Spinning makes you feel the burn.
I have always been a fan of cardio workouts. I love to run and bike ride so I have always found spin classes fun. Unlike my co-editor Nicole Gibillini I have only attended a handful of spin classes but have really enjoyed them.
The most important lesson I learnt from attending a spin class at Campus Rec is show up early. With a limited number of bikes available for the class and a first come first serve basis – punctuality is key.
The fifty minute class was not a walk in the park. I did not work out too often this summer, the occasional run or walking my dog was sufficient, so starting off the fitness blog with a cardio endurance class was going to be challenging.
I really enjoyed the set up of the class starting off with an easy warm up, working the way up to an endurance climax and then a cool down and stretch. The variety of the class gives your body a great workout.
Another most important tip I got from the class is work at your own pace. The instructor is there to push the class and give you the best workout possible but don’t overdo it. I found that I started with a lot of energy but it began to deplete at about the halfway point. When you start feeling tired slow down your pace — only turn the dial twice instead of three times or stay seated instead of standing.
Always remember that it isn’t a competition but setting a personal best. My goal beginning the class was to make it to the end and I accomplished that.
My favourite part of the class would have been the fun upbeat music and entertaining instructor. Having music to spin to the beat of kept my energy and endurance up.
By the end of the class my body was covered head-to-toe with sweat and I could feel the burn in my legs – the feeling of accomplishment.
When I attend a spin class again I will make sure to show up early, rested, with a full bottle of water and a positive attitude.
Can’t wait for our next fitness class — Bollywood Fitness on Tuesday.