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Spinning Out of Control!
- Sprints which are a maneuver that uses light resistance to mimic fast sprints on a bike on a level flat surface.
- Jumps which are basically a maneuver of getting in and out of the “saddle” (seat) in a smooth, controlled movement (alternating between sitting and standing in timed intervals of a few seconds. (Foodie Nation Warning: This is the maneuver that results in the crotch soreness that a lot of people experience after their first spinning class. DO NOT….I REPEAT DO NOT slam your body into the seat when doing jumps. I am not responsible for battered and bruised va jay jays and man parts!)
- Climbing which can be done seated or standing and mimics riding up a hill (the steeper the hill the higher you turn up the resistance).
- Running which is an upright, standing position that uses light to moderate resistance to mimic running on a bike (you know when you watch Tour de France and you see Lance Armstrong standing up on his bike peddling, that’s a run).
- PADDED BIKE SEAT COVER. I got mine at Target for $15. It slips right over the seat at the gym and adds a much needed layer of cushion to the seat. I’ve been told that the more you take spinning you develop “buns of steel” and the seats don’t bother you anymore. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I have noticed that I’m not sore on my butt after a class anymore. I’ve got a good deal of cushion left on my bottom so YMMV. If you complain of your bottom hurting some sitting down…this might be $15 well spent.
- CLIP IN BIKE SHOES. The jury is out on these. I’ve seen a lot of folks use them and a lot that don’t. Most that use it prefer them because they have extra padding on the part of the foot where the pedals are and it provides a more secure footing. I’ve looked on line at the prices and OUCH. These are not cheap. I wouldn’t suggest investing in these unless you are SURE that you love spinning and will be taking multiple classes a week.
- WATER BOTTLES and TOWEL (both are MUST-HAVES). You’re going to sweat during a spin class…A LOT. At the end of my first spin class, there was sweat all over the bike AND the floor around my bike (gross). I drank a 32oz bottle of water AND a 24oz bottle of water over the course of an hour class and sucked down a 16 oz bottle on my way home. Bring TWO water bottles with you (there is a reason there are two holders!) and a nice absorbent hand towel. Trust me on this one.
Hillery would like you to know that she DID take pics of Nik during this workout, looking all the hot mess that spin can make a person look but in a fit of vanity, Nik vetoed said pics and locked them in the Foodie vault.
But she's willing to risk death by laser beam to get them for you for the right price.
Have a fitness question for Hillery? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "fitness." REMEMBER: Hillery is NOT a personal trainer and can't give professional advice but experiences? She's got those by the dozen and is more than willing to share!