Spinning out of control

Last week, my husband and I finally took a Spin class at a local studio. It’s something we’ve been meaning to do but just haven’t gotten around to it until recently.

We arrived a little late but quickly got acclimated and eased into the heart pumping experience. Although I haven’t taken a Spin class in quite some time, the pace of the class was not intimidating, and thanks to a great play list the time flew by. Additionally, the instructor was great and made sure our bikes were properly set up and checked in with us throughout the class.

If you’ve been watching the new E! reality show Hollywood Cycle or just want to try something new, and I think you should, here are a few tips.

1) Where to go -Classes are offered at gyms and fitness studios.  From my experience, the studios in my area have less bikes in the  room so there are less people and you get a personalized session with added help from the instructor.  This can be a positive or a negative. More attention means you’ll be pushed harder and you’ll be {nicely} called out  for slacking off.  The gyms typically have more bikes and you can hide in the back and just do your thing.  Check out your local gyms and studios to see if they offer a free passes for new clients.

2) What to wear – This isn’t the Tour de France, but since you’ll be drenched in sweat opt for moisture wick clothes with good breathability, and don’t forget your favorite gym shoes.

3) What to bring – A huge bottle of water, a towel and a positive attitude.

4) What to expect – The class will begin with the instructor asking if anyone is new or needs help setting up, and shortly after the class will get going with the instructor guiding the class and telling participants what to do, when to increase or decrease the resistance and when to sit and stand. The class is fast-paced but you are encouraged to go at your own pace to ensure you are enjoying the ride and getting the most out of the experience.