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To Like or Not to Like the workout....that is the question!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Working out on a pretty much consistent basis for many years can cause one to be a bit critical when a workout appears to just not be what you expected. I took spin classes 3 years ago when I was training for triathlons and could not get my cycling in on a consistent basis due to weather conditions. I really enjoyed the classes but they weren't the best spin classes I'd taken. I'd taken 2 different classes at 2 different locations at the time and those classes were both awesome and taught by fantastic spin instructors. Well, when I took the last spin class back in 2008-2009 timeframe (w/my DH) it was a class I took at our local town recreation center. Good class so I thought. It covered what I needed at the time to be a successful cyclist on my road bike. Lots of cardio, strengthening my quads & hamstrings and just getting time in the saddle.

My DH and I decided to stop going for a couple of reasons. He started back to umpiring men's/women's adult softball on the evenings of the class and I stopped cycling as much after my last big race, the Lone Star Olympic Triathlon. One of the main reasons WE stopped as a team, is the routines became very boring to us and the music...well....it sucked to be honest. Music to us in our workouts is important, it's one of the main things that keeps us motivated to keep moving. We mentioned it a couple of times to the instructor but she always managed to sneak in the same old songs and the same old routines, never mixing it up a bit...boring if you ask me. I know...bad excuse for quitting something. And I'm so not a quitter but this just got the best of me.

So last night, prior to our class, DH said he really didn't feel like going. He started last Wed. and will go Mon. & Wed but I can only go on Mon. due to my personal training on Wed. I pretty much talked us into going. I figured, come on, we need this extra workout, so we went. Well, first of all, the instructor was late. Then we find out, the first 30 min. is weight work, with pushups. Which is all fine to me, however, the class was started by one of her veteran students and in my opinion knows nothing about how we should be lifting or what we should be lifting. Second mistake I saw, was the fact that she had us doing each set so fast, that I felt like my arms were going to fall off. I've been doing weight work for many years and even I know one should lift with ease and not force the movement, plus everyone's form was bad. So I took my time doing each set and got in what I needed. Finally, the instructor shows up, 20 min into the weight workout and she proceeds to have us do the same thing and very quickly. I felt sorry for those folks that have not been lifting for long. She also had us do tricep dips off of a 3 ft. high stage, I for one, felt very uncomfortable (bad hamstrings) but once again I felt bad for the folks who'd never done anything like that, (my DH included).

With that said, I'm glad I only signed up for the month of Nov. and that it was cheap. I'll spend my Monday evenings torturing myself in some other manner. LOL!!! So back to the title, I'm gonna say, I did NOT like the workout and will continue until the end of the month.

I wrote this blog just get some opinions on if I'm being too critical or not and also to vent my frustration on the fact that unforturnately there are so many folks out there that teach classes that really should not be. emoticon
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/8/2011 5:36PM

    I think you should speak to the trainer (first) and then to management (if necessary). Not to complain but to express the legitimate concerns you voice here. The odds are that the gym loses business when their classes aren't well done. Worst case, someone will get hurt. And think of those people who aren't experienced and who may give up on weight work. Or just not get a good workout. Many beginners just blame themselves and give up.

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PCOLAGATOR 11/8/2011 4:32PM

    I think that there are so many ways to workout that you shouldn't be miserable doing something. There is also no reason to continue to do something that could cause injury from improper form

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