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CR4002010-05-02 18:03:21 +0000 #1
Ok, I did my first spin class last night and I thought that I was gonna die. How many of you felt like this durning your first class?

My heart rate was around 93% to 98% for twenty minuets of the class. Is this normal for a first class? I do ride a road bike in the summer so I was surprised to see it go so high.

I think I may have had the tension higher then I was supposed to on accident. I played with the tension before class and was not sure if I had loosened it all the way.

Well as painful as it was it was fun.
Adventure Girl2010-05-02 18:09:02 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by CR400

My heart rate was around 93% to 98% for twenty minuets of the class. Is this normal for a first class? I do ride a road bike in the summer so I was surprised to see it go so high.

What do you mean by 93% to 98%? 93% to 98% of what? Heart rate should be expressed as number of beats per minute (say 150bpm). Or are you saying that was 93% to 98% of your maximum? You could NOT sustain that for 20 minutes.
snapdragen2010-05-02 18:19:24 +0000 #3
Yes, my first class I thought I was going to die. It gets better.....not easier...but better.
CR4002010-05-02 19:13:46 +0000 #4
Ok, I'll try to give the actual bpm. I use my heart rate monitor to display the time of activity and then it only shows it as a percent. My max heart rate is set at 210. So between 190 and 210 should be between 90 and 100%. So i guess that would mean it was between 195 and 207. I did have to slow down a few times and even stopped a couple of times and set even though we were supposed to be standing. To try to get my heart rate below 90% or close to it. And yes it really was that high for 20min. Does this mean that maybe my max heart rate is higher then I think? Also have sustained 200bpm for three miles. After which I slowed down for fear my heart would give out not because I had to, ok the feeling of wanting to throw up helped, felt the same way last night.
wabisabi2010-05-02 19:33:11 +0000 #5
I think that sounds like too high for too long. You might talk to the instructor. The good ones will provide some information about this. Yes, when I first started I would blow up at some point, and woudl have to slow down. For me, the trick is a sufficient warm up, then you can do a lot more without blowing up. When it does start, you should definitely back off. I agree, it gets 'better but not easier' because you compensate by cranking it up more. For me, it does definitely help, especially with sprints and hill work.
alpinerabbit2010-05-02 19:11:00 +0000 #6
I nearly died my first class too. Boyfriend had to carry my bag home.
traveller_622010-05-02 20:21:46 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by CR400

Ok, I did my first spin class last night and I thought that I was gonna die. How many of you felt like this durning your first class?

Well as painful as it was it was fun.

For my first 4 weeks of spin class I felt like I would either pass out or throw up (or both!) at every class. And my heart rate was off the charts....Eventually though I acclimated to pace of the workout and to the spin bike.

Hang in there, it will get better! Spinning has really helped my cycling because my instructors are all die hard cyclists and have designed their classes to work on specific cycling skills.

- traveller
Irulan2010-05-02 20:35:01 +0000 #8
if it's that bad the first few classes, you should back way way off on how hard you are working. It's very easy to overdo it in a spin class if you aren't used to it. That's what the tension knob is for, set it for what works for you. Just becasue the gal next to you or the instructor cranks hers halfway around for evey gear change, doesn't mean you need to do so. Use little tiny increments to establish a level that is comfortably intense, but won't cause you to blow up.

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