Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Giggle for Your Weekend...Courtesy of Me

I've never tried spinning. To me, it's intimidating. I keep picturing myself as Bridget Jones, Chaka Khan rightly playing in the background, falling off her exercise bike (don't know what I'm talking about? watch this video... the first 55 seconds will do). But my gym recently changed its policy regarding spinning, in that the classes don't cost any extra. So I thought, why not? I can totally hit this Sunday 12:45 class and it will be no problem. I even showed up five minutes early, introduced myself to the teacher, and had her fit me for the bike.

"Oh my" doesn't begin to cover it. My butt hurts. Literally. I was sitting on my sofa, reading some articles for the grad seminar I teach on Monday nights, and I was thinking, "that's weird, why does my butt hurt." Hmm... isn't that the same place where the bike's seat hit my butt? Ugh. The realization of this connection makes me worry about what's in store for tomorrow, at least, in the soreness department.

But the class itself was good. The instructor was good at explaining the instructions she shouted out (hover, uphill sprint, etc). And yell she did (funny, she warned me about the yelling too). At first I was a little taken back. This chick is psycho! And then I started to think about Jillian (seriously folks, is there a workout when I don't think of Ms. Michaels??) and how she yells at her trainees. It is motivating for someone to be shouting at you, because trust me, about 20 minutes in, I wanted to quit. I actually thought about getting off the bike, picking up my water bottle, and walking out. But I didn't. I stayed. I saw the sweat literally dripping off of me. My legs felt like lead at some points, and yes, I thought I was going to die. But I didn't. I stuck with it. And, while I am sore in places that I'd rather not mention, it was an awesome workout. I think I'm hooked. I think I can handle some Sunday afternoon and occasionally some Tuesday night spinning. Plus, it'll get me off the elliptical more often, which I am getting so bored with.

So... go try something new workout-wise. Hopefully, you won't be as sore as me :)


Manuela said...

I did a spinning class early in the spring before I started biking again outside and my a** was killing me! But, I'd do it again.

We had Thanksgiving in October and I don't usually go overboard on the holidays (except for New Year's!)

I love pumpkin everything BTW, but have never had that flavour of Starbucks--yum!

Angie Eats Peace said...

Good for you for not giving up!

MizFit said...

I tired one class.
(oooh not gonna change that typo as it makes me laugh)

I made it about 15 minutes in and WALKED OUT.

some the difficulty.
some the fact it hurt my v'jayjay
ALOT the the instructor screamed at us a ton.

I dont respond to screaming :)


Cammy said...

I'm so impressed! I haven't found a class (or the nerve, for that matter, yet.) :) But you've inspired me. I'll try to find a class without a yelling person, because that doesn't work for me.

Anonymous said...

You can buy a padded seat at Target. I think they are only about 10 bucks. The seat is a must for protecting the girly-parts.


c said...

That is awesome that you tried it! I've heard so many good things about spinning. I'm so looking forward to getting settled somewhere so I can join a gym. I want to go to classes!

And don't worry, I'm sore as well, but from working out with Jillian.

Amy said...

That is great! I tried spinning a few months ago and have been go twice a week (at least the tues and thurs I get my butt out of bed) and love it. I also compare my "yelling" instructor to Jillian. I promise, the butt soreness goes away and you actually get use to the seat! Good luck and congrats on all your success thus far. You are an encouragement.

RooBabs said...

I am totally afraid of spinning, too. Plus, I hate being that sweaty. It's bad enough when I get home from running and start sweating, but I usually don't sweat that much through the whole experience.

But very cool that you stuck it out. Sorry about the sore bum. Hopefully you'll get used to it.