Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's a Love/Hate thing...

with spin that is!

Last year during tri season, I didn't go to any spin classes at all. My bike times didn't improve, but fortunately, they didn't get any slower. This year I've decided that I need to add spin back into my training schedule, along with some time on the trainer. Lucky for me, my company has a gym on-site that is totally and completely free! Not only that, they offer all kinds of classes - Zumba, Karate, Pilates (mat), Body Sculpt and some others. Oh, and they offer SPIN! Not just that, they offer it 4x per week. The classes are usually pretty early, but today the class was a 12:15 pm - perfect to fit in between meetings!

I completely forgot how hard spin class could be. Going back for the 1st time in a year was tough. I miss going to my old classes at the Y, mainly because the instructor was so much fun and had music that rocked. The instructor today was good - she definitely made it challenging. When I spend an hour in a spin class, I want it to be a good workout. No, I want it to be a tough workout (i.e. hand me my ass on a platter, please). This class did the trick! The music was just okay - well, except for that Muse song. :-) I think I might try a couple of the other instructors too, just to see which ones I like best.

I also completely forgot how much I HATE spin class. But I love it too. I hate that I sweat like a pig. I hate that my legs feel like jello. But I love that I feel like I had a great workout. I love burning 400+ calories on my lunch break. Like I said, it's a love/hate thing.


That Pink Girl said...

I really want to try spinning, but my gym apparently thinks that only people who can go to the gym during the DAY want to spin.
You make it sound so great though!

Vic said...

I recommend spin/run brick with a 2 or 3 mile run right off the bike.

Meg said...

I do love spinning, it makes me feel like I'm working hard. Swimming was better today but I do miss the sweating.
How often do you add on more meters for your swim workouts? I've been meaning to ask someone, anyone that question this week!

Teamarcia said...

I love spin (when I actually go) but I always feel like I didn't 'dial it up' high enough.

TX Runner Mom said...

@Vic - I do plan to do that...I did it quite a bit when I was spinning at the Y, but only 1 mile.

@Meg - check out Swimplan.com...they've got some great workout suggestions. Until now, I've just added meters as I felt a distance getting too easy. I need more structure this year.

@Teamarcia - I used to feel that way too, but then I decided if I wanted a really good workout, I was gonna turn the dial more to increase the intensity!

Julie said...

Spinning is something that I would like to take up this winter as cross training. I know that I am going to be in some serious pain the first few classes! Oh well, I have to start somewhere:)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

saroy said...

Spin. Ugh. Hate it. But love it. :)