It’s the eve of the eve of Christmas (or so my children keep telling me). The baking is done (and well-sampled), the gifts are wrapped and ready to pop under the tree, the final grocery list has been made and I’m worn out from all the planning, planning, planning. Despite it all, I’ve managed to carve out an hour tomorrow morning for my last pre-Christmas cardio workout. Spinning at 10:30.
I have been teaching spinning (aka ‘indoor cycling’) for about six months now. That’s incredible to me, given how resistant I was to even participating in a class this time last year. For the last three years I have been thoroughly committed to my weight room workouts. Nothing beats the feeling of a good muscle pump, or so I thought. What changed my mind? A comment made by an extremely fit co-worker when I asked her how she trained her (shapely and well-muscled) legs. She told me that she never trained legs in the weight room. Instead, she taught spin class. I was stunned. No squats? No lunges? No leg press? Nope. Just spinning, 2-4 times a week.
I decided to give it a try. Much to my surprise, it was a much more challenging leg workout than I was accustomed to. Instead of 20-30 minutes of squats, lunges and presses, I had to push against significant resistance on the bike for nearly an hour! While my legs were strong, they had no endurance. Combine the new challenge (I love a challenge!) with great music, an entertaining instructor and the energy of exercising with a group and I was hooked!
Currently, I spin twice a week; I teach a 45 min Spin and Abs class on Mondays and take an additional class either Wednesday or Friday. I still like to work legs in the gym, but love the shape my legs have taken on since starting to spin.
Tomorrow, spinning will elevate my heart rate, my metabolism and my mood. It will calm me and enable me to enjoy Christmas evening and the wonderful chaos of the following morning with my family. Have a happy and peaceful Christmas.