Morning Spin Class

by Stephanie on March 11, 2014 · 1 comment

in Sports & Fitness

This morning I got up, met a friend at the gym, and did a 45 minute spin class at 6:15 am.  This is not my normal.  Normally I have trouble getting out of bed at all in the morning!  Having a friend meeting me definitely helped.

The only other time I did a spin class was in my sophomore year of college.  I only remembered that I said at the time it was the hardest workout I’d done since high school swim team.  I was totally right.  The class was TOUGH!

In case you don’t know how spinning works, here is my less-than-technical explanation based on my experience.  Everyone shows up a little early to get the bike set up (adjust handlebars and seat).  The spin bikes have a resistance knob.  Turn it clockwise, resistance goes up. The bike also has a red brake lever.  Once you get spinning at low resistance you’ll be at high RPMs and spinning fast.   Do NOT try to just stop pedaling and coast like you would on a normal bike.  The pedals will keep going and you could end up hurting a knee or ankle.  To slow/stop either increase resistance or use the brake lever.  This was a little tough for me to remember since my indoor trainer obviously doesn’t work like this.

The class started with an upbeat Eminem song and about five minutes of warm-up, spinning at very low resistance.  That’s considered riding on flat ground.  The music keeps going and the instructor calls out directions to raise or lower resistance, usually by quarter or half turns.  One set we did was hill repeats.  We went up a quarter turn of the resistance at a time every 10 or 15 seconds until we were at 2 or 3 full turns.  Then we’d bring it back to flat to “rest”.

The music, instructor, and variety definitely keep you on your toes.  I was sweating buckets the entire time.  The good thing is that it really is your own workout and you control your resistance.  If you can only go up to 1.5 turns, that’s what you do.  If you need to rest, set it on low resistance for a while or brake completely.  The idea, just like always, is to do what you can.  Everyone in my class was super supportive and immediately after class they were high giving me and trying to talk me in to coming again on Thursday morning.  That’s the kind of people you want to work out with! :)

I would highly recommend bringing a towel to mop up your sweat and a full water bottle.  You’ll definitely need both.  I’m used to wearing biking gloves too, so I might bring those for next time.

It may not be this Thursday morning, but there will be a next time!

Have you done a spin class?  Did you like it?

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Erin March 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I loved spinning when I was in college but they more technologically advanced bike that showed RPMs and distance. But at the gym here the bikes are more basic. The class is still fun but I’m definitely fueled by seeing the numbers

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