I finally made it to a morning class. I don’t know how long it has been since I have but it sure has been a while! I have been really struggling with getting to the gym. I had every intention to go to spin class last night but I just wasn’t motivated so just didn’t go. Like I said before-exercise is hard!
While I was on my T ride home, I really gave myself a hard time about skipping the class. I felt so bad about not going that I made myself practice a little yoga with YogaGlo and went for a 2 mile jog. The workout motivated me a bit to get back in my old habits. Not to say it will be easy to get back to it, but I was at least motivated and inspired.
I sat down and adjusted my workout schedule to try to help me get there. Maybe I was setting myself up for failure by not thinking about the schedule I had planned for myself. I realized that I used to workout in the morning and this would help me feel more awake and ready for the day. I know that I needed to be strategic about what classes I picked. Trying something too new may make me second guess myself so I was going to pick classes I knew I would want to go to.
Ever since my Pan-Mass Challenge training, I really grew to love spinning. The music and the workout just makes me feel good both mentally and physically. I really love The Handle Bar and would love to go to some of my favorite instructors but I need to make sure I get the most out if my 3 month membership to Equinox.
What is nice about Equinox’s classes is that there are different categories of spinning classes not (CrossCycle®, Breathless the Ride, Studio Cycling, Detox Cycle and more) not just different instructors. I had no idea what CrossCycle® would be like. I figured it would be a spin class that focused on using your muscles in different ways and maybe a weighted bar like I have used at The Handle Bar. I was kind of right….but in a way completely wrong!
What was my CrossCycle® class like?
CrossCycle® mixes endurance, strength and conditioning all in one class with intervals both on the bike and off the bike. I didn’t expect to get off the bike at all but it was a pleasant surprise.
We started with a warmup and then played with resistance and position (seated and in third position standing).
We did 3 intervals of work off the bike. Intervals included a mixture of exercices like jumping jacks with the weighted bar over your head, and jump squats, mountain climbers, burpees, pushups, planks and lunges. These are all exercises that my body needs to build all around strength. I was pretty excited but also nervous. I haven’t done any workout like this in a long time and was not sure how my body would react post-surgery. I ended up doing well! My core wasn’t too irritated and I felt energized.
The Instructor – Chris Gagnon
In general, any class really depends on the instructor. I have also found that sometimes what I like may even vary with my mood.
Today Chris was perfect for the my mood. I appreciated that he asked if there were any newbies in the room to his class or just to spinning in general. He came over and introduced himself and asked if I had any questions.
Before and throughout the class, Chris reminded us to listen to our body and do what we need to. He wasn’t yelling at us to go harder, but motivating us to work our personal hardest for our body today. He would also give reminders about good form if he saw people in bad form.
Chris didn’t ride his bike when he was teaching-he walked around the room telling us what to do. The last spin class I went to at Equinox I wished the instructor rode their bike with us. But with Chris, what he was doing worked. His direction was good enough that we knew what we were supposed to be doing, what was coming and when we should be doing it. I have found with spin classes I like to have a forecast of what is to come. It allows me to mentally prepare for the intervals and get the most out of it.
I really liked CrossCycle®. I think that it would be perfect for that person that wasn’t sure about spinning. It gives you enough time on the bike and off. I think this will also be a great way for me to get back not only some of my cardio but also strength that I have lost with being a slug for the past 5 or so months.
GIMME MORE SPACE! The thing I really didn’t like about CrossCycle is that there is such little space in the studio that the intervals can be really difficult to do. I was next to a girl who was next to the wall. This meant that there wasn’t much space next to her bike for her to do the exercises off the bike. She ended up doing them in the aisle right next to me and her butt was literally in my face. It was really awkward when we were doing plank or push ups and I was pretty sure I was going to get my face butted by a real butt.
I wish I had my spinning shoes. Last night when I was packing I didn’t want to have to bring 3 pairs of shoes with me (my boots for the day, sneakers and spin shoes). I decided to forget the spin shoes. If I couldn’t get into spin class for some reason I could still run on the treadmill or do my own mini workout. Bad choice. Next time I’m going to bring my spin shoes no matter what. I realized how much more stable I feel and more power I can get when I wear the shoes. They allow me to get a better workout and they are also easier to deal with when you are getting on and off the bike (which is a necessity in CrossCycle®!)
JUICE! I ended the workout with some green juice from Squeeze Juicery. Sometimes after a hard workout I crave more than some water and I like that there is a juice bar in the gym. It’s pricey, but kind of worth it for the freshness and nutrients! It was the perfect end to the morning workout…okay maybe the perfect end was when my coworker brought in the infamous yeast spheres (…this is what he calls donut holes).