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« Topic Start: March 18, 2008, 10:45:26 pm »

I love biking, but I hate working out.  Biking is fun, working out is more like an obligation.

It's almost, but not quite yet, warm enough for me to want to ride my bike.  So I thought that going to a spinning class would be good preparation for the upcoming biking season.  That's where I learned that spin class is not for cyclists.

Spinning, to a cyclist, means pedaling very quickly in a light gear.  Spinning, to a spin class instructor, means something like elipitical running with a stationary bike under you.  I wonder why they even put seats on those things.  They stood for over 3/4 of the time.  The instructor is yelling, "stand up, get up that hill".  I'm like "lady, why on Earth would I want to stand up to climb a hill?"  Ever watched the Tour de France?  Lance Armstrong does not stand to climb up mountains.  Standing up while climbing a mountain bike hill will unweight your rear tire and get you zero traction.  Cyclists rarely stand. 

This is of course is me making excuses when in fact I've been sitting on the couch all winter and am out of shape.  Everyone in the class except me could stay standing, I had to sit.  I felt like such a moron.  Didn't help that I forgot my water.  Roll Eyes

I think I'll stick to working out by myself from now on.  Classes are too embaressing. 

Thanks for listening, I'm done whining for now.
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« Reply #1: March 19, 2008, 03:13:06 pm »


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« Reply #2: March 19, 2008, 03:30:44 pm »

I love biking, but I hate working out.  Biking is fun, working out is more like an obligation.


I think I'll stick to working out by myself from now on.  Classes are too embaressing. 

Thanks for listening, I'm done whining for now.

Aww, sounds awful.   Kiss  I hate any kind of workout class, seems I'm always a beat behind or turning the wrong way or ...yeah, just not my thing at all.

I was just sitting outside this morning with my morning coffee and thinking a bicycle would be nice.  I'll have to start keeping an eye out for one.  I agree - biking =fun, working out = torture.  Even a stationery bike for me is hell.  Booooooooooooring.  Please kill me now. 

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« Reply #3: March 19, 2008, 04:30:06 pm »

I love biking, but I hate working out.  Biking is fun, working out is more like an obligation.

It's almost, but not quite yet, warm enough for me to want to ride my bike.  So I thought that going to a spinning class would be good preparation for the upcoming biking season.  That's where I learned that spin class is not for cyclists.

Spinning, to a cyclist, means pedaling very quickly in a light gear.  Spinning, to a spin class instructor, means something like elipitical running with a stationary bike under you.  I wonder why they even put seats on those things.  They stood for over 3/4 of the time.  The instructor is yelling, "stand up, get up that hill".  I'm like "lady, why on Earth would I want to stand up to climb a hill?"  Ever watched the Tour de France?  Lance Armstrong does not stand to climb up mountains.  Standing up while climbing a mountain bike hill will unweight your rear tire and get you zero traction.  Cyclists rarely stand. 

This is of course is me making excuses when in fact I've been sitting on the couch all winter and am out of shape.  Everyone in the class except me could stay standing, I had to sit.  I felt like such a moron.  Didn't help that I forgot my water.  Roll Eyes

I think I'll stick to working out by myself from now on.  Classes are too embaressing. 

Thanks for listening, I'm done whining for now.

I see spinning classes in sessions sometimes at the gym.  Never had any inclination to join.  At least when I'm on the stationary bike with all the programs to choose from, I can set the gears and chose the terrain to what I like. That makes it a bit more interesting, but spinning sounds unbelievably boring.

I used to ride my bike a lot when I was a bit younger.  It's probably waiting for me to rescue it from the garage :-P.
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« Reply #4: March 19, 2008, 07:00:24 pm »

At least when I'm on the stationary bike with all the programs to choose from, I can set the gears and chose the terrain to what I like.

The programable stationary bikes would be okay, except that the seat is too wide on most and then the side rub on my thighs.  Also,the pedals are really far apart, which really spreads your legs out.  It's like "am I riding a bike or giving birth?".

Maybe I can sneak on the spinner bikes when there is no class going on.  Or I can just suck it up and ride outside.
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« Reply #5: March 20, 2008, 04:20:55 pm »

I'm like "lady, why on Earth would I want to stand up to climb a hill?"

Actually, I DO. It's the only way I can make it up a hill. I stand, and rock the bike back and forth. I also make it up hills in fourth gear or so. Cheesy

We all know I'm NOT normal.

I won't touch low gear for the life of me. LOL
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« Reply #6: March 20, 2008, 04:35:40 pm »

The programable stationary bikes would be okay, except that the seat is too wide on most and then the side rub on my thighs.  Also,the pedals are really far apart, which really spreads your legs out.  It's like "am I riding a bike or giving birth?".

Maybe I can sneak on the spinner bikes when there is no class going on.  Or I can just suck it up and ride outside.

I prefer the reclining ones where you can slide the seat forward or back so you're a bit more comfortable.  The upright ones I tried rove me nuts - the seats were too narrow, and my butt started hurting all too soon into the workout.  My lower back didn't enjoy it either.  I never noticed how far apart the pedals are, to be honest. Maybe tomorrow I'll take a look.
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« Reply #7: March 20, 2008, 05:03:19 pm »

I love biking, but I hate working out.  Biking is fun, working out is more like an obligation.

It's almost, but not quite yet, warm enough for me to want to ride my bike.  So I thought that going to a spinning class would be good preparation for the upcoming biking season.  That's where I learned that spin class is not for cyclists.

Spinning, to a cyclist, means pedaling very quickly in a light gear.  Spinning, to a spin class instructor, means something like elipitical running with a stationary bike under you.  I wonder why they even put seats on those things.  They stood for over 3/4 of the time.  The instructor is yelling, "stand up, get up that hill".  I'm like "lady, why on Earth would I want to stand up to climb a hill?"  Ever watched the Tour de France?  Lance Armstrong does not stand to climb up mountains.  Standing up while climbing a mountain bike hill will unweight your rear tire and get you zero traction.  Cyclists rarely stand. 

This is of course is me making excuses when in fact I've been sitting on the couch all winter and am out of shape.  Everyone in the class except me could stay standing, I had to sit.  I felt like such a moron.  Didn't help that I forgot my water.  Roll Eyes

I think I'll stick to working out by myself from now on.  Classes are too embaressing. 

Thanks for listening, I'm done whining for now.

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I mean to tell ya.  We go to the Y and I spent a couple minutes watching the spin class when they were being outdoors.  Holy sheeeyat.  They look funny.  I can't respect a bike with a disc for a front tire.  My bike is a trail beast, so seeing these weird things that I would most likely tip over sideways on just aint happnin. 

I tried an "interval training class" that was a NIGHTMARE.  I went ONCE.  After that once I never went back.  Anyone who asks me to do a push up 'on' a step block, then another with one hand on the block and one on the floor, back to the block, STAND UP AND DO A HERKIE (jump up in the air) come back down and repeat the process to the other side is out of their cotton picking mind.

I made it through the push ups only to get absoloutely owned when they switched to those rubber band things with added hand weights for resistance.

I left halfway through the class, had to do the walk of shame putting away my equipment.

I stick with 20 on the elliptical, 20 on the stair climber and some weights.  During OFF hours, so I can get a machine where I don't have to have someone sweating within 18" of me.  It makes me hyperventilate.
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« Reply #8: March 20, 2008, 05:41:32 pm »

I tried an "interval training class" that was a NIGHTMARE.  I went ONCE.  After that once I never went back.  Anyone who asks me to do a push up 'on' a step block, then another with one hand on the block and one on the floor, back to the block, STAND UP AND DO A HERKIE (jump up in the air) come back down and repeat the process to the other side is out of their cotton picking mind.

That sounds like my TKD class LOL. Actually, that sounds like fun. *looks for a block* I'm tempted to try it.
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« Reply #9: March 20, 2008, 07:07:00 pm »

That sounds like my TKD class LOL. Actually, that sounds like fun. *looks for a block* I'm tempted to try it.

Go for it Smiley  after 45 minutes of a 1.5hr class I couldn't lift my arms past my waist for four days.  It nearly killed me.

I like my kickboxing class mas mucho!
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« Reply #10: March 20, 2008, 07:40:49 pm »

Go for it Smiley  after 45 minutes of a 1.5hr class I couldn't lift my arms past my waist for four days.  It nearly killed me.

I like my kickboxing class mas mucho!

Have heard this about kickboxing at our  ymca as well, sounds like fun. I agree with everyone else, so far...I have seen spinning, and it looks very dorky. I love taking exercise classes of various types, I have been taking dance classes since I was wee, but spinning I just don't understand. Also step aerobics makes me scratch my head, but that's another matter. I take yoga of various persuasions, yoga flow, pilates, yogalates (which kicks my ass every time) I swim sometimes, when I am bored and lazy I do cardio machines and zone out on my ipod. I think the important thing is to do *something. It helps.
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« Reply #11: March 20, 2008, 08:43:24 pm »

They look funny.  I can't respect a bike with a disc for a front tire.  My bike is a trail beast, so seeing these weird things that I would most likely tip over sideways on just aint happnin. 

I hear ya.  I'm sticking with my green machine.  There'll be butterflies in my stomach the day when the trails open.
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« Reply #12: March 20, 2008, 08:45:07 pm »

Also step aerobics makes me scratch my head, but that's another matter.

I took a step aerobics class for a semester in college.  It was actually great fun!
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« Reply #13: March 20, 2008, 11:55:19 pm »

I took a step aerobics class for a semester in college.  It was actually great fun!

I have tried it a couple of times, it clearly is dance-related, like all aerobics classes, but it is just not dancing. Not even close. I can't hack that. I can see that a lot of people have fun doing it, but apparently a lot of people enjoy spinning as well. To each his/her own, I say Wink
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