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My First Spinning Class

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Yesterday, I took my first spinning class. So,'s how it all went down, folks.

Last Saturday, our city had a Wellness Palooza (super cool...I LOVE to see cities really focused on health, but that's beside the point) and I stopped by the Urban Cycle booth. Apparently, they are the ONLY spin studio in Bloomington, IN. This is so strange, considering Bloomington is a Mecca for cyclists. Ever seen "Breaking Away"? Yeah...that's HERE. Literally. Filmed in Bloomington. Indiana University has Little 500 every year, which is a huge bike race and it's a pretty big deal.

Anyhow, I met one of the spin instructors at the booth and he was so passionate about his class and so kind to us (like we'd been friends for years) and not at all judgmental or snobby. And suddenly it hit me that he was the perfect man for a dear friend of mine! I texted my friend immediately and said, "I found the perfect man for you."

After some Facebook magic, I managed to alert the instructor to the fact that I'd be bringing my friend with me to class on Thursday, while simultaneously getting my friend to pay for me to attend the class. Ha! Genius.

Yesterday, my buddy picked me up and we were off. We were both very nervous...obviously, friend was more nervous than me. Instructor was very professional (and very cute, btw). Friend was super impressed. I sincerely hope it works out for them because they really seemed to hit it off (we stayed after for about 10 minutes just chatting).

OK, the class. *SIGH* The class. It was like nothing I ever experienced before. SWEAT. Let's just say my wicking shirt never wicked so much! Holy MOTHER, that was hard! But also fun! I think??? There were a lot of special moves, like jumps and 3rd position, that my body simply isn't ready for yet (I didn't know it was possible for quads to burn that way!) but I never quit. Not once.

My bike kept on wobbling during the standing portion. I assumed it was because I was the heaviest one in the class, so the bike couldn't handle my weight. I told Instructor about it afterwards and he said, "NO NO NO! This bike is not stable! I'm so sorry!!! I should have noticed that! I feel terrible!" OK, well...that made me feel better. Haha.

When all was said and done, we burned 1,000 calories in one hour. Ok, hold up here....we need to repeat that. WE BURNED 1,000 CALORIES IN ONE HOUR!!!!! A THOUSAND!!!!!!! Are you freakin' kidding me?!?! Friends, I have found a way to train for tri during the winter and lose weight! Ding ding ding! I TOLD you it was possible!!!!!

So, I'll be shelling out $99 soon to buy an unlimited monthly pass. And, although the class times are not the *most* convenient for my schedule, I will find a way to go about 3 times per week. I'll add some swimming to my weekly routine and some weights at home and I think we're good to go for a few months. I think it best to give the old body a rest from running after my half marathon and stay off my ankle, drop some pounds and let it heal all the way.

One downside...nether region is super sore today. Might be TMI, but it feels like I had marathon sex all night and it's the saddest feeling in the world to realize that the pain is NOT from that! Haha. Maybe spring a few extra bucks for some padded bike shorts? Yeah...I think so.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/2/2012 12:12PM

    I've taken spinning classes 3x now. The first time I hated it, the second time I felt lost, the third time I LOVED it. I learned how to use the rpm meters (an actually helpful instructor, go figure!) used a gel seat (SO important!) and could feel how much stronger my legs were than the previous two times. I'll definitely be back!

I highly recommend the gel seat though, 100% worth it.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/1/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks so very much for sharing your journey! Good job!! Your writing skills are motivation at it best!!!
Good job and Thank You again!!

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OPTIMIST1948 10/1/2012 7:51PM

    My gym canceled the spin classes because they couldnt pay for the upkeep on the bikes. Its a small gym and super cheap for me ($5 month) so I'll never switch, but when I read stuff like this I wish I didnt have economic handcuffs! Then I remember this is the largest pool in the area so that's nice.

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IN102WIN 10/1/2012 6:16PM

    Cool!!! I wanted to join a spin class at gym last Friday but I was really scared and no one was really helpful. I think I'll look for another class!!! You've made it sound fun!!!

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EARTHTONED84 10/1/2012 1:41PM

    I am so happy to hear you loved the class!!! It IS nothing like I've personally ever done...the amount of sweat that comes out of your body and the natural high you have after you completed it and kicked ass is totally worth the fight to get there!!!! I am soo happy for you!!!!!!! You'll have to keep us updated about your Friend and the Instructor!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 9/30/2012 12:02PM

    1000 calories? Hmm . . . all righty then! Making a list:

find spinning class
padded bike shorts
google spinning to find out what jumps and 3rd position are.

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BESSHAILE 9/30/2012 8:24AM

    That is so cool!

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SOXFANNH 9/29/2012 6:15PM

  I LOVE Spinning! Try getting a $10 gel seat from Walmart, it makes all the difference. I'm glad you enjoyed it and can rest your ankle after your HM. Good luck with your training, before you know it you'll be jumping and burning even more calories!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/29/2012 4:04PM

    Great Blog......thans for sharing your up & downs whereever you may do them : )
Seriiously, it was a good write and informative.
Just one question and I could have missed this, which gym was offering the $99 pass? I think you found a good deal : ) Good job!! Let me know if you can so I can check here in south NJ.
OK to friend you?

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/29/2012 8:56AM

    I'd love to take spinning, but don't know of a place close by.

Hooray for you in finding a way. I know all about working your schedule around making time for fitness.

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    1000 calories an hour, wow, that's emoticon . Sounds like padded shorts would be good for the next class. LOL.

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    Invest in the biker shorts - so. worth. it. So glad you found spinning. It's a great way to get some cardio in.

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GOING-STRONG 9/28/2012 11:24PM

    Glad you enjoyed your spinning class. I do spin class twice a week. You won't need padded shorts... just give it a couple of weeks and you will be tough!

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DINAOREILLY 9/28/2012 10:28PM

    OMG - I laughed all the way through your funny...I have not yet had the courage to take a spinning class - they scare the heck out of me...but 1000 calories is MAJOR motivator to try....WOW...impressive and as for the nether region pain....:-) you had me howling with laughter....hugs are going to make...I know you will emoticon

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MOM-MOM8 9/28/2012 10:01PM

    emoticon work! emoticon

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KIPPER15 9/28/2012 9:55PM

    I have been wondering about spinning but the schedule locally dosen't fit mine right now. Maybe later. Glad you enjoyed it and that it will fit your plan. emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 9/28/2012 9:09PM

    Thanks for giving a review of spinning. I was wondering myself about it. Love to try it, especially if it is burning that much!

Hope all is working out for your friend. Nothing like finding "the one".

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PROUD-GRANDMA 9/28/2012 8:31PM

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JUNEAU2010 9/28/2012 8:08PM

    I have yet to try spinning, but I know it has a dedicated following! Good for you!

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KRYSTALLA 9/28/2012 7:42PM

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HAPPYGIRL1000 9/28/2012 7:39PM

    emoticon Good for you for trying something new! I've never been to a spinning class at all, so I am very impressed. I can't believe you burnt a thousand calories in an hour, that's insane and wonderful! AND you played matchmaker to boot LOL!

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PATTOMMC3 9/28/2012 7:39PM

    Hope it works for you! I love biking but have never tried's a thought for the future!

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ISABELLE31 9/28/2012 5:26PM

    Sounds like you found something awesome! Good for you!

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 9/28/2012 4:38PM

    Hahaha.... I always have to wait a couple days between bike rides for the same reason! emoticon

Way to go for making it through the whole class emoticon

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FALLNTENN 9/28/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon plan for training and losing weight.

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CINDHOLM 9/28/2012 4:23PM

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JMARIES51 9/28/2012 3:56PM

    I admire your spunk and energy. Sounds like spinning could be addictive.
Hope things work out for your matchmaking business. just teasing.

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LOOKSLIKELILY 9/28/2012 3:07PM

    Spinning sounds like something I should definitely look into! It's great you've found a winter training method to see you through.

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PEGGYO 9/28/2012 2:53PM

    way to go

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/28/2012 2:18PM

    I love spinning. I had the same problem with the seat & could'nt afford bike shorts. So I went to Wal Mart & bought a gel bike seat cover, worked great.

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CAROLZ1967 9/28/2012 2:05PM

    I did a class once and found it challenging too. Definitely burned a lot of calories! But I thought it was fun too. Padded shorts do help! :-)

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NILLAPEPSI 9/28/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon I emoticon your blogs, too!! I am totally addicted. I emoticon your candidness & honesty.

With great respect to the pain you may be feeling, I have to say that I was cracking up laughing at the last paragraph. emoticon I think I'd be making a trip to the sports-wear store before your next spinning class.

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JIM12490 9/28/2012 12:50PM

    good luck with the spinning. I love my time on the bike.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/28/2012 12:25PM

    Wow! 1,000 calories!

Good for you!

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LINDAKAY228 9/28/2012 12:12PM

    I've never tried spinning although I've though about it, but I have heard that it does burn massive amounts of calories! There is only one place in my small town that does now offer spinning classes and I may try it sometime.

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JENNNY135 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    Spinning is such a great cross training for us runners. So glad you enjoyed it. As a person who was ridden over 100km for two days (Ride for Cancer), you definately need bike shorts. I even wore two at a time. The female parts down there go numb atleast they did for me whenever I spin.


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EMMAEKAY 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    HAHAHA, oh my god, this whole blog was LOL-funny. Thanks for that.

Spinning is some SRS BSNS! But it's also a LOT of fun and a huge challenge. You're gonna love it and the instructor sounds like he'll make it a great time.

The saddle-soreness will go away with time as your body gets used to the abuse. I don't use padded shorts or a seat cover anymore, but I really needed them at first. The first time I tried Spinning I went without any kind of "padding" and my ... hoo-ha... kinda, sorta felt like it fell asleep! It was hilarious.

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REGILIEH 9/28/2012 11:30AM

    I am so addicted to your blogs!!! Love them! Love them! Love them!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/28/2012 11:17AM

    Excellent, Leah! You continue to impress me every blog post!

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FROMNEBRASKA 9/28/2012 11:09AM

    Do you use a HRM during your workouts?

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LANEE24 9/28/2012 11:07AM

    lol! Love your blog! "Let's just say my wicking shirt never wicked so much!"... that had me rolling! I've always wanted to try spinning, but I'm nervous about it... the class itself and the funds for it :/ But, I must say that 1000 calories sounds fantastic! Keep us posted on how your classes go!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/28/2012 11:05AM

    That does sound like fun - minus the butt issues, of course! I have been wanting to try spinning, but my knee makes me nervouse, and the doctor told me biking is not good for it... but it is much stronger now, and I may give it a try! I'll never know unless I do it!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/28/2012 10:57AM

    All I remember from spin class is that I kept sliding off the seat... It is a great workout though. Glad you enjoyed it.

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LEB0401 9/28/2012 10:54AM


From personal experience, the first spin class I took was torture on my butt bones. Couldn't sit right for a week! So I bought a $20 gel pad for the seat. By the time I took my 4th class the cushion was hurting more than the seat was... So my advice is to wait a couple classes before you invest in padded gear. My instructor said the bones will develop caluses that allow you to bike without hurting. Plus those padded pants look like diapers! Not hot.

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CHSHULER89 9/28/2012 10:42AM

    Awesome!!! I figured you would like it!!! emoticon emoticon ! Hard work, but so worth it!! I love it! That's part of how i have been losing the wt since march. I still can't run cause i still have these pesky shin splints. Spinning is such a kickbutt workout! It's given me some of my great leg strength and now on weds a sculpting class with it! My schedule lets me do at least 2 days, i wish i could do 3. Rock on! Enjoy! Good luck with your friend,too!

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VICKYMARIEC 9/28/2012 10:41AM

    Hahahaha..thanks for the great laugh!

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NEWSGIRL2177 9/28/2012 10:32AM

    LMAO at that last part! Awesome.

I squealed when I saw this blog because spinning is something that's been on my list to do for a while, but I've been chicken about it because of my size.

Sounds like you had a great time and it clearly sparked something for you. This makes me want to try it, too!

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KBRADFORD88 9/28/2012 10:20AM

    You haven;t been wearing padded shorts emoticon OMG! Go right now and buy some immediately. I even bought a padded gel seat to take to class! So worth the cost.

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REMEMBER2BME 9/28/2012 10:19AM

    Sooooo cool. I have not done spin class for years and year. I remember I was doing step at the time so I thougt i was in good shape. i went to spin class and it totally knocked me on my rear. GREAT JOB!!!! You of course must purcase bike shorts though. They are very expensive but so very worth it and last well.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/28/2012 10:18AM

    Wow! WOW! emoticon

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