Walking towards the studio, I feel pangs of excitement and nervousness. I guess that’s normal when you’re trying something new. Especially if you’re not sure you’ll make it out alive.
I was invited to try spin for the first time with a friend. I know it’s healthy to get out there and try new things, so I agreed.
Now I know what you’re thinking : What’s so scary Jen? Don’t you lift weights? This class should be a breeze!
Spin is so different though. Spin is endurance. Coordination. And a whole lot of legs. All of which are not my strong suit.
But in the spirit of challenging myself, I found myself in the studio and ready to make an attempt. My friend walked me through the basics, and the instructor came over before the class started to give me a few tips.
Because we are all in control of our own bike and resistance settings, the class is simply as hard or as easy as you want it to be.
I was in the back of three rows, which calmed my nerves because I knew I wouldn’t be seen. Then they dimmed the lights and I really knew I wouldn’t be seen. I thought to myself this class is an anxious person’s dream! I’m practically invisible back here!
Then the pumped up dance music came on – and I was like yeah! This is my jam!
You know what it felt like?
It’s reminiscent of the moment you are walking into the club, when the music is pumping and the lighting is just right. Only instead of alcohol, everyone’s drinking aminos. And instead of dancing, everyone is working their butts off (my kind of Saturday night!).
Pedaling to the beat of the music, we went up and down and imaginary trail that albeit had some pretty steep hills. But I smiled the whole time. The instructor was invested and encouraging. The other spinners cheered when they felt challenged.
The environment was so different than from that of any gym I’ve been to. It was energetic, electric, and best of all…. contagious.
Not only did I survive, but I will also be back again.
I would recommend spin to anyone who:
- enjoys being encouraged during a workout
- is looking for a high energy fitness atmosphere
- want to get high on endorphins and doesn’t mind a sore butt
Thanks for reading!