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Another list: "Great things about Spinning classes"(11 posts)

Another list: "Great things about Spinning classes"PaulCL
Nov 15, 2002 6:18 AM
Since I just finished my first spinning class this morning, I'm now a spinning class expert.....

Great things:

5. Great workout
4. More motivation than riding a trainer or rollers
3. Comraderie of fellow spinners
2. Able to show off my endurance to the windsucking non-riders

...and the #1 best reason to take a spinning class....

1. Have the hot instructor in the skin tight lycra and and sports bra to look at for an entire hour !!!!

(OK, I'm a sexist pig...but if it makes me ride more, its' OK right????)
and the sexy thing doesn't drop you on the first hill! ;-) (nm)Spunout
Nov 15, 2002 7:31 AM
re: Another list: "Great things about Spinning classes"PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 15, 2002 7:40 AM
I hope the ladies in my class have the same feeling towards me except for the sports bra thing.I just don't look right in one with my hairy chest.
Me too... they keep coming back though!!!No_sprint
Nov 15, 2002 7:59 AM
I'll save my regular rant about most instructors having no clue about smart training for another day. Many of you have heard it from me before.
Smart trainingPaulCL
Nov 15, 2002 8:14 AM
For what its' worth...the routine the instructor used was essentially the same as the routines I see on my Spinervals tapes. She mixed up the routine with sprint intervals, hill intervals, and tempo work. I felt like I got a good workout.

But we have to remember that spinning classes are not meant for cyclists, but meant for aerobic class participants who want to try something new. At least that's my view of the situation.

It was kinda fun being the 'newbie' in class. Before the class, the regulars warned me not to expect to be able to complete the class since I was new to spinning. I must admit that I got a lot of satisfaction out of completing the hour long class with ease. Ya' think the bibs, shaved legs, cleated shoes, and lack of a big gut may have given them a clue??????
Me too... they keep coming back though!!!PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 15, 2002 8:16 AM
In my experience with fellow instructors you have a legitimate gripe.I've felt the same way.
Yup, Stay away from the intervals in winter. Ride tempo ;-)nmSpunout
Nov 15, 2002 8:32 AM
Me too... they keep coming back though!!! RANTNo_sprint
Nov 15, 2002 8:38 AM
Here we go. Most instructors are transplant aerobics instructors who have never known anything about exercise physiology, nutrition and exercise, cycling, etc. They know nothing about annualized training and for the most part are not concerned with their students or their goals (if they even have any). They teach all out classes day in and day out. There is an atmosphere that comes down from the top management that creates a *popularity contest* situation with most classes. Most of the students are equally ignorant, so you've got a know nothing teaching a know nothing. The perpetuation of the *harder I go the better every time out* is fully solidified in this situation.

I combact this myth daily. I pound my students with the whys of what we're doing, why a Zone 2 class with a touch of Zone 3, although not as exciting as *Bunny's* class is so very important. Yes, we will be spending almost the entirety of Nov and Dec doing *less exciting than others'* classes. I constantly probe my students for their goals and help them get to know themselves from a physiological and nutritional standpoint in an effort to help them formulate and reach their own goals. If my attendance drops to zero I don't care, I'd have to fire myself I suppose. I'd rather do that than teach stupid classes.

Luckily, people who know what they're doing can alter ANY Spin class they choose to attend to suit their own particular goals.
Me too... they keep coming back though!!! RANTPEDDLEFOOT
Nov 15, 2002 8:59 AM
It's good to hear from instructors that share the same opinions and principles.Don't get caught up in the popularity contest that often goes on in clubs.I've always tried to stay true to my principles and hoped that sooner or later the students would catch on.For the most part the serious ones will appreciate the thought that goes on behind a good program.
Me too... they keep coming back though!!! ADDENDUMNo_sprint
Nov 15, 2002 8:51 AM
Spinning was created for the cyclist, one cyclist. Johnny G created the first indoor spin bike. He was a RAAM participant a while back whose wife had a new baby. He could no longer take off on his daily 10 hour rides. He created the Spin bike and program to get training indoors, in his home.

An instructor doesn't need to know much about cycling to teach effectively. What is needed in knowledge about intelligent heart rate or cardiovascular training. Perhaps reading Burke's book should be mandatory before teaching.
Nov 15, 2002 9:10 AM