Hi everyone! I haven’t done a Friday Five post in a while, but today I decided to jump back into it! I’m linking up with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney and since today’s prompt is “favorites”, I decided to share some of my favorite things about spin class! I started taking spin classes back in November when I was recovering from my first round of my hip/sciatic nerve injury, and now that I’m re-injured again I’ve been going pretty frequently. I’m lucky to belong to a gym with a really great, state of the art spin studio, so going to class is always a lot of fun and a really great workout. It’s also a huge part of my training for the Gold Nugget Triathlon, so it’s got even more of a purpose now that I’m using it to train! It’s not always easy but I definitely love a good spin class!
- It’s a perfect workout for injured runners. Obviously all running injuries are different, but my PT highly recommended that I take spin class to keep up my cardio level while I was recovering from my injury. It keeps my hips level while helping my legs and core gain strength. Plus when you can’t run, you definitely can still get that awesome post-run feeling after pedaling hard for an hour!
- I get to meet new people. I’m starting to get to know one of my spin instructors really well (she’s the one who inspired me to sign up for the Gold Nugget Tri in the first place), and she’s giving me so many tips for the GNT and even offered to lend me her old road bike if it fits my frame! I’ve also met other injured runners in class who totally got my whole situation and why I’m there. It’s so exciting to meet runners in a place where no running happens! We are everywhere apparently 🙂
- It’s basically a dance party on wheels. And it also helps me plan playlists for my own personal bike rides. I get to see which songs motivate me uphill or to speed up, and if I really like an instructor’s playlist I’ll definitely come back for another class with them!
- There’s a learning curve, but I’m getting through it. It took me a while to truly find the perfect fit when setting up my bike so that I’m comfortable and pain free throughout class. I also still struggle to remember to do equal parts push and pull with my legs to make each rotation smooth, but I’m finally starting to get the hang of it! It’s so cool when the instructor asks you to check in with the smoothness of each rotation and you realize you’re doing it right!
- It gives me a reason to keep my gym schedule. When I want to run on the treadmill or do some lap swimming, I can go to the gym whenever those areas are open. Which means that sometimes I skip those workouts. But knowing that my favorite instructors only teach during certain times each week has me scheduling my workouts and actually sticking to it! I know if I skip one of my favorite classes I’ll have to make it up later with an instructor that I don’t really like or do it on my own, so that’s a huge motivator for me.
Do you go to spin class? What are your favorite parts? And no, you can’t say when it’s over 🙂