Feeling like a little wimpy octopus, unable to control all my limbs, I was pleased that the room was dark with only the light of the disco balls (yes, disco balls!!!) to reveal my unique technique on the bike. But I was not so pleased we were only a few minutes into the class. My legs just couldn't take any more!
But then something magical happened. We picked up the weights rested on our bikes and began the upper-body section of the workout. And my little legs...they kept on spinning! Concentrating on inflicting pain on another part of my body seemed to be the perfect distraction to keep my legs moving. It was of course helped by the enthusiasm of Tara, the instructor – it's hard not to give someone your all when they're giving you theirs.
We alternated between upper-body and sprint intervals for the rest of the class, until the glorious moment we could get off for a stretch. Happily I wasn't stuck to the pedals as I initially feared – it turns out you just twist your feet and they pop off – but by then the feelings of wanting to run away were long gone. I'd survived and actually loved my first spin class! I shall return, just so long as they don't mind my whimpering.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
The Trouble with Cycling: Boom! Spin Class with Chobani
Everyone is stood on the pedals and powering up for another 30 seconds of sprinting in this ultra-cool underground sweat box. My butt, however, is glued to the saddle. Legs quivering. I tried standing up but my legs crumpled under the effort. How are these people doing this?!
I was peer pressured into the front row in my very first spin class at BOOM, my feet are clipped onto the pedals with bizarre shoes and I have no idea how to get them off. Running away is not an option! Instead, I settle for my own version of the stood-up sprint intervals – sat on my arse pedalling as hard as I could whilst trying to keep my whimpering quieter than the live DJ.
Posted by Jen Slater