Ok…I must confess that I was not a huge fan of spin classes. But in all fairness I’ve only been to 1 class before and I really didn’t like it. It was at our local gym and the instructor was great but I found that it was just like here you go lets do this and I’m sure that if I kept going I would have had a different opinion about it. Now some people do like it and enjoy it. I found that it was mundane and I felt everyone was looking at you since you were a newbie and was trying to figure it out as you went. That was about 2 years ago.
So let me speed you up to earlier this week. The group of awesome ladies that I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler with are part of a Mom’s group. Disclaimer here: I’m not a mom (would love to be some day), I know these ladies through my church and from running. The mom’s group was hosting a fundraiser for March of Dimes at a local spin cycle shop called Cycle Scene. One of them had sent me the info and so I sat on it and was like do I want to go, it’s for a good cause, but I didn’t enjoy the class before, but it’s for a good cause. As you can see I had this internal battle going. Well I signed up. The good cause won out and heck I got to hang out with a group of awesome ladies again and be honored that they wanted me to join.
Then yesterday came and I was feeling ok. I’ve been battling this cold and so I was contemplating not going. I know, I know back to that internal battle with myself. But I was taking meds and decided to go anyways. At lunch I had run 3.25 miles since that was on tap for my NYC Marathon training plan since I had been a slacker and trying to get up in the morning but I got it done. I got home from work and changed my outfit and before I knew it, it was time to head to Cycle Scene for the spin class. We got down there and I’m so thankful that I had friends that were going too, otherwise I probably would have bailed. We walked in and the place looked good, nice and clean. It was refreshing to see a spin class in a different light.
We walked into the room where they were going to have the class and found bikes to sit at. The owner and the instructor were extremely helpful with helping us set up our bikes the way they were suppose to be so we wouldn’t get injured or anything like that. The room the class took place was nicely done and had lots of lights and a beautiful mural on the back wall. Before we knew it we were starting the class. The instructor was awesome, very upbeat and helped us understand the bikes and what we were going to be doing on them. There was a big wall of mirrors behind him but as soon as we started, he tuned off the lights except for the lights that were on him. We couldn’t see our neighbors, or barely the mirror. It was like you were the only one in the room with the instructor. We started with some crunches and pushups while spinning and then moved on to some standing resistance work. Then moved on to some light upper body weights. The instructor would get off his bike and walk around and talk to us and the music was great. It had a good beat and we were so in tune with it. Before we knew it, it was the end of the class. We did some light stretching after to adjust after being on the bike for 45 minutes. They said that we were going to get a whole body work out and we certainly did.
I really enjoyed the class. I had a good time and was sweating from head to toe. I don’t remember the last time I had been sweating that much after 45 minutes. I really hope that I get to go back and maybe incorporate this into my training for the marathon. I felt like I was able to get a good work out (and I’m feeling it today). It was enjoyable the owner was really nice and talked with us after. It was good to have been and a new experience one that has changed my view on spin classes. I know spin classes aren’t for everyone, but this one definitely changed my view for myself. I would go back to Cycle Scene in a heartbeat.
*This review is mine and mine alone*