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Top 8 Reasons To Love Spin Class – Geek Turned Athlete

Top 8 Reasons To Love Spin Class

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I went to spin class today after not going since the spring (I’ve been enjoying my bike outside since then), and it was amazing!  I had a hard time keeping my heart rate up though.  I have been feeling a little anemic lately (thanks to my monthly “present”), and I think that combined with jetlag (going to bed at 2am and having to wake up at 6am) was sabotaging my heart rate.  Oh well, I pushed it hard and made the workout my own.  I love spin, and in honor of spinning I’m going to give you the top 8 reasons to love spin class:

Top 8 Reasons To Love Spin Class

(in no particular order)

  1. YOU Control Your Workout: The classes are geared towards intermediate level participants, but you adjust the knob on the bike to your own resistance level.  It is YOUR workout.  If you want to get a good workout in, it is basically up to you how hard you work yourself on your bike.
  2. YOU Burn More Calories: A lot of people don’t push themselves when they workout on their own.  Although spin class requires some self-motivation, you want to push yourself just as hard as everyone else is.  Plus, it helps to have the instructor yelling at/ encouraging you.
  3. Good Vibes From the Class: Usually, people in the class are working very hard towards the same goal: getting a good workout in! This creates an encouraging, high energy experience that will make you push yourself harder!!  Competition is a GOOD thing!
  4. YOU Look Good After You Have Been Taking the Class: need I explain this more?? ;)
  5. Strength Training and Cardio Workout in ONE session: Not only do you get a great cardio workout in, but the hills are great strength builders!!
  6. Low Price Tag: If you go to a military gym like I currently do, the spin classes are free.  If you go to a regular gym, spin classes are usually included in your membership so you can take as many as you want during the month.  If that isn’t the case at your gym, most places will let you try a class out to see if you like it before you start paying for it!  Use this opportunity!!
  7. Low Impact Cardio: If your knees are bothering you from running or high impact aerobics, spinning might be for you.  Spinning is a low impact cardio exercise that helps balance out overuse issues that most people have from running for example.  It has been one of the things that has kept my “runners’ knee” from coming back!!
  8. Great Indoor Cycling During Winter Months: Now, this depends on your class.  If your instructor is an outdoor rider, chances are, they are going to teach a class that will help keep your cycling skills over the winter (drills similar to ACTUAL outdoor riding).  If you instructor is not, you are not in luck.  My instructor in Tucson did not teach a very “outdoor friendly” cycling class, and made me feel like I could tackle Mt. Lemon for the first time.  NOT!!  I was not prepared the first time I went up. It took many more tries of actual outdoor riding to be ready for that monster.  Here in Germany, my instructor is an amazing outdoor cyclist, and I definitely felt in shape going into my triathlon season in the spring after a long rainy/icy winter of not riding outside.

There you have it.  I hope this motivates some you to try spinning if you haven’t already!!

I can’t believe that I’m going to be teaching my own class in a week!  Eeeek!!  I’m supposed to meet with my guru spinning instructor sometime this week to go over a few things that I’m nervous about.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

What do you all think about spin class???

Good night!!

{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Leah October 29, 2009, 4:08 am

    I occasionally go to spin class when my friends drag me along…I wish I could be as motivated towards it as you are! I know it sounds awful, but I literally look at the clock from the second I sit on that uncomfy seat. I’m trying to make myself enjoy biking more, because I want to do triathlons, but it’s so much harder than running! How did you motivate yourself to really like spinning?

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    • Nicole October 29, 2009, 12:58 pm

      Did you wear bike shorts when you went? Honestly, your crotch WILL hurt for the first week or two. After that, your body gets used to it! Give it some time! Some people bring their own seat covers to class as well. It also helps if you have a motivating instructor. :)

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  • Marisa October 29, 2009, 9:01 am

    Are you teaching spin at Ramstein?? What time??? I will so go to your class!

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    • Nicole October 29, 2009, 12:55 pm

      Thursdays at 5:30pm starting next week :) And it’s free!!

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      • Marisa October 30, 2009, 8:55 am

        shoot! that means I have to choose between Spin and Kickboxing…I will see you on Thursday at 1730 :)

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  • Olivia October 29, 2009, 11:40 am

    Hey Nicole,

    Just found your website for the first time after reading the comments section of Leah’s latest post. So cool that you’re in Germany, cos I live there too!!! Where abouts do you live? I’m in Berlin.

    Looking forward to reading more!

    Olivia

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    • Nicole October 29, 2009, 12:54 pm

      Ramstein, on the other side of Germany!! :) Thanks for reading!!

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  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) October 29, 2009, 6:24 pm

    I think a few months ago you posted something about Spinning that made me eager to try it, I never had before. Well I haven’t stopped since and I absolutely love it! :) Thanks!

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    • Nicole October 29, 2009, 6:39 pm

      Great!!! No prob!!

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  • Rebecca @ Durch Dick und Duenn October 29, 2009, 6:29 pm

    your first class!!!! awesome!!!

    how exciting for you! I just went last night, I typically go every Wednesday. It just happens to fit into my schedule that way.

    The instructor is ok, I dislike his music though.

    Can’t wait to hear about it!!!

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  • Christy (CycleMix) August 11, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    Just found your site! Great stuff. I’d like to add that there’s nothing like good music to motivate you through an hour long workout. :)

    Keep up the good work on your site, can’t wait to read more of your content!

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    • Nicole August 12, 2010, 8:38 am

      You are so right! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Susi September 2, 2010, 7:22 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with your observation about the advantages of taking spin classes with teachers who ride outdoors. I find that training indoors over the winter with road cyclist-instructors helps me maintain a solid base. Thanks for this post!

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