Tuesday, January 08, 2013
So I've been thinking lately.....should I teach a spin class?
Crazy, sure it's crazy! I have a day job that keeps me pretty damn busy, I travel about 2 weeks a month, I've got a family life that keeps me quite nicely occupied.....the last thing I need is another hobby!
Yet, I think I'd be pretty damn good at it! Sure, some will think, "what the hell is this 53 year old dude thinking" but I think I can humble them after just a few songs!
You see, it all started over Christmas.....
This year, I did almost all my XMAS shopping on Amazon (except for the bushel of oranges I sent my mom from a shop here in Florida). Somewhere in cyberspace, I racked up about 20 bucks in credits for free music.
I didn't really have any burning desire for new music per se, but then I thought, "maybe I'll just download a couple of tunes with a steady BPM to try out at the gym"
Next thing you know, I've got about 15 new tunes from the likes of "Workout Heroes", "DJ Shocker", and "LA Fitness Crew"....mostly a bunch of guys that remix various hits with a lot of bass and a steady pounding beat.
And I told myself, "Self, you ought to try these out next time you're at the gym"
So on my last 3 cardio days, I've snuck in to the spin room at the gym, plugged in my music.....and exhausted myself with some pretty intensive HIIT on the bike thanks to my newly downloaded (and did I mention FREE) workout music.
And of course, being the kind, loving, and helpful soul that I am (seriously, ask my mom.....remember, I sent her oranges in winter!) I started thinking, "Hey I can help people get in shape by getting them to rock with me to some of these tunes"
But I'm not a personal trainer.....and I'm not a certified Spin Instructor.....hell, I've never even taken a CPR class. Why the hell would I want to do this?
Because the music is pretty darn good.....and I just like the idea that a 50-something guy like me can probably crush a bunch of 20-something dudes as they walk into the class thinking it'll be a cakewalk.
But that is arrogance....which leads to hubris....and all the sorts of bad things my mom warned me about long ago.
So I'm still working on the playlist....I've got it fine tuned to where I get in an incredible workout in about 30 minutes (15 of which are at a pretty hi-intensity level) and another one that goes on for 60 minutes at about 80% that intensity.
Maybe I'll just schmooz the curvilicious instructor and see if I can't win a "Guest Instructor" slot one of these days!
Have a great night Spark friends!