Happy Monday, Fancy Oatmeal readers!
I’m in such a daze right now because my world has been turned upside down, or at least adjusted by about 12 hours. Last night I reported to you in my semi-annual comeback tour that Dan and I had joined a new gym that offers group classes. In order to support my husband’s desire to get into the cardio routine, I offered to change from AM workouts to sweating after school. Sitting here in the less wee hour of the morning, not putting my treadmill to the test feels a little naughty.
What is really helping to keep my head on straight this morning is the fact that I am going to take a 5:30pm spin class tonight after work;
two massive shocks to my system all in one bundle.
I have NEVER taken a spin class before and I’m a little nervous.
What I’m worried about:
- It’s going to be like this:
- I’m going to look and feel like this:
To ease my mind I decided to use my investigative skills and Google the mess out of it. I got the lowdown from iVillage and according to them:
What is it? Spinning is an aerobic exercise that takes place on a specially designed stationary bicycle called (obviously enough) a spinning bike. As you pedal, motivating music plays and the instructor talks you through a visualization of an outdoor cycling workout: “You’re going up a long hill now, you can’t see the top yet.…” During the class you vary your pace — sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. This helps you to focus inwardly and work on your mind as well as your body.
Why we love it: Spinning burns serious calories (about 450 in 45 minutes) and offers an awesome aerobic workout that makes your heart pump fast. It also tones your quadriceps (front thigh muscles) and outer thigh muscles like nobody’s business! Because you stay in one place with the same basic movement throughout, Spinning doesn’t involve a lot of coordination; it’s easier to concentrate on your form than in other types of aerobic classes. And although you follow the general instructions of the spinning teacher, you are in control when it comes to your pace. You can finish a spin class, regardless of your fitness level, simply by adjusting your pace or the tension knob on the bike.
Fit Sugar’s website had three tips that I thought would be useful:
- Show up early and talk to the instructor. Be upfront about being a newbie so that you can get help to avoid making any beginners mistakes and look like a fool in front of everyone.
- What to bring: two towels; one for your face, and one for the bar
- What not to buy: spinning shoes before you know this might be something you’d stick with for long term
I’ll let you know how the class went and if I’ll be signing up for another.