A few weeks ago, I signed up for my first spin class. Technically, it was an intro to spin class. Since it had been about five years since I’d gotten on a bike, stationary or otherwise, I figured that an intro class was the best way to test whether or not spinning was for me.
Turns out that taking the intro class was the best thing I could’ve done. I learned how to set up the bike, what the proper form was for the three hand positions, how to fit my sneakers into the cages on the pedals, and what cadence was. I tried spinning while seated, standing, and jumping. I know that most spin studios suggest newbies to show up 10-15 minutes before class so that the instructor can walk them through proper bike setup, but I really can’t emphasize enough just how much more reassured I felt about the whole spinning thing after taking an actual intro class. It helped that a colleague and friend of mine came along to the intro class with me!
I walked into my first spin class a little intimidated by the duration of the class (50 minutes), but still excited and eager to get started. Yes, it was challenging, but the 50 minutes flew by much faster than I thought they would, and really felt like I was getting the hang of it after the first few songs. Not surprisingly, I walked out of class a total spinning convert.
Sure, spinning is hard. I sweat a ton during class and I definitely feel the majority of my body getting a workout during the class. My muscles, particularly in my legs, are tired afterwards, but in the good way, not in the “oh my God I’m in pain I’m so sore and achey” way. I’m definitely not a spinning rockstar (yet!) since the number of classes I’ve taken can be counted on two hands, but already I feel more comfortable and confident with each class that I take. Plus, the fact that I look forward to my next spin class tells me all I need to know, as finding a type of exercise you like is half the battle of working out on a regular basis.
I don’t know if I love spinning so much because I enjoy working out to catchy music or because spinning is much easier on my knees than running or because I’ve found a great studio environment or what. At any rate, I’m really stoked to have discovered that spinning is something that I really enjoy! I’ve even got spinning shoes now and everything. I was surprised by how much of a difference the proper shoes made to my spinning experience, and now I’m determined to get my money’s worth out of them 😉