I understand the intimidating feeling when it comes to fitness classes. However, I did get a few friends to join spin b/c it's a comfortable class since there's no choreography (like step) and the lights are usually dim so you don't really feel on display. Get there early, beeline for the instructor, tell him/her you're new to this and ask for help fitting the bike. Once you're on the bike they should explain to you their lingo (you can always look at the other riders if the instructor gives an instruction and you're not sure what to do). Also, the other riders are very helpful since new people try these classes all the time, so feel free to say hi and ask questions. Go easier than you want the first time since it may feel easy in the beginning but you'll likely be very tired by the end. And don't get frustrated if you don't feel strong at the end of your first class...use it as your starting point and work on improving from there.
See the funny thing about the class is that you are all together no matter how fast you ride. If someone is faster than you they will still be sitting next to you and can keep their own pace. You are basically riding to push yourself. You will find that if you talk to the instructor before the class you will be able to feel more comfortable. The instructor should help you get through your first class. They are usually not setting out to get you to drop from the class. They make money by having members and so most clubs offer beginner classes as well as advanced. I'm sure that if you just check into the club or gym you will have a great time in the right class. Good luck and I hope you find the right class for you.
I'm intrigued by spinning classes but also completely intimidated by them. I'm not really a fast rider, I just ride for fun, so I don't know if I could keep up with the pace of those classes. But maybe I'll get brave enough to try it one of these days. Fitness classes in general intimidate me - never take one - so it's not just about spinning!
Outside is normally much better than inside. It's in our nature to be outside and not caged in a little box (office cubicle) or on a stationary trainer. However, some of the spin classes are really fun. My buddy teaches those classes and he makes it fun. Then again it could be that I know him and it's funny to see him teaching but then again it could just be the way he is. I was going to teach those classes too but I didn't really feel like going through all the training and messing with my school. I think that if you gave one or two of these a shot you might find that you like them. They weather should clear up soon and give you a chance to get back outside. Good luck and enjoy the team.
M: Welcome to the team. That's quite a story. Lots of people on this team are full of wonderful stories. Many of the people on here are beginners. You will also find some veterans that are willing to lend their expertise if you are in need. Check out some of the previous threads and see if there is something that you need or would like to know about.
There are ways to cycle inside, like on a trainer. I hope you are not running or cycling too hard on the injury. Take it easy and let it heal. I'm really sure you will enjoy this team. Good luck with all your goals.
Last spring and summer, my family and I really got into bicycling together. We rode whenever we could -my son was 3 at the time and my partner and I would alternate pulling him in a burley-like trailer on our rides.
In the fall, we did the first ever Minneapolis bike tour, the 40-mile route. I had sprained my ankle about a week before, so my partner ended up pulling our son in the trailer nearly the entire ride b/c that was a bit too much for my injury - what a trooper she was! Anyway, the ride was wonderful and I can't wait to do it again.
This year, I've taken up running, so I'm currently trying to balance training for my first 5K in May with being prepared for lots of biking when the snow finally melts (despite officially being Spring, snow is coming down as I type). So, I'm trying to balance cycling and running training.
My mother died suddenly of pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, and I found a local bike ride, the Purple Ride, that raises money for pancreatic cancer research. It turns out that ride is the day before the Minneapolis bike tour this year. So, I'm planning on doing both rides - I'll do the shorter route (8 or 10 miles, I think) on the Purple Ride on Saturday, then hopefully be up for the 40-mile Minneapolis tour on Sunday! Once I get through my 5K in May, I'm going to have to really get focused on training for these rides!
So, that's my story. I have been a pretty sedentary person most of my life, but starting to bicycle with my family last year really got me excited about leading a more active life!
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