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Me - The Spin Instructor!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

About 6 weeks ago, I got hired for a new job in Virginia. We're looking forward to the move, but in the meantime, I am still plenty busy in my current job.

Last month, during a weekly scheduling meeting, my 20-something front office assistant throws down on me.

"Hey boss, maybe you should come do one of our spin classes one of these Thursday'll see how it's done!"

In my head I quoted Richard III, "So wise so young, they say do never live long", but out loud I just peered over my glasses and said, "Maybe I should just come in and teach one of your damn spin classes and kick all your asses while I'm at it"

20-something perks up, "Do you want to teach? That would be cool!"

"Sure sign me up.....and bring an oxygen tank, you'll need it"

With everything else going on, I relegated this conversation to the interesting but irrelevant compartment of my brain. But bright and early Monday morning he hits me up with, "So are you ready for Thursday.....I put the word out, it's going to be packed! Everybody want to see what's on your playlist. I bet them it'll be full of KC and the Sunshine Band!"

"Listen you little sh!t you just make sure I get a clean bike, that the sound system works when I plug in my iPhone.....and that I have your mommy's number to call when you collapse onto the floor and start crying out her name!"

Needless to say, Wednesday night I got to cracking, putting together a high energy playlist for Thursday's class

Sure enough, it was packed this morning. Every bike was taken and everyone smiled a sh!t-eating grin that said, "get ready, the boss-man's gonna take us to Funky Town!"

20-something guy comes over to me, "You OK boss? You know it's totally different being up here in the front of the class than being one of the riders"

"Listen monkey-boy, I have spent my whole professional life enjoying being in charge, I think I can handle a spin pass me your mommy's phone number"

I gave everyone a couple of safety cues (have water handy, ease up on the resistance if you get tired, slow down if you need to), then eye-balled the front row that filled up with slim-trim Crossfit beasts and said, "All of you guys keep up the best you can....raise your hand and I'll administer CPR if you need it"

And off we went!

I gave them 50 minutes of fast/low resistance down hill, slow/hi-resistance uphill, got them out of their seats, back in their seats, had them belt out victory cries when we pushed real was a beautiful thing!

At the end we stretched it all out for 10 minutes and took a group photo (I suspect it'll re-appear in some gag going away gift). A bunch of them came up and said, "Wow, that was brutal", "Man you made us torch off some calories today!", and my favorite, "Hey those were some great tunes!"

One plump lady in her 40s came over and said, "Wow I can't believe what a sweat I worked up!"

"That's good," I said, "sweat hardens up into muscle!" She grinned and walked away happy

So now I know that I have some post-retirement options.....apparently I can successfully plug in an iPhone and get a room full of people to pedal in unison!

Here are my Digifit results

I actually got in a good workout while I was at it!

Have a great night Spark friends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Play list! Prove to the world you're not loaded up on KC and Abba.

Always a riot to take the youngsters down a few pegs. Especially the CrossFitters...they are a special brand of crazy.

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RACEWELLWON 6/25/2013 7:53PM

    Sorry so late on this one - Way to Go !! Love your blogs they make me laugh - Its great getting older !! Maybe the young one forgot that we oldie moldies got around on our bikes and not Virtually !! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/25/2013 7:53:33 PM

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VHALKYRIE 6/24/2013 9:45AM

    Awesome!! Sounds like everyone worked hard and had fun doing it!


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DDOORN 6/24/2013 9:37AM

    AWESOME DEAL! I've toyed with the thought of pursuing Spin Instruction at some point...not there yet, but often have thought: hey, that'd be a great tune for some high resistance spinning. Love Funkytown! :-)

Have you completed any Spin Instruction classes or workshops or are you just teaching from your own experience?


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STRONG_SARAH 6/23/2013 1:47PM

    Ha! That's fantastic, not only did you teach a class everyone loved but you showed that 20-something how it's really done! (Did you really have KC and the sunshine band?) lol

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BEECHNUT13 6/23/2013 1:33PM

    You sound like a pretty hip boss.

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    LOL! I love your stories! Sounds like a great class! I haven't been interested in spinning since I'm not much of a biker but you make me want to try one. :)

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CHEEKYGEEK 6/21/2013 12:45PM

    emoticon I love that you totally got into it and rocked it. Way to step--er--spin it up!

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HANSBRINK 6/21/2013 11:45AM

  Congrats! Nothing like a front row of people saying "Bring It!"

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BILL60 6/21/2013 9:40AM

    I hate to admit it, but SUPER WELL DONE, Weenie man.

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GIANTMICROBE 6/21/2013 8:38AM

    Awesome story!!!!!! I would have been dead... well actually I wouldn't even have shown up, because I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE biking/pedaling/anything having anything to do with bikes at all. But I love the story anyway, Boss :)

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PROT358 6/21/2013 12:35AM

    Hilarious! I think that Stasi trainer of yours wore off on you some. Do I detect something slightly devious? ;)

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 6/20/2013 11:14PM

    That is freaking hysterical!!! ROFL.. but.. you never shared your playlist!! You absolutely kill me.. my favorite line?? "now pass me your mommy's phone number" ROFLMAO Oh Thank you.. that was just awesome!!

Great job!!! I wish you had it on tape!!

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DOUGDC 6/20/2013 10:40PM

    What a marvelous experience. I'm sure you'd make a great instructor. What with all that Stazi training you've gotten. Glad it worked out well!

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    That sounds like a very rewarding hour well spent!

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OPTIMIST1948 6/20/2013 9:26PM

    I dont know you well, but I find the mental imaged incredibly entertaining!!

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WOUBBIE 6/20/2013 9:10PM

    Very satisfying!

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