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OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (220,552)
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4/9/13 9:57 A

the class (any class) pretty much depends on the instructor.

There are spin teachers that I really enjoy. The one who teaches Monday is probably my favorite because of her personality. We don't have the same musical taste, but I really like her class.

the one who teaches Wednesday likes much of the music that I like.

even when I really do NOT feel like going to the gym, I will go to either of these instructors classes.

there is another instructor who is really fit (looks like the models in fitness magazines). She obviously knows what she is doing. But she has this 'stream of consciousness' dialog going. It's kind of like having Christopher Walken as an instructor. (If you don't know what I mean, check out Keving Pollack's Walken impression on YouTube.) She says the weirdest things! Just whatever pops into her head. The only time I take her classes is when she's substituting and I had no idea she was teaching. Lots of people really love her classes. She's just too bizarre for me.

BILL60 Posts: 848,375
4/9/13 8:54 A

Always have been.

MLAN613 Posts: 17,364
4/9/13 8:05 A

That is indeed a lousy instructor. I participate in a cycle class and the instructor is awesome. She changes it every week. It is not boring.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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4/9/13 7:08 A

Depends on the instructor and how they conduct their class. There are only two instructors at my gym out of 10 that I would cycle with at any given time.....I specifically look for their classes as they are very motivating with great music but totally different types of classes.

I am looking forward to biking outside very soon == next big race - Iron 70.3 at the end of August....just waiting for the snow on the bike trails to melt some more

KRISUA SparkPoints: (247,722)
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4/9/13 4:58 A

aren't they always?

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
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TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
4/8/13 11:01 P

I used to love teaching them, and my heart rate was always pretty high - it was intense. Today, I was pushing myself (mentally) to keep my heart rate up. I did it, just about made my calorie burn goal, but really had to motivate myself to keep going.

When the weather gets nicer, I will just ride my bike outside. I don't know, maybe I will try again. I felt like leaving and going to run on the treadmill even. If the next class is the same, I might just do that!

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (504,247)
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4/8/13 10:29 P

I have never taken one, but have been considering them. Are they really that boring? How are they are your knees?

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (223,295)
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4/8/13 10:23 P

I use an exercise bike every morning and have for 9 years, it's only your attitude that needs a nudge now and then. What you describe would bother me, too much nonsense and time wasting. Get a bike, do it at home, your way, and run the rest of the time.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
4/8/13 9:51 P

my personal opinion is the instructor wasn't doing their job. I have been to spin class and it was not like that. I loved my class.

BECKYBECKY1954 Posts: 66
4/8/13 9:50 P

Most spin classes are still vibrant and interesting like they've always been.

Most spin instructors give great visualization and direction.

Most spin instructors motivate students at all fitness levels, encouraging the newbies to work at their own pace and encouraging experienced cyclers to challenge themselves.

You just dropped into a class with a bad insructor, or a good instructor having a bad day.

Try again!

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
4/8/13 9:40 P

I used to teach group cycling (spinning) but haven't done it in a long time mostly because I run outside. I went to a class today, and it was boring! I felt like I had to motivate myself, many people were talking, there wasn't much direction/visualization and nothing was really done to the cadence of the music.

Could it just be that class/instructor or is that how they do it now? I have a calorie burn goal to make every day and don't really want to waste my time going to another one if that's how they typically are now.

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