First of all, never say “no” before you try it!
From reading my blog you could have gotten the impression, the only sport I do is running. Well to be honest running is what I love and am very passionate about, but I do many other different sports. In past few years I have seen a pattern in swapping some of my running sessions for other sports as the weather got colder and I hate running indoors on a treadmill. Also it is not the same workout as running outside, it is easier, but I am not saying you should stop doing so if you prefer running indoors. It actually is much kinder to your joints, just make sure you have some good incline and speed!
Anyway, both times when I was training for the marathon, part of my training was doing core body exercises ( total abs class) and also attending a spinning class once a week. If you have never been spinning, it really is not just sitting on a bike and spinning the wheels. It looks much easier than it is. In fact if you do it properly and according to your spinning instructor, you will be checking the time on the clock every few minutes. It is definitely one of the most intensive workouts I have ever done!
I love pushing the boundaries, and will never forget the first time I attended a spinning class a few years back. After 10 minutes I felt so sick, I almost threw up. Luckily I did not, but I had to slow down and take it easy, and that is exactly what I suggest to the beginners. As with everything it will take time before you do exactly what your instructor says. Don’t give up after the first lesson. Spinning is a great way how to strengthen muscles not only on your lovely bottom and thighs, but also your calve muscles and you might be able to get your six pack back too!
I tend to go spinning in colder months as to be honest spinning in summer is a killer. I have tried it a few times, but even with air condition in the studio, you sweat like mad. Also doing different sports brings some variety and change to you, and you feel like you are doing something different, not just the same thing. I still go running, but I am slowly getting more into spinning, and swimming will be the next thing. I will be telling you a bit more about this soon, some very exciting news indeed!
My top spinning tips:
If you decide to try a spinning lesson, try a few different instructors. From my experience it was the 3rd person I really clicked with, and have been attending her classes for 4 years now.
Some people suggest wearing the specially designed leggings with padding in your crotch. I hate wearing these, but again that it a personal preference.
One thing I still need to invest in are the proper spinning shoes with clips as often I feel my feet are not that secure in my trainers. Maybe I should ask Father Xmas! These are not cheap, so I would wait to make sure spinning is your cup of tea before buying.
Some people also wear gloves, but I do not find these necessary and do not wear them.
Spinning is a fabulous way how to keep fit, and if you are training for some longer runs, this could be a great addition to your running training, along with swimming.
So have I persuaded you into spinning or are you a spinning pro already?