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What IS Spinning?

Posted Oct 05 2011 3:50pm

Good afternoon, folks!  How are you all doing?  Things are going rather (dare I say) smoothly over here.  After yesterday’s case of the Tuesdays , and last Wednesday’s schedule debacle , today is going quite dandy if I do say so myself. Winking smile

I had a nice relaxed morning since I didn’t have to be at the gym until 11:45.  I made sure Caleb had a hearty breakfast and some snacks, then I got us ready to run errands and head out to the gym.

I got to the gym around 11 and did my own little workout: 10 minute warm-up on the stairmill and a biceps/back workout before I hit the Spin room for a little teaching action.  I taught an endurance profile today, which is always a little tame compared to an interval or strength profile, but I think we all got nice and sweaty and got a great workout nonetheless.

Total calories burned today: 635.

If you’re a regular follower/reader of my blog, you know that I talk a lot about Spinning.

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I talk a lot about taking Spin classes and teaching them, and I talk a lot about loving it so much.

But I never thought that maybe some of you have never taken a Spin class and might not even know what one is.

So what IS Spinning?

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Indoor cycling, as an organized activity, is a form of exercise with classes focusing on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity (race days) and recovery, that involve using a special stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel in a classroom setting.

Spinning is the name of the program I am certified to teach.  Not all indoor cycling classes are Spin classes; some indoor cycling classes are called RPM (Les Mills) and ReAction (Bally’s).

Spinning class makes riding a stationary more bike fun by adding variety and visualization into your workout. A motivating group setting, energizing music and inspiring instructors make Spinning class an incredible experience.

I will be the first to tell someone that I HATED Spin the first couple times I tried it.  The very first time I tried it, I was in Pensacola FL and about 185 lbs.  I hated it because it was hard.  At the 30 minute mark, I almost died because I didn’t realize it was an hour class.

I tried it again here in Maryland while I was training for my half marathon and didn’t like it because 1) the bike I used didn’t have a computer and I had no idea how much resistance I needed; 2) the instructor was lame-o (World Gym friends, rest assured, it wasn’t any of you all…lol); 3) I didn’t feel motivated or felt that I got a good workout.

I didn’t take it again until more than 6 months later with a different instructor and fell in love.  I used to think running was my #1 cardio exercise…not anymore.  Spinning has taken the #1 spot. Winking smile

If you haven’t taken a Spin class, or have and think its not for you, I challenge you to try it again. Keep trying it until you find a favorite instructor with an awesome playlist and I guarantee you’ll fall in love like I did. Smile

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