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MZNAYLUV
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4/8/13 3:53 P

You're right I may not like it!! I have found a class so I will try it out first. If I like it, I already have my eyes on the shoes I may want to get. My ankles/feet need as much support as they can get.



PS412716
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4/4/13 2:01 A

Your classes sound just like our All terrain. However the classes vary on intensity based on what instructor is teaching. We have one teacher who likes to take us through the "mud".
The spin-n-pilates isn't really that much different at my club, just more stretching before and after using the bike as leverage plus more arm movements as we are riding (when in the sit or straiht standing position).

Although they all are good, I think we all have our "favorite" instructors. We have one that plays lots of Springstein tracks and really old rock n roll. She is not my favorite since I prefer a stronger and faster beat. Another occasionally gets off the bike and dances and hops all over the class like the energizer bunny. It's pretty funny as long as she's not right in front of my bike1





ALORTA
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4/4/13 1:27 A

How would Spin-n-Pilates work O_o?
At my gym they just call it spinning, though (at least the instructor I've had thus far) it would probably fall under the AT version of what you mentioned.
We basically do a quick warm up and arm stretches, then take a 'trip'. Last week we went to Napa, this week the mountains. The instructor tells us when to turn the knob up (or down) for hill climbs/sprints respectively, when to get out of the seat n' so on. She also does 8/4/2 counts where you sit, get up, then lean forward every 8 rotations, then 4 and 2, etc. The class ends with a longer stretch off the bike and that's that.
Just for ref, the class last week burned 516 calories, while today's burned 565 ^_^



ALORTA
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4/4/13 1:22 A

Sorry, posted twice -____-;

Edited by: ALORTA at: 4/4/2013 (01:28)


PS412716
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4/4/13 12:50 A

Wow! Thanks for all the insight emoticon

Terri - Sorry about your ankle! Hope you have a speady recovery.

Obiesmom2- I'm even more excited to get my shoes after reading your post!

Alorta - Wow! Fifty more calries and incresaed HR? That right there is worth it!
Regarding your question about the difference between classes. I'm not sure. Our health club designates the type of spin class each is.
(For example: AT- all terrain, Spin-N-Pilates, Spin and Stretch, and Tabata Spin - high intensity interval.)

Mznayluv - Absolutely try a class soon! It really takes away the tedium of working out hard for 60 miutes. The class time flies by!!! I've been taking the classes with my regular shoes since last summer when we joined. I loved being able to walk right in and not having to change my shoes. The pedals have adjustable toes cages so you don't slip off. Now that I've broken my foot, I need more support and a firm sole. I was planning on getting some shoes at some point since I thought there must be a reason about 70% of the people in the class had the spin shoes.

-Paula



TACDGB
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4/4/13 12:21 A

I was enjoying my spin class until I sprained my ankle....... emoticon



ALORTA
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4/3/13 11:42 P

Well,
Tried my shoes for the first time today.
The instructor was very helpful with showing me how to get into the pedals (NOT as easy as you'd think) and check to make sure the clips were put on right. She also said that I made a good choice getting the mountain bike shoes (hers looked like they were, as well), and that I had gotten a good deal.
I like the shoes, despite a small mishap, and according to my HRM, they boosted my calorie burn by 50 (so just shy of 9%)!
It kinda takes the worry out when you sprint. The class before I was constantly breaking my stride to readjust my footing, this time, I could really rev it up ^_^. Also, It helped keep my knees aligned and centered.
Overall, I think it was $50 well spent ^_^


MZNAYLUV: I would suggest you at least *try* spinning first! What if you don't like it?
Also, while I had problems with the regular pedals, our bikes are older and even so, a good 2/3 of the class shows up in regular shoes so its not a pre-requisite to joining a spin class.

On a side note, does anyone know if the Spinning classes differ much from the cycling ones in the gym? As in, are the 'name' classes harder or incorporate extra stuff, etc? I'm just going at my local gym so I was hoping to get some perspective.

Edited by: ALORTA at: 4/3/2013 (23:48)


MZNAYLUV
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4/3/13 2:57 P

I will look for spin shoes! I want to try my first spin class soon.



OBIESMOM2
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4/3/13 11:21 A

I've taken spin for several years. Just bought my first spin shoes in December. Yes, I love them. I can tell a difference in the workout. It is MUCH easier to pull and push the pedals when you have those clips.

I don't know what brand mine are, but spin shoes are usually in European sizes. I highly recommend going some place where you can actually try them on. I went to a local bike shop. They were very helpful, and even told me to bring the shoes back after about 3 months to have the clips checked.

I paid about $80 total which isn't too bad. Most I've seen are $100 or more just for the shoes.



PS412716
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4/3/13 11:01 A

Thank you Alorta and Spork.
I'll give those a try.

:)

Paula



ALORTA
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4/2/13 12:25 P

Yeah, that's exactly what that guy said!



SPOORK
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4/2/13 8:09 A

Mine are from Specialized. I'd recommend buying spin shoes from a bike store or paying a bike store to install your clips for you. It's very hard to get the clips on straight and and even yourself.



ALORTA
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4/2/13 2:57 A

I only recently tried spinning (well, cycling, to be exact), but the way their bikes are set up, my foot kept slipping into the (Man-sized) toe cups or whatever they're called... and I ended up peddling with the peddle pressing into my arch.
After hearing that, one of the other people there told me that the easiest solution would be to cough up some $ on spin shoes... not something I was looking forward to after having paid for a HRM just a few weeks ago. Also said it would make the workout better.
Long story short, I just bought a pair today from a place called Performance Bike. They were on sale for $50 (plus $13 for the clips, though they did give me a $10 discount on the lot via coupon). I can let you know how they work out in a few days when the cycling class meets up again.
They're technically mountain biking shoes, but they're still SPD (which is the standard for spin classes, so far as I've heard... and for sure at my gym) and you can actually walk on them. The couple pure cycling shoes I tried I'd be scared stiff to walk on, even if its from the locker room to the class. No traction what so ever... the mountain bike shoes have a good tread, at least. Also, they don't look any different from regular shoes on first glance (unless you look at the sole, of course), which also made me a bit happier. This is what they look like; www.amazon.com/Shimano-Mens-Mountain-Bike-
Shoes/dp/B00367PIN8/ref=cm_cr_pr_produ
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During my research I looked at REI (too far from me, and I didn't want to buy anything without trying it on first) and they're having some good sales, too. Sports Chalet also carries them in-store, but their prices started right under the $100 mark... and I didn't like the shoes as much as the ones I ended up with, and afterwards I found the aforementioned shoes in the same shopping center ^_^ (side note; guy at sports chalet was AWESOME... insisted that wherever I buy my shoes, he'll install the clips for free to make sure they're screwed in right).
Here's to hoping they work out well, and I'll keep you posted ^_^



PS412716
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4/2/13 1:19 A

Anyone love spinning?

I LOVED it up until Jan. when I broke my foot (unrelated to Spinning) and had to go cold-turkey. Well, I'm healed now and I want to take spin classes again.
I was using my regular cross trainers, but now think I need the stiff platform of spin shoes to support the bone that was broken.

Any brands you swear by? Or at?
I'd rather not spend a LOT of $, but will if it's necessary.

Thanks,

Paula



 
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