I must admit: all these years, I just never understood the people who went to spinning classes. I would be at the gym, plugging away on the elliptical machine (staring off into space) and would watch the people coming out of the spinning studio after their class, looking like they just ran through a waterfall. And I'd think, 'What a waste of time! Sitting on a stationary bike for an hour while someone barks at you to increase your resistance. Bo-oring.'
I couldn't have been more wrong.
I got there a few minutes early, and the instructor helped me adjust my bike. I picked the bike in the very back of the room (but of course!). The class was almost full, and people were spinning away and warming up. Everyone in the class was seriously fit. And then I reminded myself that perhaps at one time, some of those people weren't in great shape and started out just like me.
The hour just flew by. The instructor did speed intervals, power intervals, and some resistance work. The best part about the class was that I went at my own pace, and my own comfort level - I didn't go crazy on the resistance at all, because it was my first time. I just wanted to get a feel for the bike. The music was a good mix, but there were some songs that left a little something to be desired. I'm not into working out to blues or jazz music, but it was fine. I was concentrating so hard on not falling off the bike!
Oh, about that. I didn't realize that my feet had to be all the way into the pedals. My ankles were very wobbly about half-way through the class, and I was starting to feel pain. I looked around, and realized what my problem was. I had to stop in order to adjust my pedal straps. As I was doing that, one of the clips on the pedals spun around and gashed my leg pretty badly. Nice chunk of skin flew off. I just kept going.
I came home, and my hubby winced when he saw my wound. I just laughed! It was so worth it, honestly. Some antiseptic cream and a band-aid later, and I was good to go again.
The calorie burn must be crazy. Because it's interval training, the heart rate is going up and down. I read somewhere that it's possible to burn up to 900 calories in a 45-minute class! Talk about big bang for the buck when you're working out.
I'm a bit sore today (but not crazy sore, because I didn't go gangbusters with my resistance dial) - but I will say that I've asked myself why that bike seat couldn't be more cushioned quite a few times this morning. I am walking a bit like I've just gotten off a horse. And I've never ridden a horse before.
So, verdict? Clearly, I loved it! I'm going back on Friday. And I might get a little more adventurous with that resistance dial.