If you have been keeping up with me lately, then you know that I’m training for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). Can we just say that it is NEXT weekend?! Holy cow-time flew! Next Sunday, I will be able to say that I rode 192 miles in 2 days. But the more important thing that I will have done is to help kick cancer’s butt by fundraising a whole ton of money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund.
Although the ride was meaningful to me because I know that so many people are affected by cancer both directly and indirectly, it was extra meaningful when I recently found out that my first running friend was diagnosed with cancer. I feel like you always know that cancer can attack you or a loved one, but you never think it will actually happen. And when it does, all you want to do is to fight back.
In order for me to do my part and fight back, I needed to train my tush off to give people a reason to donate to my ride. However, riding during the week was logistically not fun for me. I have to get up oober early to get in a decent number of miles and make sure to pack the appropriate clothes, all my snacks and food and bike to work. I had done it while training for my first Half Ironman, but I was not digging it for the PMC. Instead, I opted to spin like it was my job with the help of The Handle Bar team. Ever since my first visit, I have been going consistently-so consistently that I became the mayor on FourSquare-Sorry Chris H!
Since the owner of The Handle Bar (Jess-who in the snazzy yellow headband in the pic below) knew I was such a loyal customer, she invited me and a few friends to join a class for free! I was very excited because I already burned through my 10-class pack and was craving at least one more spin sesh before the PMC. My friends were also pretty pumped and gave the experience an overall thumbs up.
Jess’s class was pretty packed. I was actually surprised how packed for a Thursday night at 7:15 pm. As I waited for class to start, I was thinking that her class must be good enough for people to want a sweaty Thursday instead of a thirsty Thursday!
The class included a lot of jumps and high energy songs. One of my friends said that she doesn’t normally listen to the music Jess was playing and really liked one of her tunes. I was pumped to hear that she had a song by Kimbra who is not your average radio music. I love a few of her tunes so it put a smile on my face to hear one of my jams.
Right from the start of the class, my legs were feeling the burn and my arms most definitely were from the arm portion. I really like that these classes include the arm portion. It is difficult for me to motivate myself to work my arms if I’m not in a class environment. I’m usually more concerned with my legs or core. I can tell already that my arms are getting more tone and am looking forward to seeing more improvement in strength.
All my friends said the class was really fun and a great workout too. We were all drenched in sweat, so I can’t see how they could say we didn’t get a good workout in! The one thing that they didn’t like about the class as much was that the music was a little loud for them. Unfortunately a few of them sat directly in front of the speakers which was definitely not helping them out. Good news was that they took advantage of some of the ear plugs the Handle Bar offers. When I was waiting for class to start one day, someone had asked Jess why she had earplugs there and this was exactly why. She had said that her and some other instructors really love the music volume amped up (looks like she is one of them!) but she understands that while clients love this-some might not.
Besides earplugs, they also have hair ties and gum. Don’t you hate when you get to the gym and forget a hair tie? I hate working out with my hair down-it’s impossible for me-especially for spin class.
Unfortunately, there will be no spin for me next week. I am taking it easy all next week so my legs are completely rested and ready for an amazing 192 miles ahead of me! But I’ll be back! I was talking with some of the ladies from BTone Fitness and we were thinking about doing a BTone Fitness and friends class at The Handle Bar!
One tid bit: I think that different instructors like the music at different volumes and sometimes it even varies per day. So don’t get freaked out to think that you need to wear ear plugs for every class. I was fine without the earplugs but my friend who sat next to me preferred to wear them!
Single Class: $20
5 Classes: $95 ($19/class)
10 Classes: $180 ($18/class)
20 Classes: $340 ($17/class)
40 Classes: $640 ($16/class)
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