Two weeks ago I started spinning. I had been deep in mourning for several weeks over an agonizing decision to stop running. With nowhere to turn for a rigorous workout,
I tentatively tried out the spin class at the Burlington YMCA-YWCA.To my great surprise, I loved it.
For the past three years, I had been inspired as a runner by Lyle Gibson (Lyle could make anyone fall in love with running). But a torn meniscus in my right knee, and the advice of two orthopedic surgeons, led me to the decision to find a new exercise. Yet, I felt disheartened—not only did I lose a fabulous way to stay fit, but also my identity as a runner.
I had often heard the word “spinning” but never really knew what it meant. Spinning is sort of like a stationary bike (which I have always hated) but not really– it is much more cool. The bikes at the Y are Keiser bikes.
Spinning takes place in an exercise studio (also known as the room at the end of the hall at the Y) with a bunch of bikes lined up in rows, and an instructor on a bike facing everyone yelling out orders. You can make your workout harder or easier by changing gears up or down.
As you can imagine, “up” is for climbing up a hill. Our instructor will yell out “two gears up” and then the RPM’s at which you should be pedaling. The nice thing about stationary bikes is that no matter how slow you go, you never get left behind.
Why I like spinning:
1) Other people do it with me (I’m a social exerciser)
2) I have an instructor (I like attention)
3) The weather never lets you down (the downside is that you never have an excuse to NOT work out)
4) It’s low impact (not so hard on one’s joints)
5) Very rigorous work out!
6) The shorts are cute.
We have lots of Zion members that exercise everyday—everything from yoga to Zumba to boxing.
What exercise do you do? Why and when do you exercise? Any advice for someone who might want to get started?
Leave comment. I’m interested!