Then I decided I would like to do a duathlon this year and realised that my casual cycle commute was not really gonna get me quite ready! So it clicked ...that's why I should keep up a spin class or two while cycle commuting.
One of my favourite studios is BOOM! Cycle in Shoreditch; but in all honesty it was just a little out of my way. But now, they opened a new studio on the doorstep of what I like to call my playground (Covent Garden) ...in Holborn!
I went along to their pre opening event a couple of weeks ago and already the studio looked amazing. They opened on 29th January with free classes for two weeks! I went in and got my lunchtime fix on day 1! In the few times recently I have attended a spin class, I've been chatting to friends / acquaintances / fellow fitness fanatics and it's been the first time for some of these seasoned gym bunnies! I wondered...what does this feel like for them?! Why have they never been before?!
My first spinning experience was pretty daunting. I knew it was hard work and at that time in my life I would usually shy away from really hard work! I was told that you work so hard you can become nauseous! In that class, I did become nauseous...I remember trying to recall the route to the bathroom in my head but I ended up being okay! The instructor was great and her music choice kept me going from start to finish!
So I asked everyone! I asked why they'd never been...I asked how they felt the first time...and I asked what tips they would share with a newbie! This is the summation of all the responses...
1. WHAT TO WEAR
You also have the option to wear regular trainers or use cleats (the bits that attach to the soles of cycling shoes to allow them to clip onto the pedal). Wearing cleats makes for a more efficient workout but may take some getting used to!
Don't forget the usual gym stuff too - does your studio provide a towel for during class / showering afterwards? Do you need a padlock / coin for the lockers?
2. ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME
This will allow you to be relaxed at the start of the class, find your bike (most studios these days allow you to prebook a bike) and get your bike set up correctly. The most important adjustment is of the seat height. You can usually also adjust the handlebar height and distance from the seat. The instructor should help you with this!
3. YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE SEATS SUCK
4. PACE YOURSELF
5. DON'T GIVE UP - IT TAKES TIME TO ADJUST
6. HYDRATE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER CLASS
7. YOU ARE IN CONTROL
8. THIS AIN'T A CYCLE IN THE PARK
9. IT'S THE INSTRUCTOR THAT MAKES THE CLASS...
10. YOU WILL SURVIVE
So what's stopping you now?! Scared I won't like it/won't be able to do it?! Take a friend along for moral support! There is nothing quite like having someone to glance at when the going gets tough!
And a huge Thank You to everyone who contributed to this post via your tweets and text messages!
...do you have anymore tips for newbie spinners?! What was your first experience of spinning like?! Do you #LOVE it or #HATE it?!
Elle :) x
p.s all pictures are from the Boom! Cycle launch album on Facebook :)