(Closed) Spinning?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m with you sister sunshine! I am in looove.

Spinning has done wonders for my lower half. I was a pear shape, but now those thunder thighs are gone! 10 inches off my hips & butt all because of my 6am spinning class 3-5 times a week.

Totally invest in cycle shoes… they make pedaling "easier" & you’ll burn more calories this way. Plus, the straps on the bike hurt my feet.  I burn atleast 100 extra calories a class with my shoes. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but thats an extra 7lbs a year that I keep off my body. My motto is every little bit helps!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I loved it! I’m so sad I can’t go anymore–it was hard on my knees no matter what =(

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Spinning is so hard, I loved it at one point, then I gained 50 pounds, so I am trying to get in shape before I go to spinning again. I hurt for days after…

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love spinning!  I teach at least 3-6 classes a week and yes it definetly will help you lose weight.  Do you have cycling shoes so you can clip in to the pedals?  Having the shoes will help your form and you will feel the burn, burn, burn 110%!  I am fortunate enough to sell commercial exercise equipment so I have a lemond spin bike for the snowy days here in Denver!  Also if you are wanting to get in to road biking and looking for a way to build your endurance up to handle the wind and all the other elements outside spinning is the way to go!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Lizabeth, what’s so great about spinning is that you can go at your own pace. Just because the instructor says "level 24" doesn’t mean you need to be at that level.

There is a certain level of discomfort when you start spinning. Your crotch throbs & your legs feel like lead weights… you walk funny for days! Don’t worry! After about one week of working through the discomfort it feels great.

Don’t wait to spin until you’re in better shape- let spinning help you get back in shape! It’s a wonderful tool for weight loss! Just keep your meats lean & stay away from processed foods! Beef up your meals with veggies & complex carbs! (I’m not a doctor, I have just struggled with weight issues since childhood)

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles

Are the cycle shoes a must? I want to try spinning at my new gym but I don’t have the shoes and I have to be honest, I am a little intimidated!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

They are not a must at all!! But if you are going to be doing a class multiple times a week I would definitely suggest it. I didn’t buy shoes until after 6 months of regular classes…

You definitely don’t want to spend the money until you’re 100% sure you want to continue with spinning.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Last time I was on a bicycle was when I was in 6th grade…I was never a stationary bike fan (more of an Elliptical person).  I do have weak knees and was recommended to use Elliptical or Stationary bike.  I am also a bit intimidated by Spin classes – they look so intense!  What is it like for a total beginner?  How hard is it on your knees?

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was a total beginner a few months ago and I LOVE the classes!  All the teachers at my gym are amazing and I sweat like I’ve never sweat before – which I love.  I switched to spinning b/c I have issues with the ball of my foot – and it doesn’t hurt my body at all.  I do get somewhat sore when I put up the resistance, but I love that.  Honestly, do not be scared of it.  I totally was and now am in love!

If there is an ‘intro to spinning’ class to take, I would.  We had a one on one instruction with one of the teachers, it took like 10 mintues.  He taught us the basics and what some terms meant (hand positions 1, 2, and 3) and we were good to go!

P.S.  I don’t have the shoes but might be interested in buying some if they really do help!  Otherwise I just wear my sneakers! 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

If there isn’t a beginners spinning class available– just go to the class a little early and talk to the instructor! They’re there to help & its their job to ensure you don’t hurt yourself. Don’t be intimidated. It is hard, but go at your own pace!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just might really have to give it a try.  There’s actually a studio solely dedicated to Spinning right in front of my place…so unavailability is not an excuse…

Seriously, after a testimonial from  RecessionistaBride 

"Spinning has done wonders for my lower half. I was a pear shape, but now those thunder thighs are gone! 10 inches off my hips & butt all because of my 6am spinning class 3-5 times a week."

How can a girl not take up on it!!!???!!!???

I will.  As soon as we are done with my brother’s wedding at the end of this month.  😉  Really, I’ll plan on it.  🙂

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@carri: I couldn’t believe it when my personal trainer took my measurements… now I tell everyone! Join spinning!! When I first started I felt like a beast on the bike compared to all the teeny tiny girls in the class… well now I know their secret. Spinning= lean, slimmer body!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I belonged to my local YMCA and tried spinning there.  I hated it!  It was a drab room and the instructors were just okay.  I recently moved and am now at a great gym and have totally gotten addicted to spinning.  The room’s lights are dimmed low and they put on black lights.  Kinda nice since we all sweat to to death.  All of the instructors are amazing but I have two that are my personal favs.  The one female instructor has killer abs and everytime I go i swear I can see my wedding dress in her abs.  haha  It definitly pushes me harder everytime.  The male instructor is a loud middle-aged guy who uses classic rock songs and screams to get you pumped up.  My favorite: while the song Free Bird was on and we’re supposed to be “running up a hill’ he screams “YOU’RE A FREE BIRD, WOOOO-HOOO!”.  How can that not get you pumped up?  Spinning is the only form of exercise that gets me to sweat that much and I must say my ass has made serious improvements.  Innocent   Do not give up on spinning.  The first few times sucks but you will begin to love it.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I just recently starting going to a spin class again and I LOVE it!  It’s such a great exercise and for all your runners, it’ll help with endurance on your runs as well.

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