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my hardest ride: spin class(7 posts)

my hardest ride: spin classishmael
Feb 15, 2003 8:37 AM
I decided to slow down: thought I was going to pass out. My clothes were soaked, I had a stream running from the floor around me, and my face was purple for atleast an hour afterwards. Towards the end I had thoughts of giving up cycling all together: why bother torturing myself? Why do I need to be so competative? Is this fun?
re: my hardest ride: spin classjaybag
Feb 15, 2003 9:41 AM
I feel like that after every race. But Im back the next weekend doing it again, so it must be fun right?
It it were easy it wouldn't be nearly as funPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 15, 2003 9:51 AM
Theres a saying that champions seek out failure no matter what it is and face it head on where normal people just shy away from it. So no matter how hard something is they love the challenge and will do it strictly for that. What kind of person are you? :)

Spin classes are great. Just keep in mind they are working the very upper end of your energy zones in the area above anaerobic threshhold up to VO2 max so it can't be your training alone. But combined with a couple long easy rides a week they will definitely keep you fit.

Ride hard,
Where did you get certified to be a Spin instructor?ColnagoFE
Feb 17, 2003 6:46 AM
I was certified years ago and then they had more of the "feel the burn" mentality. Since then they have changed to heart rate based energy zone training and periodization. At least the original JGSI (Johhny G) cert. Reebok and some of the others still seem to take a crackerjack approach and advocate "aerobics on a bike" Where have you been? If all you give your students is high intensity training then be prepared for then to get injured and overtrained. I would think a personal trainer would know better than to only teach threshhold. Sure if you are serious about cycling you need to ride outdoors, but Spinning class need not always be "balls to the wall" and any decent instructor should inform his class of why that should be and allow enough variations in classes to insure that everyone gets the workout they need. Indoor cycling gets a bad rap when everyone uses the "make em puke" approach. It's easy to teach a hard class. An old lady could do it. It's much harder to teach a balanced class--and for a club to offer a balanced schedule.
It depends on the groupPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 17, 2003 8:33 AM
The morning groups at the club I teach at normally tend to be woman who all they want is a hard workout. Also peoples fitness levels normally end with them settling in around the anaerobic threshhold. I'd love to see my club get heart rate monitors so I can give zones but until then theres not much to do.

As for "aerobics on a bike" thing its probly better I don't comment about it.

People generally don't know what they needColnagoFE
Feb 17, 2003 9:30 AM
Sure...seasoned racers know if they need on a given day, but the women who think that the only way they are going to get anything out of class is to go all out 7 days a week need to be educated as to why that isn't such a great idea. And most people who don't use HRMs have no idea where they should be riding. Even if they don't use HRMs you can teach using percieved exertion and explaining the "why's" behind it.
Is that where youre breaking all the record levers?..n.m.koala
Feb 15, 2003 10:43 AM