So, as I mentioned a while back - I tried Spinning. Spin Class. Cycling. Whatev. I spun. And I really liked it. All thanks & credit goes to Rachel from Sheddingit.com for her non-stop chatter about how incredibly awesome, life changing, sweat inducing, rainbows&butterflies Spin class is. I finally got over my fears (what if I fall off the bike? What if my ass hurts so bad I can't walk the next day?!) and went for it. I REALLY liked the first class. It was a beginner class, I rode for 30 mins, my ass only hurt minimally (honestly, it was more so the crotchal region than my actual ass cheeks - just to be clear and help you know what to expect).
Then a couple weeks ago, it was the ending week of the session of classes through my office fitness center and there was a bike available for free. So I went to that class. Not a beginner class, totally different than my first one but I also really liked it! (she had super random song selection which totally fed into my random song / music ADD nature).
So now I'm pretty much hooked. I'm to the, "Hi, my name is Angie, and I'm a spinaholic." It's the ONLY exercise I've found where I don't constantly want to scream F*ck! (seriously - ask my former trainer). I actually enjoy it while I'm doing it. And not enjoy like I enjoy walking (which is for totally different reasons - like I don't get sweaty and hardly lose my breath). This is a kick-ass workout. My face was BRIGHT red last night, I was dripping sweat and I was loving every minute of it!
I think I've said, "the best part is..." in regards to 50 different things about spin. But seriously - here's some of the best parts:
- You're in control. Sure the instructor tells you when to do what, but you control speed, resistance and intensity. If it's too much, slow down, lessen the resistance and then join back up when you can!
- You're in competition. I am my mother's child (which at just 1/2 of her genes, it still makes me crazy competitive). It's kind of fun to be in a room full of people to compete with - I won't sit if she doesn't. I'm going to move my legs just a little faster than him.
- You're working. I actually really like sweating - it's really the only gauge I use when exercising to know if I'm really utilizing that time wisely. (Sidenote: a lot of the guys in the class sweat so hard the sweat drips to the floor - this is secretly one of my competitive goals...to drip sweat to the floor).
- Every class is different. Seriously. Each instructor does things TOTALLY different. And even if you get the same instructor twice, no two rides are exactly the same - so you're always on your toes and refreshed w/ something new. Again, I'm ADD - I need this.