Tuesday, September 15, 2009

To spin or not to spin?

As I mentioned in a previous post, this month I have been working out for a whole year! In a row! That’s a record for me, usually I stop after 6-9 months. Now that Lainey is in preschool I will be able to work out at the Y every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. I also usually workout at home with Jillian at least 2 nights/week.


Did I mention I love Jillian? Oh, and Biggest Loser starts tonight! Woot! Woot! Ok, so I love Bob on the Biggest Loser too, but I’m just wondering, do you think he’s gay? I have no problem if he is, I’ve just always wondered this.


Oh, and I can totally do that Yoga pose he’s doing. Well, not really. But, what if I could? That would be bad ass.

Ok, I need to get back to my point. The problem with my working out at the Y is that I feel like I’m going to soon be bored with my workout. I talked to Chelie, my favorite trainer at the Y and she had lots of suggestions. All of which were group classes. I would love to do Zumba or Step, but I can’t. Why? Because I don’t want to look like a moron.

This of course is silly because I actually used to be a cheerleader, and that clearly involves being in front of a lot of people. I have nightmares of cheerleading though. At one Varsity basketball game when I was a senior the entire student section was quacking at me. I’m serious. Stop laughing, this is very true. I have witnesses, several in fact. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, they were quacking at me because someone said I walked like a duck.


So, I googled duck to find a duck image and this is one that came up. I can’t stop laughing, this post is officially completely out of control.

Seriously, back to my point. In an attempt to not make a fool out of myself in a Zumba or Step class, Chelie suggested I try spinning.


Now, in theory, this is a good idea. Except, I have been to a spin class, and it was a disaster. So, here is what this entire post has been leading up to. Shawn and I first joined the Y, I think 3 years ago. It was my bright idea to go to a Spin class our first week there. Mind you, we were both a lot little out of shape.

Picture this:

We get there, pick our bikes, and wait for class to start. The devil teacher comes in, turns down the lights, and starts the crazy loud music. Oh, and don’t worry he was wearing a microphone headset so he could yell at you over the music and tell you what a fat loser you were. I start pedaling, thinking this isn’t so bad. Then, he yells to turn the knob on your bike tighter, thus increasing the resistance. I turn it. A minute or so later he says to turn it again. Well, 5 minutes into it my knob is already completely tightened, but I’m still trying to keep up because there was a morbidly obese woman in front of me who was still pedaling her enlarged heart out. This class was 45 minutes long, so I knew another 5 minutes like this and I would be picking out my casket. Then, this happens: random girl opens the door and asks for Shawn or Tami. What? Thank you Jesus! Lainey was crying in the Kidszone and they needed one of us. Shawn tried to get off his bike, but I insisted that I be the one to tend to our child in distress. Sweet relief!

When Shawn came out of hell 45 minutes later he asked me why I didn’t stay since I was the one who wanted to do the spin class anyway? I told him there was no way I could have done it with the resistance being that high at only 5 minutes in. Then he says this:

“Didn’t you loosen the knob at the beginning of the class?”

WHAT? How could I have missed that? I swear Hitler the teacher never said that.

So, back to my original question…after all that do I really want to try spinning again?

Oh, and as a side note, I did tell Chelie this story when she suggested spinning. She laughed her ass off.


Hillary said...

I HATE spinning! I think it's cruel and whoever invented it was probably a cutter as an adolescent. I do however love classes (am very interested in Zumba) and don't really care if I look like a fool. Chances are you are in WAY better shape then 85% of the people there, and it might make them feel better about themselves if they see the skinny girl struggling. Consider it charity.

I heart Bob too, even though i think he is gay. Yeah for B.L. tonight!!

Jen said...

Ok, this post had me laughing my ass off. You are too funny!! Your spinning story was GREAT, just GREAT!!

God, I got that Shred DVD when I first started working out again back in April. Thought it would be oh so easy. WRONG!! I was so sore after doing it. I have since given the DVD to a friend and instead just go to the gym.

Maybe since we both work out everyday we could trade exercises. I usually switch mine up every other week or so, so I don't get bored.

For the spinning class, I would say NO! But then again that's just me. I did a spinning class once and hated it. But again that's just me.

However, I did do a Zumba class once and LOVED it!

Have fun working out!

edahlstrom said...

I totally 'ditto' hillary!! no one will 'quack' at you in zumba--i promise!!! and seriously... EVERYONE in there is worried about looking stupid...nobody is watching anyone else--except the instructor!!! Seriously, it is the most fun class in the world and you burn a ton of calories by sweating your butt off as you dance like a hot latino!! :) sweet, right?!!!

Stephanie said...

A: Your blogs are the highlight of my life right now :)

B: Yes, Bob is gay and amazing

C: Hell to the No on Spinning

D: I would join a class but I have never joined Zumba. Although, I see your point. As so many people confuse your race, they may assume you are a Latina and judge your skills based on that. But, those are the ugly girls - so no worries :) Seriously, just poking fun. I think you will like Zumba and I'm sure you will be fantastic!

Christa said...

How do you like Jillian's 30 Day Shred video? I may have to give it a try! I want something that is going to work!

I tried a Zumba class at the YMCA like a year ago..it was a lot of fun! You should try it!

AND I hate spinning classes! That seat is soo uncomfortable!!

RN Mama said...

Hillary, so that's one vote against spinning? And, one vote on Bob being gay. Oh, and I don't want to be the charity case...plus the Rockford mommy's are hardcore, I don't think they'd care if I was struggling.

Jen, you're right the Shred DVD is seriously hard, but worth it! And, now two votes against spinning.

Elizabeth, of course I knew you'd vote for Zumba! So, how about you drive your skinny ass over here and I will take you to the Zumba at the Y, then I will be less self conscious.

Stephanie, your arm is the hightlight of my life right now...ha! Just jokers:) And that's 2 votes for Bob being gay and 3 against spinning. You're right though about my ethnicity coming into play if I go to Zumba. Shit, I never thought about that. I gotta represent for the sistas!

RN Mama said...

Christa, I have NEVER met anyone who didn't say the Shred video was hard core...it's so worth it, in my opinion. I'm in pretty good shape, and I'm still sweating buckets at the end of the workout!

Oh, and 4 votes against spinning? Hmmmm...

Laura and Ryan said...

I WILL NOT do spinning. OMG...I walk by that class at the gym and it is exactly as you described. A yelling teacher and pitch black room with a disco ball. My own personal hell...

Amber said...

Spinning is the DEVIL!!!

Zumba is SOOOO much fun and I am about the most uncoordinated person on the planet! I'm finding that I'm actually learning to get my groove on! I wish we could go together, 1:00 tomorrow:)

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