Friday, September 18, 2009

My world keeps spinning.

A lot of people have been asking me what a Spinning is. Well first off let me tell you what it isn’t. We aren’t Whirling Dervishes or anything like that although I do think that is kind of cool in a freaky kind of way. I get dizzy just watching them spin around. We actually just ride stationary bicycles but it isn’t just that simple. The leader puts on some music and we all grove to the beat while she leads us on our ride.

We start out by warming up for a bit before getting down to business. After the warmup, our fearless leader tells us what to do. She will tell us to adjust the tension to simulate a climb or a hill and to sprint or go easy. She may also tell us to get out of the saddle which means get your butt up off the seat. Sometimes we do jogs, sometimes running and sometimes we do jumps up and down. All the while there is music playing. The room is usually dimly lit and at times the lights are turned off. That is usually when the ride is getting really intense.

The room where we spin is pretty bland so our instructor put some little butterfly stickers on the wall. It was really cool how she arranged them because it looked like the butterflies were coming out of the lamp in the front of the room. Someone obviously didn’t share our love for butterflies because they had them removed. “Party pooper” Anywhoo, with or without the butterflies it is still a lot of fun and a great workout. It doesn’t just work your legs either. I can feel it in other parts of my body as well and the best part is if you give it your all, your heart gets a great workout as well. By the time the 45 minute session is over, I am totally soaked with sweat and there is a puddle of sweat beneath my bike. Don’t worry I clean it up. We end up by doing some cooldown exercises and stretches.

The classes are mostly comprised of women but a few brave men like myself do enjoy it. My son accuses me of going because of the class makeup but I went to a few classes that were half and half men and women and I enjoyed them equally as well. The important thing is to find an instructor that you like and ours is great. Mary (one of my followers) is always positive (even when she isn’t feeling well) and she always conveys a positive message to us during the ride. Even though it is an intense workout you can go at your own level which I really like. On days that I am a bit tired, I just lay off the intensity a bit and still get a super workout. I always leave feeling great about myself.

One thing I really like is meeting people and spinning is a great way to do that. The people who go to the classes are very dedicated and most seem very friendly and positive. This past Wednesday we had a new class member. She was a girl from India. Mary asked what her name was and she said Balin----Dah.(she pronounced it like Ball+lynn then a pause and Dah) Mary asked her to repeat it and she said Balin-----Dah. When the class was over some of us were talking and Mary again asked the girl from India what her name was and she again said Balin-----Dah . We all just stood there trying to figure out how you would spell that and them Mary said; Belinda? And Belinda smiled and said yes. What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Have a great weekend,


Kelly Combs said...

I'm laughing at your ending! Isn't that funny? That is what talking to my 5 yr old is like. She has a funny pronuncation on everything. She prounouces hungry like laundry - I'm so hundry! LOL!

I've taken spinnning classes before & they rock!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Spinning class sounds like a lot of had me with Belinda.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Well this was very informative, Greg. I have a friend and her husband who have told me about their "spin" class, but I've never gotten an actual explanation as to WHAT that is.

Much obliged.

Gotta Have Faith said...

Man I have not stepped foot in a gym, or much less worked put in about a decade! I don't think I could do it Greg. I do though get some good exercise in when my jobs start.

Take care,


Debbie said...

Yes, the Belinda part is hysterical! I sub and the worst part of my job is trying to take attendance and pronounce the names!

Susan Skitt said...

Spinning is fun, but my arches can't handle it lately (I have to buy some of those stiff biking shoes is I want to do it). I've been weight training twice a week and try to walk, bike or rollerblade one or two other days, however, I def. need to ramp up the activity level :)

Way to go Greg!!!

Monogram Queen said...

ha ha you had to call me out didn't you? I honestly had no idea it involved a bike. Don't ask me WHAT I thought it was but not what it is!
I think i'd like it though. Maybe when i'm finished with school. I have enough on my plate right now although I do want to start a walking regimen.

Suzanne Casamento said...

A tough workout always does make you feel good, dosn't it?

That class sounds really hard. Good for you getting out there and workin' it!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Greg - As always, just the right touch of humor. I am glad you explained spinning, because I smooth thought it was like weaving or something!

My mom met a man one time and he told her his last name was junior. She asked him several times if that was his LAST name - she was a little confused. Finally she asked him how he spelled it and he said, "OH, I just spell that 'J R' ( jr.) - we have laughed about that for years.

Have a good one!

Gotta Have Faith said...

Hi Greg,

I was tagged today to send out a prayer chain, so I am tagging you to to see if you wanted to include some people who need prayer in your life.

Please visit my Blog for more details and click on Luvin This life on my page to read her Prayer chain request!

Hope you join in on the prayers!


Jane In The Jungle said...

LOL, how cute!!
Love your spinning story, keep it up!

Angie said...

You inspire me Greg. Keep up the good work. My neighbor does this and now that I hear about it from you it makes me want to try it.

Got tickled over Belinda. too cute!

Jenny said...

Your so dedicated Greg, I wish I could be so dedicated to my workout.

Edie said...

Your spinning class sounds like quite a workout. I'm afraid I would embarrass myself and keel over but it sounds like fun.

I have to wonder if that lady decided that Belinda was close enough. LOL.

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