Yesterday I went to a spin class for the first time. I'd been wanting to try it but was always a bit intimidated by it. And then I found out I was pregnant, so workouts of any kind were pretty much out of the question.
Luckily JC and her friend Hollie joined me for my first class at Flywheel Sports in Walnut Creek. I was so excited the whole week because I'd get some time for myself while also hanging out with other people (I sound like a hermit, but with the baby and the weather, it's been tough to do anything outside the house).
We got there, checked in, grabbed our shoes from our cubby. It was pretty tricky walking with them once I switched out of my sneakers. Fortunately for us, Hollie is a pro and even had her own shoes, so she was showing us how to adjust the seat on the bike and how to get our shoes to click into the pedal.
And then the fun began.. and by fun I mean pain. Now, I haven't rigorously worked out after I gave birth, just some walking here and there. So I had no core strength whatsoever. I had used what little abs I had to push my baby out. And the missing abs were so apparent anytime we had to do isolations, which thankfully wasn't TOO much in the choreography. The lights went out and the spotlight was focused on Ryan, our instructor. He was awesome, so upbeat and singing along to the songs, and trying to motivate us. It was a struggle at first trying to coordinate my upper and lower body to the choreography, but eventually I got it down. There were times where JC and I were like f*** that and wouldn't adjust the Torq (the resistance), but for the most part we tried to keep up with the choreography. There were no weights involved like I had read about in other cycling class, but my own body weight was enough. The choreography consisted of pedaling up off your seat, getting in semi-push up positions on the handle bars and pushing your butt back towards the wall, dipping left and right to target your obliques.
When it ended, I was exhausted, but in a good way! I felt so good, even though I know I would be in more pain later. Oddly enough, my upper body was much more sore than I thought it would be. It was a nice way to start our Saturday, and I can definitely see why people get hooked. If you're ever interested in going to a spin class, just do it! You're booty will thank you.