newbie experience! I just joined a gym and am hoping to make it part of my routine too!

  6. isn't it an awesome workout! great way to find a lot of new strength when the outdoor season returns!

  7. I'm glad you had a good spin class! I've been to some that I loved and some that I hated and it always came down to the instructor and the music. It sounds like you found a good one!

  8. Eoin: Thanks, looking forward to next class.

    Flatout Jim: Yep, but it went so quickly.

    Johann: Definately, a good buzz like that is hard to beat.

    P: Thanks so much. Thanks for stopping by. Pls stop by more often :)

    M: Have fun with it. It is a total ball and I am sure you will love it. Pls continue to stop by or become a follower. I always love seeing new faces.

    Skierz: That's what I am hoping to achieve. New found strength. I loved it.

    Aimee: I can see how that would happen. Next week we will have a different instructor so it will be good to see if there is any difference.

  9. what songs does a sadist play whilst running a spin class?

  10. Patrick: "It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll" AC/DC. Only joking. He was very good.

  11. Just came across your blog... You made the hard workout sound like fun. Hope you can walk today, though!

  12. Tina @GottaRunNow: Hey, thanks for stopping by and joining me on my journey. I look forward to seeing you more often. I love the spin class and yes I had absolutely no trouble walking the next day.


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