It’s taken me a long, long (longlonglonglonglonglong) time to get myself to the point of liking exercise. I still struggle with it sometimes, but I definitely chalk my recent obsession up to the fact that I work part-time at an awesome gym. And the best part? Their awesome cycling classes.
So cycle (or Spin) class is one of the most challenging but upbeat cardio classes I’ve ever taken. I’m one of those girls that can hop on the treadmill for a walk, mess around on the elliptical or do a few steps on the stairmill. Am I really getting a good workout in? Depends. Sometimes I do and other times I get bored after five minutes. Cycling class is the best way for me to get a true cardio workout in and come out feeling strong!
8 Reasons Why I love Cycling Class
This is hands down my favorite part. I get bored with my own music (mostly because I’m too cheap to buy new songs so I listen to the same songs over and over again) and cycling class always has a mixture of beats. Now, I’ll be honest. I’ve had classes where they’ve played songs I didn’t like and I didn’t get as good of a workout in. It’s the same with a Zumba class for me, too. But usually you can at least catch on to the beat. My favorite classes are filled with electronic mixes and current pop songs. Though I wouldn’t mind going to a Backstreet Boys filled class – can that be a thing?
This might seem weird, but I love the energy that a cycling room has (at least the ones I’ve been to). They’re usually small, filled with bikes (…obviously…) and pumping out loud, loud music. There’s usually a mirror to check
yourself out in your form and the space is usually dark. My current gym has different color lights that come on during different parts of the class and it makes me feel like I’m cosmic bowling or something. Love it! For some reason I get so much energy and excitement walking into a cycling room. Weird? Probably.
3) No Cellphones
Another weird one for me, but it’s pretty much useless to bring a cell phone to class (hence why I have absolutely no pictures of myself taking an actual spin class). There’s no where to put it on the bike and if you put it on the floor, it’ll probably get stepped on. Best to just leave it in your locker. Plus, who wants to be THAT girl whose phone lights up the dark room during a climb? Not me. I have a hard time putting technology aside, so it’s nice to fully unplug and focus only on me, my thoughts and my workout.
4) YOUR Workout
Something a lot of cycling instructors say is “Remember, this is YOUR workout” and it truly is. You can make it as challenging or as light as you’d like. For example, I went to class at 6 a.m. this morning with super sore quads from working out my legs on Monday night. I started out the class with a light resistance, assuming I wouldn’t get much of a workout in since my legs hurt so bad. Well, after a few heart-pumping songs and my pre-workout kicked in, I punched up that resistance and really shook my legs out. Have I pushed myself harder in classes? Sure. Have I had an “off” day where I’m staring off into space and don’t burn as many calories? Of course. But there’s something about a cycling class that makes it almost impossible NOT to have fun.
Isn’t this the biggest reason people go to group exercise classes? You have a peppy instructor up front right there with you making you curse at her as she makes you add more resistance. And you have other people (no matter their exercise level) right there with you. It’s very motivating to me when an instructor says, “Remember why you came to class!” or “30 more seconds – you can do this!” Of course they always know to say those things RIGHT before you give up or lighten up that resistance, which just pushes me to keep going.
6) Clears Your Mind
For me, cycling class is a great way to deal with anxiety which I’ve been struggling with lately. I don’t have time to think about that silly boy or shit-ton of work or lack of sleep or 18 cookies I ate because OHMYGODMYLEGSAREDYING. 🙂
7) No One Can Hear You
Okay. Seriously, though. I love to sing. And if you’re going to be playing awesome songs, I’m going to have trouble not singing along. Guess what! No one can hear you. I don’t know how many times I catch myself bopping to a song in the saddle while singing along or slamming my hands on the handlebars as soon as the bass drops. Little easier to do in a spin class than it is oh … say on the leg press machine. Not that I’ve ever been caught singing along to Snoop Dogg while doing leg press. Nope. That didn’t happen on Monday.
8) That AFTER workout feel
Spin is one of those classes that I leave feeling whooped, but absolutely glowing. I feel so much more energy, so much happier and PROUD of myself for pushing myself to my limits. And you know what? Some days my limits are less than others and that’s OKAY. Remember #4? Plus, it’s good for your butt and legs, which are my problem areas. Something that’s fun AND will tighten dat ass up? Yes, please.
What’s your favorite way to workout?
Any of you out there cycle lovers?