True Life: I’m Addicted To Spin Class, The Highs And Lows Of Spinning
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about spin class. The insane classes that require you to ride on a stationary bike for 45 mins to an hour while doing various exercises. Most people fall into two categories when it comes to spinning. You either love it and find yourself completely addicted OR just the idea of riding on a stationary bike makes you cringe.
Well for me, I have fallen into the completely addicted and obsessed category. As a previous ballet dancer, I never thought I would see the day that I got a high from riding a bike. I always pictured myself as the old lady teaching ballet classes to young children during her spare time. However, things have changed.
If, you’ve ever taken a spin class with Nichelle at Cycle House in West Hollywood or ventured off to Soul Cycle in Union Square, you would understand my new found love. The highs of spinning are the confidence boost, and even improved posture you feel after 4 or 5 classes. It’s the improvement in your stamina and endurance that keeps you coming back. It also helps when the instructor empowers you during your work and plays your favorite music. The first class may be the hardest, but the progress and need to push yourself will become addicting.
Now, I’ll admit, spinning does have it’s lows. The pain you feel in your legs and especially your tailbone the first time you ride without a cushion isn’t fun. Nor is the complete pain and sting your arms feel when you’re doing arm exercises while riding. And, let’s not EVEN discuss the burn you feel when you’re told to turn up your resistance. It will have you cursing at your instructor and promising yourself that you will never do it again.
Still, spinning is unlike any other work out. It builds strength in your legs and stamina. While many people believe spinning will make you fat aka your legs get bigger from building up the muscles down there, I personally love it. It’s a great source of cardio for you. If you’re worried about it, throw in some yoga classes or my second favorite, barre classes with it. Trust me ladies. It’s worth the try.
Am I the only one addicted to spin? Let’s talk about it ladies!