Putting On The Spin Cycle

For the past few weeks, I’ve been attending — well I should say addicted to — spinning classes at Shapes. My first spin class I didn’t realize how people could make it through the 60 minutes of continuous cycling and using their legs and calves to push themselves up and down on the bike. Without a doubt, that first class, I was pretty sure I was going to die. So why did I go back for more?

Well, I read an article that spinning is a great way to get a full-on cardio workout that keeps one motivated and continuously burning calories. I decided to give spin a whirl once again and although my thighs, glutes and calves burned after the class, I realized why people could get addicted. The combination of the high-intensity workout, black lights, encouraging instructor, pop and hip-hop music and the yells of encouragement from fellow classmates stuck with me.

It’s funny how when you’re in that little spin room how you can envision yourself cycling through the hills of France — or in my case, Tuscany. Why Tuscany? Well, you should know by now … because of my deep desire to return to Tuscany and take my little bicicletta through the rolling hills taking in all the sights, sounds and smells once again.

But wherever I mentally travel to in my spin class, the one thing that is a constant is that I am never bored. Jogging on the treadmill is horribly uninspiring to me and, after five minutes, I’m ready to do something else.

Spin doesn’t do that to me. The class and instructor keep pushing me to give more, to breathe harder and peddle faster. I definitely suggest you try a spin class — I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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