Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Never judge a book by it's cover or it's first time through?

I have taken studio cycling (spinning) only once and I didn't like it much. The first class I took was in a new gym, but with old cycles. The instructor was not outgoing and the workout was just dull - like the room too. Plus, I wasn't dressed properly (yes, padded shorts make a difference). Today, I really had no choice for cardio other cycling/spinning as the class I wanted to take was full, so I signed up for studio cycling and I wasn't looking forward to it.

Boy, what difference this class was. First of all, the bike shorts - no more ouchie nether regions. Second, they had computerized bikes so you were better able to adjust and know what you were doing instead of this knob where you had to guess at what's hard, what's easy. And thirdly, a better instructor - a LOT better. She pushed us, smiled, made jokes and was overall just very pleasant as well being super fit herself.

So, it was good. Still not my favorite class in the whole world, but I would put it up there with Zumba, but not as high as my favorites being bodystep and bodypump. It's good enough though that next time I can't get into my preferred cardio class, I'll look to see if something is available at that gym for studio cycling... which, unfortunately is not tomorrow. My class I want to take is full and there's no studio cycling class offered. That's OK though. I walked through my lawn earlier and it's beginning to resemble a meadow. Lawn mowing will be my slated exercise for tomorrow for sure. Supposedly an hour of mowing burns about as many calories as an hour of aerobics or strength training.

Oh, and another great thing about class today is that I was able to stand up on the bike and pedal when she instructed us to. So, that maybe means those kegels I've been doing are helping? As I had no leaking! Yay! Either that or I was holding my posture differently which is completely possible too. Whatever it was, it made the class more enjoyable all around.

Stats for 9/14/11:

Beginning weight: 255.6  Now: 186.2 (yep a new all time low - 69.2 pounds lost)
Total hours exercised in 2011: 266
Total miles walked in 2011: 774/1000


  1. Abdominal exercises are easy to do and require no equipment and are the most effective types of exercises for achieving flat abs at home.

  2. I don't know what that comment has to do with my post, but I do abdominal exercises 5 time a week - with every strength training class and every bodystep class. I could do it at home, yes, but it's more fun and more likely to get done if it's forced on me as part of a class.