There's a lot of hype around stationary cycling classes, and going into my first class I had the mindset that biking in place couldn't be nearly as fun as biking in the real world (Although my "real-word" bike is at least ten years old and the gears sound like they are breaking when I shift...). The idea of 90 minutes was daunting, HOWEVER, I LOVED my spin class. I went Zengo Cycle, for a free class, which was a promotion for first timers. I was immediately drawn in by the interior. The whole place was very well designed, including clean bathrooms with pebble floored showers and fancy goodies like hair-ties, hair-dryers, and q-tips (I have low standards for gym bathrooms). The bike room was set up with maybe 50 bikes directed towards a bike on a platform (for the instructor). I was a little put off by how close together the bikes were, but it ended up not bothering me at all. The instructor personally adjusted my bike, brought me 2 lb dumbbells (that's right biking and weightlifting. Who knew I could multitask?), and they even provided hand towels, though I had my own cooling towel. Another thing with this spin class was that the bikes were designed to have special shoes click into them, so they require you either own or rent shoes from them. Though the shoes were weird to walk on, once I was strapped in they didn't bother me at all.
The instructor claimed it was her 4th class of the day, which would take a LOT of effort on her part I soon realized. As the class began, the lights dimmed and the music went up. The instructor didn't spurt of random scenery descriptions like I had suspected from movies, in fact, she pretty much just gave instructions and motivational advice. The difference between biking alone and going to a spin class is really just that voice of encouragement, and that seems worth the drive to me. On my own I probably would've gone home after 10-20 minutes, but with the group mentality those 90 minutes flew by. It turned out to be a GREAT workout, though sometimes if I pedaled too quickly I'd lose control, which can be scary if your feet are literally strapped in. Other than that I actually enjoyed exercise for once. Another benefit with stationary biking, there is NO UPHILL, plus you can control the resistance... so don't resist (PUN) trying a spin class out.
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