(Closed) Spin Class…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love spin!  Try to take your time with it, if you can’t handle upping the resistance then don’t do it!  If you feel like you are going to pass out, take a break seriously!  No one wants to be picking people up off the floor.  But honestly, just try and pace yourself with it and get into the groove.  It’s pretty fun once you get into it!

Post # 4
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5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Good luck, you’ll be fine. The great thing about spin is that everyone sets their own intesity so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with everyone. I would just bring a bottle of water and a hand towel if you want for sweat.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely bring a towel! A towel and water should be all you need. You’re going to have so much fun, I love spinning!

Post # 6
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I loooove spin. Take a towel–you lay it over the handlebars so you can wipe up sweat quickly. Your hands will get sweaty fast and it just feels NASTY. Or if you’re like me, your elbows will start dripping. Sic. If you try to stand on your flywheel, you can slip, so I always wipe my hands off good before I start doing ‘jumps’ on my bike or anything of that nature. I’ve stumbled a few times when I get really tired and with your feet tied into the pieces, it’s scary and you can get hurt. And you look stupid and feel really embarassed!!! =]

I also am a big weenie and bring my own padded seat. It hurts my butt SO bad otherwise. The first 15 minutes I’m like “ow…ow….ow…” then i get used to it. If i take a couple weeks off, then go back and take a class, the upper insides of my thighs are very sore–up near your pubic bone. Yes, the BONE hurts. Mine gets bruised from being pressed up against the hard spin seat for an hour, especially jumping on it or bouncing on it. It’s such a weird spot to have pain.

Wear long shorts that are tight or capris. You don’t want to wear regular shorts because they’ll ride up (been there done that) and it’s really uncomfortable to have bare thighs on the seat. Plus, the hem of your loose shorts can catch on your seat. Been there, done that. THat was awkward, too. Pants I don’t like, either, because they catch on stuff sometimes, like the flywheel or the water bottle holder.

But i really enjoy spin. I wear a heart rate monitor and i hit about 800 calories every class. Mention to the instructor that you’re new–they’ll help you set up your bike properly (you can seriously hurt yourself if you’re on it wrong) and if you keep the seat lower than the handlebars, that’s ‘easier’ than having them, say, parallel.

Post # 8
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1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m with ejs4y8.. I just started spinning, great workout, but my butt has just stopped hurting from last saturday.. and that’s from the seat.. I swear I bruised the bone.. I’m asking for a gel seat this week, see if that helps!

I agree too, go easy on your resistance at first.. you control it, so you can crank it up toward the end if you don’t feel like you are working hard enough!

Post # 9
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6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spin twice a week and I love it!

EJS gave some great advice. But I agree if it is too much intensity lay off a bit!

Your bum will hurt for the first little while but if you go regularly you should get used to it! I think I was sore for 2 classes and then I was fine!

Have FUN!

Post # 10
Member
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@sunshine23 – good luck! It’s a great workout. I teach spin once a week and still use a gel seat (although I think I can probably go without, I like the extra cushiness).

I second the towel and water – and don’t forget to drink during the mini-breaks in the workout, hydration is key!

If you have any specific questions, PM me and I’ll try to answer them the best I can!

Post # 11
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I LOVE SPIN CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree with the other girls. TOWEL. AT LEAST 2 BOTTLES OF WATER. AND CAPRIS…Not shorts, ever. Your butt bones are going to kill you for probably 4-5 days, no joke. But you won’t die from it. Spin class is so motivational. It was literally my favorite part of working out for a long time…but now I have night classes when my favorite instructor is there… 🙁

Don’t be intimidated, because everyone has been to their first spin class before. you will love it, but don’t be surprised if you get big thigh muscles from it…not to scare you, it’s a side effect. but you can counter act that with some running and not doing squats or any heavy lifting with your legs.

I got iliotibial band syndrome that began WITH cycling, so be careful with your seat height. Have an instructor place your seat PERFECTLY and make sure someone else backs them up with the suggestion. I rode too high on my seat (my legs are like 1/2 an inch different in length) and I got ITBs in my right leg. So be careful with that, especially.

 

Post # 13
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

lol…your butt won’t hurt so bad the next time. It gets easier. I actually forgot my gel seat yesterday and my butt doesn’t hurt! It is the most awkward spot for bruising and pain, though, no?

=]

Post # 14
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that the butt thing does get better with time.

Post # 15
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4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree the butt thing gets better with time!!

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