I decided to join a gym after 6 months of talking about it. Taking a spin class was first on my list of things I wanted to do at said gym.
Joining a gym is an easy thing to do. Walk in, sign up, pay the money and you have a membership.
It wasn’t easy for me. Who the heck knows why, but it wasn’t.
2 hours of childcare a day. All classes included [spin, yoga, boot-camp, etc.].
First day at the gym and I jumped right into a spin class. Here is what I have learned in the past couple of weeks. Hope it helps you if you are thinking of trying out spin!
- Bring water. You are going to sweat, most likely more than you ever have in your life. Bring water [it rests in a little spot on the bike between your legs] and make sure when you arrive at class you are hydrated.
- Bring a towel. You are going to sweat and by sweat I mean that it may appear as if you have jumped in a pool. There aren’t any fans in the spin room I am in, so the sweat doesn’t evaporate, it just keeps coming. The towel will be great for wiping off your body but also good for keeping the handles of the bike dry so your sweaty hands don’t accidentally slip off.
- Hydrate. You sweat a ton as previously mentioned. At night after the first couple of classes I had a terrible dehydration headache.
- Don’t wear Hattori’s or other shoes that don’t have much between you and the peddle. I’ve been slowly adding in the Saucony Hattori’s on some of my shorter runs but they are best for running, not spin. On the first day of class I wore them and when getting out of the saddle at the end of class my feet hurt because I could feel the peddles pushing into my feet. Minimalist running shoes and spin do not mix well.
- Tell the teacher you are new. I didn’t do this and regretted it. I didn’t know how to position my seat or that it even mattered. On day two when another new student informed the teacher she was new, she helped her get the bike all set up. At that point I told her this was only my second class and she helped me too. If you are worried about bothering others or being embarrassed, arrive to class a little early so you can tell the teacher you want/need help.
- Don’t get discouraged. Wattage on the meter tells you how hard you worked during the session. On the second day the teacher told us her wattage for the day was pathetic because she was sick – it was around 200. Having gone to 5 spin classes at the time my average wattage hadn’t yet reached her pathetic level. I have however jumped in average wattage so I know either I’m doing it better or getting stronger. No one would expect to be good at running after only 5 runs so don’t expect you are going to be a super star after only a couple of classes. Like most things, it takes time to build up.
- Buy spin shoes. I haven’t done this yet, but am going to. It seems to be that you are missing half the workout if you don’t have the shoes. My legs do a lot of pushing but not a lot of pulling. Here are two posts I found online that I found helpful in knowing what to get when it comes to spin shoes. http://syncstudio.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/taking-it-to-the-next-level-investing-in-cycling-shoes/ http://www.dareyoutoblog.com/2012/05/get-spinning-shoes.html
- The teacher and music MATTERS. There has only been one teacher I haven’t enjoyed so far. The music is low during her class, I don’t like most of it and the workout doesn’t seem to flow to the beat of the music. I think a good teacher makes all the difference in how much you will like the class. I also happen to think that LOUD music is REALLY good when you are in pain.
- Join a gym. If money doesn’t grow on the trees in your backyard, I suggest joining a gym over a specific spin studio if you are a beginner. Joining the gym was MUCH cheaper than paying for a spin studio near me. It also gives me other cross training options as well as childcare.
- You get of it what you put into it. This is a no brainer. If you want the class to be easy then it’s going to be easy. No one is forcing you to up the gears or peddle faster. It’s all up to you. If you want a workout and you want to see results then make it count. Half a$$ the workout and you will see half a$$ed results.
Are you new to spin? Thoughts? If you SPIN all the time what are you tips for those of us who are new to it??