The past week I purchased a spin bike to help me remain dedicated on those days that run long… when I leave in darkness and come in, in darkness. I had hoped to always dedicate at least 30 – 45 minutes per day to do something good for myself. There were those moments when I arrived home but living in an upstairs apartment did not allot me the luxury of working out. I have neighbors who also live above me who walk, move things around, fall, drop things and when it happens, it always sounds like an eight ton elephant tearing the place down. I am careful and conscience of this fact and do not want to bring the same type of annoyance to my downstairs neighbor. Aerobics, treadmills and many other exercises were considered but my final decision rested on a high performance spin stationary cycle.
I am quite familiar with spin as I used to attend classes at the gym every morning and it was tough to get used to. The pain and agony of the seat, calloused behind, and becoming acclimated to something new was difficult, but I did it. I endured it all and eventually just as everyone had informed me the soreness, callouses went away as did the newness and I was then able to enjoy the music, the rigorous ride; not to mention I enjoyed the class. The amount of calories burned in one session also helped to push spin to the top of the list. I am now well on my way and enduring the soreness of the class; I’ve located many spin cycle courses on youtube, so that I could save money and time working out. I’ve been told over the years that gel seats and biker shorts are designed to help give a bit more cushion to your tush which I can attest to but truly the first few weeks of riding as a newbie or beginning again after not riding for some time… just know that it will be a bit uncomfortable.
The great thing about this bike is that I am still able to multitask while completing my workout. It is a high impact workout but occasionally I am still able to read, listen to things that didn’t get the proper attention during the day or I can just chill, let it all out and enjoy the ride. Some say that in just one hour on a spin bike one can burn anywhere from 500 – 800 calories. For me spinning is an attitude, the music, the cadence, the energy are all part of it. You’ll like or hate it. When I first began spinning there was equal parts of me that hated it but there was something inside that would not allow it to defeat me, something that told me that I would be back again, something that made me feel that when I wanted to raise the bar, to challenge myself, to push a little further beyond my comfort zone, that I could meet back at this place for a time of my life and it would be worth every minute.
No matter what others feel about it, I feel that I am getting something out of it and that feeling is the top feeling that matters. Welcome to the ride. I can’t wait to see myself on the other side.
- Spin spin spin!! (velvetroundtheclock.wordpress.com)
- Heartbeats meet drumbeats in Tribal Spin Class at Shades Valley YMCA (photos, video) (al.com)
- Spin Cycle Use (Outside of Class) Policy (simmonsstaff.wordpress.com)