I’m so excited to write this post, it’s actually quite overdue! I’m addicted to spinning and I just can’t hold it in anymore. Listen, spin is life, spin is bae, spin is everything you never knew you needed. I will rearrange all of my after work plans to get to a spin class, no joke. I can’t remember what life was like before I became addicted to spin and I don’t want to revisit it! I never thought I’d look forward to working out but I look forward to every class. It’s my stress reliever, my adrenaline rush, and a lullaby to help me sleep better at night.
My first few spin classes were rough. My form wasn’t together, I was still getting comfortable with the extra movements we do on the bike, and I hadn’t found my go-to instructors yet. The bike seat will have your cakes sore for two days afterwards but the workout itself is the best sweat ever. I typically burn 500-700 calories each workout, sometimes more. In my classes, it’s a full upper and lower body workout.
My favorite instructors play Chicago-style house music throughout their classes. Popular R&B/Soul/Rap songs with increased tempo and heavy bass. For me, music is key to a great workout but especially in spin. The beat keeps me on rhythm, helps regulate my breathing, and a really good mix will turn my workout up several notches. There are some instructors who play music that literally makes me yawn, and I never go to their classes, that’s how critical music is to the spin experience.
I keep my gear pretty simple. I haven’t invested in cycle shoes yet (they’re pretty nifty because they attach to the bike pedals to keep your feet stable) but I am serious about the rest of my gear. Here are 5 things I can’t spin without:
Bike Seat Cover – I found a bike seat cover at Marshall’s on clearance for $10, no more aching cakes! Depending on the instructor this comes in handy; some instructors like to ride the seat a lot while other will you have on your legs most of the time. I prefer to have the seat just in case.
Gloves – Lots of people wear weight lifting gloves that cover up to the middle knuckle but I prefer a shorter glove that lets me get a good grip on the bike handle. I’m so picky about my gloves, they have to be just right, it took me two weeks to replace my worn out and raggedy pair. I’ve got the world’s sweatiest palms so the grip and comfort of my gloves is everything!
FitBit – I track each workout using my FitBit to measure calories, heart rate, and duration. I legit feel lost if I don’t have my FitBit, if I’m not wearing it did the workout even happen?
Headwrap – And finally, to keep my edges LAID, I wear a headwrap. Mine is from Nicole Ari Parker’s Save Your Do line, I found it at Walmart and it actually keeps my edges dry and the sweat out of my eyes!
H20 – From start to finish I drink about 48 ounces of water during a regular workout. 16 while I’m getting dressed, 16 during the hour long class, and 16 after. Staying hydrated is a major key, word to DJ Khaled. If you’re spinning (or doing any workout) and feel your muscles start to cramp, it means you need water.
Even when I’m slacking on working out I’m always committed to spin. It makes me feel good because I ride out every bit of frustration, anxiety, etc. and feel better, plus any consistent workout routine will help me look amazing, win!
Have you tried a cycle/spin class before? Did you like it? If you haven’t, tell me your favorite exercise! Let’s chat in the comments!