Today I decided to try a spin class at the gym on base. (We are military and one of the benefits is free access to any gym on base.)
Whoa Boy!! That class KICKED MY BUTT. I’m telling you what…
Prior to the class I asked the instructor if she’d tell me how to adjust my bike, etc. and she was very helpful. She gave me a few beginner hints, one of which was “Try and stay at the RPMs, even if you have to lower your resistance on the bike.”
Here’s a a YouTube video of an example of a spin class in case you don’t know what it looks like. Stay at the RPMs sounded like great advice.
Yea, um, okay. Great!
I couldn’t even keep up the fastest RPMs and when I lowered my resistance my feet were coming off the pedals. Soon after they slipped she said something like “If you’re feet are flying out of the pedal holders, then up your resistance.” So I upped the resistance and just pushed my speed as fast as I could get these chubby legs to go.
It was an hour class and about halfway through I was thinking, “Why am I doing this again????????????????” *grin*
It’s amazing how you can feel so strong when walking, or jogging or doing something you’re used to, but throw in a new activity and you feel so out of shape.
No, I take that back, I didn’t feel so out of shape. I know there’s no way I could’ve done that class at 231 pounds, or even last year maybe. I also looked in the mirrors to see where I was compared to others in the class and I was about middle to lower middle. Some were keeping up great, some were lagging farther behind than I.
That’s good. Not the worst, but with plenty of room for improvement.
I’ll definitely try and keep going every Tuesday just for the change in variety. In the meantime I need to figure out a way to keep an ice pack on my bottom and, er, uh in the, um, “down there”. Bike seats are not comfortable. *giggle*
Have a good day!
p.s. I’ve added the Daily Mile widget to my blog so you can see what I do for exercise each day. It helps me have somewhere to write down my workouts and stay accountable. And it’s fun …the real reason… =)
You'll get used to the bike seat after a few weeks. I had bought a gel padded seat, but didn't use it after a month or so. I spin once a week for 45 minutes and I'm going to add in another class on Fridays I think to up my cardio. You'll figure out how to manipulate the bike. Everyone is doing a different thing. One class I burned 450 calories and I turned to my neighbor and asked and she had burned 275. Everyone works out at their own pace! GOod for you for going!! YAY LEAH!
Great job Leah….I have always thought I would like to try a spin class but maybe I don't…lol!
You are awesome!
You need some bike shorts for your sit bones. Or you need to bike more often 😀
I like to cross train because your body does get so used to doing certain exercises that you need to switch it up.
Way to go girl!! Yeah…spin classes are a GREAT way to get your butt kicked. Haven't actually done one, but bet you'll see some great results!!