cross training: spin class



This is exactly how I look in spin class. Sort of like the girl in the baby pink terry cloth bikini (?), except that I'm actually wearing rogas so drenched in sweat that it looks like I just crawled out of a lake. And my eyes are closed to block out the vision of the woman in front of me who is riding her spin bike so aggressively I'm afraid for her lady bits. Aaaaand my chin is constantly producing and shedding huge sweat droplets that fall to the ground with an almost audible 'plunk'. 

Last Thursday, after snoozing my alarm too many times, I ended up at the gym just as spin class was about to start. So I thought, why not? At 6am it's preferable to have someone else do the 'mental' work while I just hold on. Cross training leaves me zoning out, bored, and frustrated because I'm not running. 

What I didn't anticipate was how hard spin is. Yes, I know it's a go-at-your-own-level type of thing, but when someone is like "Alright push it! Give it just a little more! Get OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! ARGGHGH!" I tend to push myself a little harder than I probably should on an easy day. 

I need spin class guidance! How do you use spin class? An easy day? A moderate day? I know how to use cross training when I'm injured but as a healthy runner I'm not sure where things stand. 

And what's up with the level of SWEAT going on? 


Comments

  1. ahaha. that first paragraph was gold, jerry!

    i've done one spin class. i had to pause halfway and do the walk of shame out of the class because my calves kept cramping :( when i returned i just rode the bike like i was on venice beach and have never been back.

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    1. I'm going the beach cruiser route next time...

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  2. I have seriously NEVER sweat as hard as I do in spin class. No run has ever even come close! Glad you discovered the joy and sweat that is spinning, now you have to try Flywheel...it's like spinning on major steroids!

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  3. I LOVE spin class. It is such a great cross training workout for running. Are you going back????

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    1. For sure! Soundtrack and imaginary hills...all good, sweaty fun!

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  4. I love spinning, and its true no run compares in level of sweat! I too tend to push to hard in spin, so tend to not use it as an easy day. But rather i use it either for double days or for breaking up too many days of running in a row, so some muscles can have a break, but i still get an awesome work out in. Maybe its my way of working out everyday though...

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  5. read this last night, flagged it so I could come back this AM with some "omg so true spin sister!" comment after my first class in years. got my sorry butt up at 5:15 and the dang class was full.

    I even put on my sexy (non-terry cloth) padded shorts. So sad.

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  6. I LOVE spinning as long as the instructor is sufficiently hardcore :) I usually do it on an 'off' day of running (although it's definitely not a true 'off' day) since there's no actual pounding and mostly just a LOT of cardio/detox-sweat-fest. I would recommend: not eating close to spinning, always bring water, and cycling shoes. The ability to clip in makes the workout WAY more effective.

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  7. I'm a huge Spin fan. I've taken a few spinning classes and really like them - what surprised me most was what a great UPPER body workout I got from it as well! At the beginning there was no way I could keep up but like others have said, no one else is watching to make sure you are doing exactly what everyone else is - they are very supportive (at least in my group) of sticking in there and doing as much as you can at your own pace.

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