Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Biking Does Not Equal Spinning

I learned today that biking is not that similar to spinning. Spinning is a lot harder! I decided to take a spinning class today since I knew that I wouldn't ride outside by myself. It probably didn't help that my thighs were still sore from my workout yesterday. I had no idea it would be as difficult as it was but at least I made it through. Here is why it was so different to me.

The size of the bike wasn't optimal. Clearly they don't make these bikes for people 5 feet and under which is a bunch of bullsh*t. I mean really, I know numerous athletic women that are short so why won't exercise machine companies make some bikes that will suit us??? I lowered the seat ALLLLL the way down and it still wasn't perfect. It need to be about an inch lower to be comfortable.

You don't get to coast! You have to continue spinning the entire time. Sometimes you get to spin at a slower pace but you still have to keep spinning. Geez, I am used to coasting a large part of my rides, LOL, so this was pretty difficult.

Not to mention the instructor kept looking at me when she told us not to bounce. One, I don't even know what she meant by this. Two, LADY, have you seen these hips? They bounce on their own, I have no control over what they do. I just really don't foresee myself taking another spin class because while it was a great workout, it was pretty uncomfortable. Maybe one day they will make spinning bikes for short people.


Paul said...

I don't think they make the bikes for people 6'3" and over either...at least that is what I am going to say so I have an excuse not to do spin classes :-) . I feel the same way as you, spinning is not the same as biking.

Dena said...

I've never taken a spin class and doubt I ever will. Looks waaaay to hard for me. I complain about the 1 minute on the bike my trainer makes me do.

Token Black Chick said...

Ha! That's hilarious. I went to a spinning class once and that was not for me. As the instructor warned me it would be, my butt was super sore for a couple of days(not muscle sore, but pointy seat-jabbing-me sore), and I couldn't even tell whether the bike was adjusted properly or not. And it was EXHAUSTING!

topsail10 said...

you should take a class from Lisa Barefoot. She is in your Triathlon training group. She is the best and I have been doijng spin classes for some time. She teaches at the Bryan Y on Thursdays at 6AM.Some instructors are not bikers. Lisa bikes accross the USA a couple of summers ago. Nice blog