Happy Midweek Posting, Fancy Oatmeal readers! It may not be the weekend, but I’m darn glad that I’m still around and cogent enough to make this posting!
I am on the outside of the insanity bubble because after taking back-to-back spin classes, for the first time ever in my life, I am about to get my tender tush back into the gym for an AM workout with my dear friend. My workouts are very skitter-scattered for the next few weeks because, as I told you on Monday, one of the reasons why I agreed to join our new LA Fitness gym was because they offer a wide variety of group workout classes. This also means that I haven’t been getting in as many miles in the running column of my life, however I have logged over 40 miles in the two spin classes that I’ve taken.
Now that I’ve tried spinning, and gone back for more, I feel as though I’m quite qualified to be able to give you a full assessment. A few things that you need to know before giving you my thoughts about the classes:
- I’m brand new and have only these two classes on which to base my assessment.
- I had two different instructors with a slightly different approach to teaching and encouragement for the students.
Thoughts about Spin Class
1. First Impressions
Here is a quick photo that I took while warming up before my first class:
It was a little bit intimidating, at first, walking into a 25% filled classroom and not knowing a sole, or what to do really. This played on my childhood insecurities BIG TIME. I chose a bike in the 2nd-row-from-the-front. I knew better than to choose front row based on the comedy club rule of thumb: closest to the comedian are the first to get called out. Both classes were completely full by the time the class started and I was certainly not that only beginner.
I had no idea who the instructor was, so even thought I had followed the advice that I had researched and arrived early enough to let the spin guru know that I was totally clueless, I didn’t know who to direct my ignorance to. Both classes, the instructor arrived about 7 minutes before the class started, but thankfully their first step was to ask if there were any newbies in the room. The first night, our instructor came over and really was helpful. She helped me adjust the height of my seat and handle bars, walked me through some of the jargon that she would be using during the class, and what resistance levels would be appropriate for first-timers and people of varying fitness. THANK GOD for that because the second night, the instructor did not. The first night’s instructor was less motivational than the second night’s; Instructor Two threw out a lot of encouragements, she got up and walked around the class a few times to check on us, and called people out for not working hard enough!
Just because I decided to do two nights in a row of spin class doesn’t mean that the first night’s session was any less strenuous than the second. Both nights I was struggling, both nights I sweat enough to drown an elephant, and both nights I left feeling like I do after a 10+ mile run.
4. More Than Just Spinning
The first class’ instructor had us doing some upper body activities while we were on lower level gears. She had us hold our arms up at eye level and twist from side to side to engage our cores. Both instructors had us do these
awful amazing variations of sitting on the seat for two counts and then standing for two counts for series of up to 20 repetitions. Man did those kick my butt!
My overall impression of spin class is that I love it, now that it’s over. I’ll definitely try and incorporate two sessions a week into my schedule, but probably not two nights in a row anymore.