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Spinning class kicked my A$$(15 posts)

Spinning class kicked my A$$Delia
Oct 9, 2001 11:17 AM
Hey guys,

First, all of you guys that live in warm weather places take a moment to be grateful. Those of you that don't, doesn't it suck? (relative to cycling of course).

So I tried out a few spinning classes this past week. MTBing only 2 times a week with the group just didn't cut it (I needed more) and I'm getting pain-in-the-butt shin splints cuz I started running too hard too fast. So what's my current solution....spinning. It's a better workout than I thought and I have a feeling it will help me tons with my strength and hill climbing. The instructor is a hard core cyclist and there are a few cyclists taking the class as well. One thing I really like is that it's not as boring as my trainer. Even though I love my CycleOps...it does get real boring real fast. It's amazing how many non-cycling people are veteran spinners. They've been spinning for years but have never tried a road bike. What a shame. All in all I'm happy I took the leap and tried it out cuz now I'm lovin it. It isn't like the real thing but it has it's own charm. Just thought I'd share.

Delia
it's not the sameJack S
Oct 9, 2001 11:22 AM
If you're already running, try cyclo-cross (racing)... you can do it on MTB, or you can use it as justification for another bike.
re: Spinning class kicked my A$$ColnagoFE
Oct 9, 2001 12:05 PM
I agree...I also teach a few Spinning classes. As long as the instructor isn't doing anything too goofy it;s a good quick workout. Biggest problem is usually with instructors who have rarely if ever ridden a bike. You also gotta be careful about getting too much intensity...use a HRM. Better to get 70-80% endurance type training rather than burn yourself out doing intervals all the time. You can always ignore what the instructor is doing if you need a different profile than what they are doing. might be nice to tell them before class so they don't just think you are being an A$$ though.
re: Spinning class kicked my A$$pack meat
Oct 9, 2001 12:36 PM
I've found that the classes are generally to short (45-60)minutes to do any kind of endurance work. I use it to get in some hard intervals a couple of times a weeks. And this time of year if you're riding at all it should be harder/shorter intervals. Leave the endurance rides for December and January. If you can't ride outside this time of year there is no way you're going to get to much intensity. Don't waste your time with an aerobics instructors that just does spin classes cause it's kind of like aerobics. If the instructor isn't a serious rider they are not worth your time. That's just my opinon I could be wrong.

PM
I take it where I can get itColnagoFE
Oct 9, 2001 1:00 PM
Sometimes a Spin at lunch and then another session on the rollers later that night after work. Amazing how much you can get in when you can't ride outside...of course no 4-5 hour rides...that would make you go nuts indoors, but an hour or two a day is not that hard to do. It tends to be more maintenance this time of year for myself. More weights. etc.
Fortunately, NC has the best of both worlds ...tarwheel
Oct 9, 2001 12:38 PM
We get enough cold weather to appreciate the winter, but you can generally ride year-round with the exception of a few nasty weeks here and there. I started spinning last winter and it really helped me. I also enjoy the comraderie of spinning with the same folks, listening to music and joking about the instructors. (They really are like the one in the Wheaties ad!). The thing I've gradually come to realize is that spinning classes are like doing intervals -- it's a very intense workout for a limited amount of time. So you need to space out your sessions with recovery days or just ignore the instructor and take it easy on days when you need to recover.

I've been surprised by the same thing you noted -- that is, how many dedicated spinners never ride a road or mountain bike. It always amazes me. Another suprising thing is that I can ride 150 miles a week on the road, and spinning classes still can flat wear me out. I used to occasionally go to the spin room at the YMCA on rainy days, at times when they weren't teaching classes, and pop some of my favorite CDs in the stereo and just spin away for 1-2 hours. But for some stupid reason our Y won't let people use the spin cycles anymore outside of classes. I need to work on them about that.
I got my start in spin classTami
Oct 9, 2001 12:53 PM
I was one of those spinners who decided to take it on the road. I started spinning last summer and knew by the fall that riding was my thing so I got a bike over the winter but kept spinning through the nasty weather. As a result, I was able to do my first century in May in about 5 1/2 hours after having been on the bike for 3 weeks.

I've learned that even with crazy non-cycling moves, spinning is still good cardio interval work. It doesn't hit everything one needs but can be a good complement to other training.
It's a licensing thing (or so I've been told).Spinchick
Oct 9, 2001 1:07 PM
In order to be able to advertise that they hold "real" spinning classes, they have to agree not to let people use the bikes without a certified instructor involved. Personally, I think they should make an exception if they know you know what you're doing. Like maybe have you take some kind of test or something. My gym has severly limited it's spin classes this fall. Which means I have to get up and take a 5:30am class. I don't think so. None of the other class times are convenient for me.
hey tarheel...YoungRcR
Oct 9, 2001 2:58 PM
what part of NC you live in? I live near winston-salem. and just so you know, my mom is a spin instructor at the central YMCA in winston-salem. Pretty cool huh? She tries to kick my but when i come for intervals!
hey tarheel...tarwheel
Oct 10, 2001 4:47 AM
I live in Raleigh. I get my butt kicked in spin cycle classes by men and women alike.
Carolina tarwheel?Kurt H
Oct 10, 2001 9:04 AM
Hey tarwheel,
Are you a member of the Carolina tarwheels? (Seems obvious, but I thought I'd ask) I just moved back to Charlotte from RTP, but rode on and off with the Tarwheels the first half of the year. Did you make some of the rides out by Ford Road this year?
Kurt H
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Oct 11, 2001 4:54 AM
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re: Spinning class kicked my A$$rib-eye
Oct 9, 2001 4:29 PM
Like one of the responses above, I too have an instructor exactly like the "Wheaties girl". I cracked up when I first saw that commercial. She has the mother of all spinning classes. Another one of my female instructors does the Leadville 100. These ladies kick every guy's ass in class. A 3rd one actually has a relatively easy class, but is one of the state's top tri-athletes and smokes me with ease out on the road.

All the classes I take now are done by experienced bikers, although early on there was one or two that were not. They're gone now, but there was a definite difference between the cycling instructors and the spinning-only ones.

I definitely agree with the non-cycling spinners observation. Early on I used to try to get a riding group together with my spinning buds, but nearly everyone declined. Eventually found/figured out that they just didn't ride a bike, or did so at a VERY recreational level.

During winter I spin 5-7 days a week (I have a very flexible schedule), and supplement with weights 2-3 times a week. I vary my workouts from the instructor's plan as needed and ALWAYS use a heart monitor (using tested/ verified HR numbers). They all know me so they aren't offended when I have to do my own thing as dictated by my exercise plan. Each year I start the season stronger than the last.
exercises for shin splintsharlett
Oct 11, 2001 12:52 AM
delia...here are a couple of good exercises for helping with recovery for your shin splints (they are also good for prevention)

kneel on a carpeted floor, legs and feet together and toes pointed directly back--- then slowly sit back onto your calves and heels, pushing your ankles into the floor until you feel tension in the muscles of your shin--- hold for 10 to 12 seconds, relax and repeat.

in a sitting position, trace the alphabet on the floor with your toes--- do this with each leg--- also alternate walking on your heels for 30 seconds with 30 seconds of regular walking--- repeat four times--- try to do these three times a day.

when you start running again try and avoid hills, especially downhills, and excessively hard surfaces for the first few runs..

i hope they heal quickly...enjoy spinning!
exercises for shin splintsDelia
Oct 11, 2001 6:33 AM
Thanks harlett for the excercise advice and the quote (post on Fatigue).

I hope it works. I miss running :). I tried running lightly yesterday and the pain is back in my right leg. I'll give it a few days and try those excercises.

Again, thanks..