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I did a spin class today!!

I survived the whole 45 minutes of the class, but ended it with feeling very dizzy. I felt very tired, but very accomplished. I am looking forward to going back Wednesday for round 2!

Mon. Feb 11, 3:29pm

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great job! way to kick butt and get 'er done!

Monday, February 11, 2008, 3:30 PM

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I know how you feel!! I spent a year walking past the spin classes at my gym and thinking it was out of my reach. The first time I got up the courage to go and I realized that in fact I COULD do it I was thrilled! Now I go about 2x a week.
Good for you!!! Go ahead and be amazed with yourself!

Monday, February 11, 2008, 4:03 PM

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take water or some sort of recovery drink with you for round 2!!! Spin class is great, but feeling very dizzy afterwards is not so good though. Have fun, and glad you had a great time.

Monday, February 11, 2008, 6:20 PM

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When I did a spin class - I have only done one - it wasn't the cycling that killed me so much as it was the bike seat. i thought it had irritated by tailbone so much that I have developed a tumor or something. I had difficulty sitting and standing for about 6 weeks after the class. The class was actually fun and it burns so many calories, I really wanted it to work for me.

Monday, February 11, 2008, 11:21 PM

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I'M SCARED

I have been going to the gym on a regular basis for 2 months. I am so afraid of the cycling class because of how wet people are when they come out. I feel that one must work very hard to have that much fluid pouring off of them. I want to try it, but I feel that I haven't built enough strength for it yet.

OP, how long were you attending the gym before you decided to give it a go?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 3:06 AM

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3:06 again

Sorry about the question that I asked at the end of my previous post. I see that you were going for a year. Maybe I will give it another 2 months before I try it. I feel as though I am getting stronger everyday so maybe sooner.

Thanks for sharing OP. :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 3:09 AM

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3:09 try the spin class! Spinning is as hard as you want it to be.

If your nervous about it sit in the back. Its up to you to decide how much resistance you bu on the bike... so you decide how hard to make it. Its not easy but there's no reason to wait tw months.

Or you can do 1/2 of it. Lots of people at my gym only hang around for 30 minutes and then they move on to weight training.

I thought it would be impossible also... but I was very suprised when I did it ! It wasn't that bad :) good luck

Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 8:32 AM

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OP here

3:06 I agree with PP... I only waited so long because I was SO out of shape and SO overweight, it was physically impossible for me to last 5 minutes. When I tried it yesterday, I suprised how much I put spin class on a pedistle. It is an achievement to make it through but not to try it... that I should have done sooner.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 12:49 PM

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There are lots of things you can do to make it work for you. Pace yourself...if you are tired let turn down the tension and sit back on the seat and cycle while others are standing and cycling hard. Go prepared with water, a small towel, and Ultima for electrolytes. Talk with the leader beforehand and get help setting up your bike for optimal riding. Tell them you are new to this and you don't know how long you can go...ask for suggestions for getting started. Ask around your gym....who does a good spin class...who is supportive and helpful to newbies? The seats ARE killers...wear padded bike shorts...you can even get padded underwear at biking stores. Work up to it too...you will grow accustomed to the bike seat over time.

Most importantly, you don't have to start out as a perfect spinner. It will be out of your comfort zone to start but you will work into it. It's a great learning curve for some people...and motivating to see where you go over time. If you really are scared to join get on a stationary bike and build up some stamina but give yourself a deadline for trying a class. Maybe you can do this with a friend who is also scared. Go for it....but do it on your own terms.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 12:54 PM

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