Spin Class | Cycling
I wanted to write a blog post about my latest love in the fitness world. About two weeks ago I signed up for my first class at Boho Cycle. I had taken a cycling fitness class before, but nothing like an amped up spin class. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous because this class used the clip in bike pedals and seemed pretty intense. But, I was really excited when they offered a free first class to see if it was the right fit.
So, I showed up on a Sunday morning, rented a pair of cycling shoes (with clip in cleats), and ventured into the dark room filled with more bikes than I thought could fit. I got on a bike. I attempted to adjust the bike to fit my height and then clip in to the pedals. Here is where my anxiety spiked a bit---I had trouble clipping in to the pedals. But, my neighbor was quick to help me out, and one of the instructors helped me better adjust everything. Finally, I felt ready to start moving.
The instructor, Tosh, was motivating and really fun. Her playlist aligned perfectly to our class. The music is loud, the room is dark, and you really get in the zone. This first class was tough, but I felt great afterwards. What I loved about this class, and the classes here in general are that the instructors continually emphasize that you are in control of class. They will definitely motivate you throughout, but it is your choice to push yourself. Each of the instructors I have taken a class with have been wonderful.
A few words of advice---bring plenty of water, wear your more snug fitting workout clothes, stretch afterwards, and fuel your body. I always eat a small meal or snack (two eggs with fruit, a smoothie, or Lara bar) about two hours before I go to make sure I have enough energy throughout class. After class, when you are feeling ready, refuel your body.
Now having finished eight classes, I can say that all of my anxieties surrounding clipping in to the bike pedals and keeping up in class are diminished. This actually happened after my second or third class, but now I feel like a pro. After each class I feel like I got a whole body workout. I'm definitely a bit sore the day after, but each instructor takes time to stretch with you following class. Best of all, my mind feels so clear when finishing a class. Something about spending time in the room focusing on my own body and pushing myself helps me leave with a more peaceful mind. The chilled lavender towels they pass out at the end of class top it all off.
The only real downside to spin class that I have found is the price. First, I want to note that I do not think that you can put a price on feeling strong and healthy. These classes do run on the more expensive side of fitness classes at $17/per individual class for their 60-minute classes and $12/30-minute class. But, they do have quite a few packages that lower that individual class rate. The best deal is their yearly unlimited at $1200 for the year ($100/month). If your jaw is dropping at the price, remember that they are providing an amazing customer service experience and an even more amazing workout. Most of us do not prioritize fitness and health. We think it is okay to spend a couple hundred dollars on a handbag, but scoff at the idea of spending that on our own well-being. I think we should challenge ourselves to shift our thinking to focus on things that can benefit us mentally and physically.
If spin class is not your thing, or you don't have a place like this nearby there will be some new blog posts coming soon that I think you will enjoy!
What is your favorite way to get moving? Let me know in the comments!