What are you doing at 4:30 a.m. on a weekday?
That is the time my alarm goes off twice a week and the reason why I installed an automatic start on my car for added convenience. I am a loyal Five Fifteener, which means I along with about 8 others arrive ahead of the regularly scheduled 5:50 spin class. Our instructor offers the extended class during a time when he knows people are training for biking and running events. We all spin for reasons such as triathlon training, cross training and overall fitness benefits. It’s nothing for me to be next to an Iron Man competitor or group fitness class Instructor. I find spinning to be harder than running but the results are amazing! I can attribute the surges I feel on my runs to the strength I have gained in class. The hour and 20 minutes I spend sweating my curls out has also given me endurance for the longer races I have finished.
Benefits to spinning:
1. Low impact and easy on the joints.
2. High calorie burning workout.
3. Increased cadence on bike increases running tempo.
4. Good music and good people.
I started the class around September 2012 and I can remember struggling as a newbie. I taught spinning when I was student teaching at Livonia Churchill H.S. but it was no where as strenuous as this class. My cooperating teacher was not as fond of spinning as she was with other aerobics classes, so I had it easy. My instructor, Paul, is far from easy. He mixes it up with speed intervals, hills, hand weights, wall sits, planks, push ups, ab work and more hills. Just when you think the resistance is heavy enough he says “put in another ¼ turn.”
None of my summer clothes from last year fit because I am currently a size 4. I have dropped 2 dress sizes since last summer. My weight stays between 135-140 but I have gained a lot of muscle which we all know weighs more than fat. I have never been a size 4 in my life! I like how I feel and look.
Now please excuse me as I finish off this warm, chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.