my first-ever spin class

This morning, I got out of bed early and went to a spin class at 5:30 am. This class was taught by the same gal who teaches the yoga classes I love, and since I missed yoga earlier this week (due to the snow), I figured this would be a good time to try the cycling/spinning class.

I’m still processing a lot of the experience. I really enjoyed the class and got a great workout. I was surprised by how the time passed- one reason I never previously took a spin class is because I thought it would be boring, and people only took spin classes so they could hang out with their friends. I suppose the latter is somewhat true, but the time flew past more quickly than I’d expected.

My muscles took a real beating, but in a good way. My legs are still a bit tired but I’m pleased with the quality of this workout.

The teacher played loud music, which didn’t really bother me but was definitely different from the yoga classes. At yoga, she plays music but it’s a bit more subdued. Here, it was more in-your-face. The songs were pretty good- the type of things you’d hear on the Top 40. All I remember was “Eye of the Tiger” (which I really liked) and something by Justin Timberlake.

The actual workout was fantastic, but at the same time, nothing special. What I mean is, I could have done this on my own (at least in theory) on any of the stationery bikes in the gym. I suppose that’s true of almost any of the exercise classes- at least in theory, you can do that stuff on your own- though I enjoy having someone to help guide me through the poses in the yoga class. Even with spinning, though, it’s nice to have a teacher who is cheering you on. There’s also benefits, I think, to having a scheduled time for your workout, which is what you get with a class like this.

Now here’s my real quandary: As long as I’m training for a half marathon in the spring, I will be training, and this will obviously count as cross training. Tuesday yoga classes will also be cross training. But if I have cross training twice a week, and I should be running 3-4 times a week… do I also need to include strength training? That is mostly an issue of time- if I do yoga AND spinning, I will have to add strength training, and that just turns into “how many hours per week can I spend at the gym”. Exercise is important, but I also have to include time for sleeping, working, and relaxing. I don’t have an answer to that yet, and I suppose this will just have to be something that works itself out over the next few weeks!