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My First Spin Class Experience


Although my gym offers spin 5 days a week, I had never been until this month. I did not think riding a stationary bike going nowhere could be much fun combined with my preconceived notions that spin class was too extreme kept me from ever attending a class.  Until a good friend of mine who loves spin encouraged me to give it a try.

I decided to attend three morning classes giving myself rest days between each class.

Day One:
I brought a water and a small towel (per advice from my friend). I threw my hair up in a bun with a headband and wore a light tank top in preparation for what I knew would probably be one of my sweatiest workouts. I arrived to class a little early to make sure I got a bike. I had trouble adjusting the bike for my height but the instructor was nice and took the time to help me.

The Good
The instructor was friendly and encouraging throughout the workout. She played upbeat pop music that made the class enjoyable and time seemed to pass by quicker than I thought. I was covered in sweat and I left with that “great workout” feeling.

The Bad

THE SEAT. By the end of the warm up, all I could focus on was how uncomfortable the seat was. “Why does nobody talk about how much this seat hurts?!” I turned to my friend to ask. “You’ll get used to it,” was her reply. I glanced around the room and no one else seemed to squirm in their seat like I was, so it must be true. Despite the pain, I was able to get through the class because we weren’t sitting the entire time.There's a reason that Ariana Grande's "Side to Side" video features spin bikes.


Day Two:
A quick Google search of the keywords “spin class pain seat” providing the information that a sore bottom was quite normal and most people usually get used to it. I also found padded seats and padded shorts I seriously considered ordering because I wasn’t ready to trust my friend or the internet that spin class would ever become comfortable.

The Good

I was surprised to find that I wasn’t as uncomfortable as I was day one. Sure, I was still a little sore but I was able to focus more on peddling than the pain.

The Bad

This class was with a different instructor. She focused more on sprints and a lot of up/downs rather than hills which was fine but she chose to set the workout to classic rock, which just isn’t my preferred music genre to work out to. A good playlist is important to me because it helps set the tone. This class seemed to drag on and I think the music is partly to blame.

Day Three:
The instructor from day one was back and I was excited to get a good workout in. The music was on point but best of all I had minimal soreness! Like both previous classes, I was dripping in sweat by the end.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed spin class especially after getting past the initial soreness.  Like any fitness class, spin class can vary between instructors. I tried out both instructors and found that I liked pop music instructor the best. As a former dancer, Zumba and dance fitness is still probably my favorite way to get in cardio but spin class is becoming a close second. I plan to continue attending spin class.



13 comments

  1. I've been curious about what a "spin class" was all about! I wasn't sure if it was for hula hooping or stationary biking until I googled it. Taking a gym class this year is a goal of mine so I might give spinning a try. Totally worried about the uncomfortable seat now, haha!

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    1. It hurt pretty bad at first but I'm used to it and have no discomfort now!

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  2. I've always wondered about the seat myself..lol glad it gets better as you go! I think I will need to try this for 2017.

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  3. Congrats on surviving your first spin class :) The seat is no joke! It definitely gets better as you go!

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  4. I've always wanted to try a spin class but I'm so nervous. I'm really out of shape, haha, and haven't been on a bike in soooo long. I've heard from a few people that the instructor is fine with you going at your own pace so I shouldn't be afraid. Maybe I'll try one out at my gym soon :)

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  5. Spin terrifies me! I tried a class once at my college gym way back when and had such a sore butt at the end. Plus it's so intense!

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  6. Glad I found this! I've been thinking about trying out a spin class, but always so hesitant. I must say, though, that everyone I see leaving class is always drenched in sweat -- a good sign for sure!

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  7. I've always wanted to take a spin class .. you've inspired me to go sign-up :) Thank-you

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  8. I'm curious now! I may have to try a spin class! ��

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  9. Love the recap of your first three classes! Friends at my gym keep trying to get me back, saying it becomes addictive after a few classes. My first class was painful and not at all fun! But I'll try it again, I'm sure :) Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  10. Those seats are pretty uncomfortable! lol But spin classes are an amazing way to burn a massive amount of calories.
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

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  11. My first spinning class was sooooo exhausting. After 5mins I thought I was gonna faint haha.. I kept on starring at the clock and was so relieved when the 30mins were up. That was like ages ago and I did enjoy the following classes, they were getting better and better :)

    Nadine Cathleen | Karateandcaviar.com

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