Gym Fever – Part 2 “The Spin Class”

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It was years ago that I last got on a bike and the prospect of cycling for fitness filled me with dread. I then discovered “Spin” and now I love it. I also got a bike for my birthday in 2010 and cycle to the gym come rain, snow or shine and love that too. I’m not really sure why I like it, I just feel that the workout is intense and rigorous. I sweat like a PIG and I believe that you lose about three pints during one session! I hardly have any breath to talk; that said, there are plenty of the “WI” types that seem to natter all the way through.

The funniest things are really the characters you get to see:

  • One instructor I refer to as the “Music Nutter” – I swear he does not make eye contact with anyone. But the music is loud loud loud.
  • Another instructor seems to think that giving 110% resistance is a hard work out – this gets me every time as it out actually be an impossible work out as 100% resistance would be stationary…
  • The Olympic Amazonian is the same character I see in Body Pump. Turns out she trains rowers…
  • Sweaty Older Gent – there aren’t many blokes in any of the classes, but spin is probably the most likely place to see them. This chap is older – maybes 60s – but fit as you like. His only issue is his sweating – way more than me and requiring a mattress of hand towel around him to mop up. Last time he got the bike next to me I was dripped on…gross!
  • The “German Towel” brigade is made up of anywhere between 1 and 5 people who pre-select their preferred bikes and leave water bottles/towels draped over them to claim “Ownership”. I am dying to move them around to see if they notice ;0)

Fun Factor: 6/10 – I cannot describe it as “fun” per se, but…

Fit Factor: 9.5/10 – best cardio by far (and only 45minutes!)

 

Gym Fever – Part 2 “The Spin Class”