I know, I’m just as shocked as you that I lived in NYC for 3+ years and never went to a spin class (especially since there was a studio underneath our apartment…lol).
I got some great advice beforehand:
I admit, I was a little bit nervous because I heard that spin classes can be intense… yeah, didn’t know what to expect. Anyways, I ended up getting there about 5 minutes early and when I was signing in, the girl asked me if I wanted a front-row bike. Ummm NO… I must have given her a deer-in-headlights look because she quickly offered me one closer to the back.
I walked into the dark-ish room and found that the class was half full. I got on my bike and there must have been a 7′ man riding it before me. Luckily, the guy next to me was super nice and helped me figure out how to lower the seat. Oh, and how to unclip my spin shoes in order to get off the bike to lower the seat. #newbie
The class started and it was intense. I loved it! Cyc Fitness is known for making it into a full-body workout and even incorporates some weights and arm movements.
It was about 45 minutes long, filled with EDM music and a great sweat session. I give a million thanks to that guy next to me because I don’t think I would have made it through it without him. It was a little stressful to be a newbie and not really know what was going on… but sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone to try something new.
If you are in Austin, Madison, WI or New York, definitely give their class a try. It is a lot of fun and a great way to start a Saturday morning.
And now because I am such an expert, some of my own personal tips for trying out your own spin class:
- Definitely get there earlier than five minutes before the class… it will give you time to figure out where the lockers are, how to adjust your bike, etc.
- Don’t be scared to admit that you are a newbie… they want to make sure you are having a great experience and by admitting you don’t know what in the world is going on, it will make it better for everyone.
- Bring your water bottle and put it ON the bike. I left mine on the floor so the only way I could get it is if I unclipped my shoes, which took me about six years to do and would have resulted in me missing a good chunk of the workout. Instead I told myself I was doing a no hydration workout to make myself stronger.
- You don’t always have to do the resistance that the instructor says. I knew that since this was my first class, if I went hard the first 15 minutes, I wasn’t going to make it through the last 30. I fiddled with this a lot throughout to make sure it was challenging, but not so challenging that I wasn’t able to finish the workout.
- Have an open mind. I admit, I was frustrated when I first showed up because I really had no idea what was going on. Take a deep breath and keep your mind open. It wasn’t easy when you tried [insert favorite activity] for the first time, so it makes sense to have a few hiccups along the way.
Would I go back? Definitely. Once my apartment’s fitness center opens, they are going to have regular spin classes and I’m excited to integrate this more into my workout routine. Great way to strength train and keep fitness interesting!
Any spin lovers? Why do you love it so much?
Fitness class peeps —> do you shower before you go to AM classes? If not, do you put on make up?
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