This is not my gym. My gym is not this cool looking.
Last month I wanted to take the beginner spin class at the Y. I'd never taken a spin class before and I have heard it is a good workout in and of itself, but also good at strengthening the legs for running. Since I had no idea what I was doing I chose to attend the intro class just to see what it was all about.
I'm not sure how beginner it was (remember, first class), but we only spend about 5-10 minutes making sure everyone had their bikes set up for their height. Then it was into it. The instructor had us go through various resistance and sit/stand combinations at the change of each song. I liked that. Especially since I knew every song but one. I had a nice feel for how long we would be doing any segment.
I'll be honest. I wasn't sure whether I would like this. Well, really I didn't know if I could do this so I was a bit scared. But, I felt like I kept up well with everyone and did all the "running" the instructor had us do. I don't know if I always had the resistance exactly how he would want it as the knob didn't have any numbers or anything to know when it was set high or low. But, I actually really liked it. I felt strong. I felt in-shape. I felt like I could do this...again.
So, I came back from the class and checked out the schedule to see when I can take another class. I have access to two gyms so I had lots of options. I think I am going to take the Sunday at 11:00 a.m. class. I know I'm going to hurting today (sorry work!) so tonight doesn't sound like a good option. Thursday I have to run. Friday I'll go to the gym, but with my long run on Saturday, I don't want to get myself all sore for that. So, Sunday it is! I might even go back next Tuesday. :) How cool is that?
Have you taken a spinning class? Do you like them? Do you feel they are useful in training?