Spinning Class? I'm nervous!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I spin and I love it!  It’s my go-to cardio, and I’m usually sweating like crazy once I’m done.  Bring lots of water, good shoes, and remember that if you’re having trouble keeping up, you can always add less resistance than what the instructor is telling you to add.  It’s all about what your body is telling you.


Good luck!  And have a blast! Smile

Post # 4
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@snowbeastly +1

I love it!  It is the best workout, you will feel like you wanna quit, but when you are done, you will feel so accomplished and after a few weeks, you will feel powerful!

Post # 5
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Stephville:  i tried spin once (i work at a gym, and i try to get around to all the classes at least once). i was not a fan – because i suck at biking, apparently! i normally go to yoga and do rock climbing as my strength work, and if i do cardio i go to zumba. spin was soooo hard i could barely make it through the class! its a sick cardio workout though, for sure!

Post # 7
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Stephville:  I love spin/RPM – such a great workout! The first time I did it I was not superfit and I felt awful afterwards but you will get into it really quickly. Your butt may hurt for a few weeks (cos of the seat) but after that it will get used to it and you’ll have no pain anymore.

Post # 8
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think most either love it or hate it. I really hated spin.. It was uncomfortable and not my kind of exercise.

Post # 9
2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I love love love spin and I go at least 3 times per week, best cardio workout ever!

Post # 10
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love spin, less fan of RPM but all of it is awesome! Just FYI your ass will hurt and hurt for 2-3 days cycle through it, after the inital pain your butt becomes use to the bike seat.

Lots of people quit after their 1st time because they don’t know this.


I’ve been spinning for 5 years now, love every min of it!

Post # 11
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just go at your own pace-don’t try to keep up with everyone else, and enjoy it 🙂

Post # 12
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I love spin. My best advice is that you do NOT have to keep up with anyone. My favorite instructor always says he is just there to make suggestions and you can take them or leave them. Your first day will be brutal. When you are getting started, never turn the knob a full turn. Your knob is your business and its there to challenge YOU, not the svelt guy in a dri-fit outfit beside you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your level of ability. I see lots of people be discouraged when they aren’t like a gazelle running across the plains. I felt like a moose on a bike when I started. Its real work and I was pretty in shape when I started.   Just know, the sore part doesn’t come until after class. I got off my bike thinking I was the poop! Turns out I had to basically crawl down the stairs to leave. I recommed a squeezable water bottle. It makes water delivery easier when you think you are dying. I always wear a bandana to keep my hair and sweat out of my eyes. It took me three or four classes for my butt to not hurt, and about three weeks of frequent attendance to feel like I belonged in the group. I have been going at least five times a week since March and I am in the serious riders group. I love how energetic I feel after spinning, and I’m not going to lie, my toosh looks PHENOMENAL. I really suggest going a few times before you decide if you like it or not.  

Post # 13
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Stephville:  I typically do my workouts outside, but when the weather turns Spin is my go-to cardio. The key is finding a good class. I’ve done some that play nothing but the oldies. It’s really, really hard to Spin to “Sugar Pie Honeybunch”. The best Spin classes (for me) have a dark room, and loud, pumping, motivating music. Some fast, some slow and steady (for hill climbs). Once you find a good class, you’re golden.


As for advice- bring a towel (you WILL sweat into your eyeballs), plenty of water and for the love of God don’t wear short shorts. You need to wear close fitting capris on a bike, or at least tight fitting bike shorts. But no loose shorts. Also, be prepared for your…ahem…”undercarraige” to be very, very sore after your first few classes. It will likely be so sore you won’t want to go back for a second class, but push through because it DOES get better. One way to avoid this is to try to sit back down gently after standing on the bike. The instructor will have you stand and seat to simulate different riding conditions, and if you’re tired, the temptation can be to ‘plop’ back down on the bike. Really, really try not to do this. Ease down into the saddle, and you should find that your soreness isn’t quite so bad.


I hope you enjoy it! A motivating, sweaty Spin class is one of my favorite ways to start a day. And yes – you will burn a zillion calories :).

Post # 16
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Stephville:  i used to spin in my living room when i was a kid, so much that when i would stop the room was still spinning. I didnt know they made that an exersize for adults now… 🙂 

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