(Closed) Taking the plunge!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i know at my y there are beginner and intermediate classes

just start in the beginner class and you will do great!

Post # 6
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can do it!! Just make sure you start with beginner classes. I have never personally taken spinning classes, but have heard they can sometimes be intense, but just be up for the challenge! I love group exercise classes bc of the support of those around you,

As far as the three lb weights, maybe start walking or jogging with them. Or you can do tons of arm exercises with lots of reps.

Good luck!

Post # 8
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

oh my god I did spinning ONCE and thought I was going to die… I was extremely hungover… but thats besides the point.. I hate when my trainer puts me on that damn bike… Im terrible with cardio shit… actually scrap that Im terrible with all exercise related stuff… good luck though, dont worry, go at your own pace… itll be fine!

Post # 10
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Woo– you have more guts than me! I want to try spinning but am too scared that’s its going to be super hard. Hahaha. A lot of the people at my gym take it sooooo seriously.

Let me know how it goes for you– it may inspire me to do a spinning class. 🙂

Post # 11
424 posts
Helper bee

I did spinning once and it was intense but you can also go at your own pace and change the resistance so it’s easier if you need to.  What I really LOVE is yoga.  It’s great exercise and helps with flexibility and toning your whole body.  It helps with breathing too 🙂 You’ll be fine with spinning though, don’t worry!

Post # 13
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Nah you will do great!! I took a similar class at a new gym I joined a while back. It totally kicked my ass the first time, and it sucked having all of these much older ladies make me look sooo out of shape. But it really motivated me too. I hate looking dumb when I work out so it only pushed me harder. Ultimately, I was so glad that I did it. I no longer take the classes now because I am poor and can’t afford a gym membership. LOL! But I would definitely say it is a worthy workout! Just don’t get intimidated by those hard core cyclers. They aren’t paying attention to other people anyway. Good luck, you will do great!!

Post # 14
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Good call on the ab work with the weights– I completely forgot my fav ab exercise that I do with 3lb weights. Its called “boxer abs” you basically do crunches with the weights in you hand, but when you come up, slowly punch (for lack of a better descriptive word hehe) the opposite side until your arm is extended to the side of your knee. Gosh I am horrible at describing this exercise! Maybe this is better, when you crunch up with weight in hand you do one arm at a time across your chest( i.e. right arm to left knee) This may have been no help at all!!! EEEKKK lol

Good luck with cycling!

Post # 15
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Cycling is intense, but you are going to do awesome and shed those pounds! One thing to remember is that pain = accomplishment (or at least that’s what I tell myself). DO NOT worry about being the “tubbiest” what does it really matter? No one will be looking at you while they’re working on getting their own bodies in shape.

As for the three pound weights, it depends on what your current strength level is right now. There are some great active, isolated strength exercises you can do (look up the book The Whartons’ Strength book). It’s all about controlled reps. Great stuff. 

Good luck and way to take the plunge, stay on a regular routine and you’ll start looking and feeling better.

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