Spinning--fun or mind numblingly boring?

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Spinning--fun or mind numblingly boring?
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Tue, 12-01-2009 - 1:04pm
So, which is it?





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Tue, 12-01-2009 - 5:44pm

I haven't tried spinning yet. I heard a few ladies talking about the class in the gym last Sunday. They said it was super hard and discussed what they liked and disliked about the two different instructors.
I am curious though because I LOVE biking and I can go for hours! but I love doing that outdoors and actually getting from point A to B and enjoying the natural scenery at the same time.
I have a mountain bike and there are a lot of nice trails where I live so I have a lot of fun riding around on those there's one that I can even take to get to and from work.
I guess the only way to find out is to try a class. What do they usually do? Talk you through it? I really have no idea what to expect.

Nathalie

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Tue, 12-01-2009 - 7:12pm

What I like about spin is the way everyone's legs look.

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Tue, 12-01-2009 - 10:19pm
I used to get a great workout from spinning but something about all that big motivational talk that I normally save for epic long runs being said about STATIONARY BIKING makes me want to leave.




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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 7:37am
My sister loves outdoor cycling but hates indoor. She said it all seems so pointless.





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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 7:39am
It can be sooo mindnumblingly boring!





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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 7:41am
I think that's one reason I don't like the Tuesday class. The instructor makes it seem like it's the HARDEST thing in the world and I'm barely breaking a sweat.





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Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 12-02-2009 - 7:42am
I don't spin anymore ('cause it's not really convenient) but I used to love it. For me, it was about the music. There was one instructor who had great energy levels and played the type of music I like (my favorite). There was another instructor who also played the kind of music I liked but it was difficult to hear her (her voice didn't carry well - second favorite). There was a third instructor who was great but I struggled in her classes because the music wasn't upbeat enough for me (third favorite).
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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 7:49am
The music makes all the difference. I went to a class once where the instructor played lame80's music, like Almost Paradise from Footloose.





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Registered: 07-09-2008
Wed, 12-02-2009 - 9:39am
One instructor did visualization of having "luggage" (e.g., emotional baggage of a specific sort) that you were towing up a hill with high resistance, and then leaving it behind with higher cadence/less resistance on the way down the hill.
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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 9:55am
Kimberly Spreen did that in a kickboxing class--you grabbed something over your shoulder and threw it to the ground. She said it was all the emotional baggage you have that you're smashing into the ground.





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