I once took a spin class, a single spin class, and never went back. Why? Because I was sore, everywhere, and felt completely out of my element. Here I was in this class with all these uber cyclists, skilfully moving about on their spin bikes likes they were born with them, and here I was, terribly out of breath and barely able to hold on. So, I went to my one spin cycle class in Burnaby and quit.
Months later, I was catching up with a friend I had not seen in ages, and she looked phenomenal. No only had she lost a few pounds, but she was literally glowing with health and vitality. I almost wanted to keep my sunglasses on. So obviously I asked her what her secret was, hoping that it involved wine and Netflix. Well, it involved neither of those, rather she had taken up spinning and made a few changes to her diet, nothing drastic, and that was it.
The next week, this same friend asked me to join her for a spin class, and I thought, what the heck, and went. The first thing I noticed this time around was not all the cycle pros, but all the others who looked just like me, a little unsure and a little out of practice, but still so totally confident and indifferent to everyone else around them. This was their time, their spin class, and they were going to do it on their terms.
Once I stopped caring about measuring myself against others in the class, I found my pace and actually really enjoyed the class. Yes, I was sore (so sore), but I also felt refreshed and invigorated. Not only that, I was proud of myself for taking the time to do something for my health and my body, and that feeling was so rewarding.
So I once again signed up for spin cycle class in Burnaby, and it was hard, and some days I really didn’t feel like strapping into my cycle shoes and giving 110%. But I always seemed to manage to get my butt into that seat.
It’s months later now, and I am looking and feeling better. I no longer struggle to keep up with the instructor, and I find myself pushing harder and harder each time I spin. Yes that class is still challenging, and yes, sometimes by body hurts, but I’ve proven to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to, and that’s the best feeling ever.