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mimitabby2010-05-02 15:32:35 +0000 #1
omigoodness! that lady was nuts! our instructor made us stand and pedal for at least 10 minutes, maybe more! and if that wasn't bad enough, the first thing she said, from a scale of 1 to 10, i want you pedaling 7! then 8! then 9!! we never did 1 -6!! But I like 1-6 what's wrong with these people?!?

good grief, when we were done i was wet from head to foot! who knew! the girl next to me kept begging for more while i was thinking; please ignore her, teacher, (and she did)

What a workout. ouch ouch ouch.
Zen2010-05-02 15:37:59 +0000 #2

You'll be back.
Miranda2010-05-02 15:46:53 +0000 #3
Sounds like the class was more advanced, or maybe the population in the class is such normally. That makes a diff sometimes, but the teacher should always state that you can modify, and demonstrate what that is. Especailly for new students. I was a spinner before a road cyclists, and consider myself to be with the crazies on the adreline junkie stuff, but I have my reasons and days that I do not follow the drill cued. That is perfectly ok, and really a good thing. It is a different work out from the road, even tho is is suppose to be like it. Before the road, and spinning, I was always a group exercise person for my cardio. Over 20years of doing classes, in my personal opinion, spinning is the toughest cardio class I have ever taken in my life, for whatever that's worth. But, you still don't have to kill yourself like some of the cult members, if that's not your goal for the day, to get a good work out.
mimitabby2010-05-02 16:22:40 +0000 #4
Like Zen said; I went back.

The friday class has a different instructor. In fact; she was 28 minutes late for a 45 minute long class. That's okay; a fellow class member put in her ipod full of (ugh) Rap music and we all more or less did freestyle until the teacher showed up. So the workout wasn't near as hard.(we'd gotten numerous messages about her progress around a car wreck on I-5) She came in and seemed a lot more sensible than the M-W person. I look forward to having a full class with her next week.

She used a different numbering system than the first woman, instead of having us doing 7,8, and 9 we were doing 2, 3 and 4! who knows.
teigyr2010-05-02 16:08:38 +0000 #5
Mimi, where are you going?

The instructors are all different where I go. I have favorites, of course. They all respect that you need to do what is best for you. It's a rugged workout though. I love it
KnottedYet2010-05-02 16:54:02 +0000 #6
so, is it anything like actual biking?

are you just standing and mashing like someone doing RAMROD on a single-speed?
Zen2010-05-02 17:42:56 +0000 #7

Originally Posted by KnottedYet

so, is it anything like actual biking?

Yes, like riding a fixie. my favorite instructor starts us out in 5-just barely feeling the quads work, then directs us from there. We'll do some four count jumps and some longer standing climbs.

When she plays "Free Bird" we're in for a workout.
Zeek2010-05-02 18:41:31 +0000 #8

Originally Posted by teigyr

Mimi, where are you going?

The instructors are all different where I go. I have favorites, of course. They all respect that you need to do what is best for you. It's a rugged workout though. I love it

Teigyr's got it right. Spinning Instructors sometimes tend to make class the "me" show instead of the "you" show. Spinning is all about taking it at YOUR OWN pace. It all depends where you are in your workout week. The instructor you took the first time is clueless. You start each training session with a warm-up, gradually increasing cadence and resistance as you try and get your HR up to 65% of your max. You EASE the body into the session--you don't slam the body against a brick wall. That's not smart training. I'm a level 3 instructor. I taking continuing education courses to stay current with the spinning program and to further my education. So many instructors out there don't do this. The goal is that you feel good at the end of a session. If you are miserable the next day, moody, short tempered, then you worked yourself too hard and you tapped out your energy resources and didn't do anything but wreak havoc on your body. And there is no mashing of the pedals. The goal is to pedal in smooth ellipticals: not in squares.



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