Forgot How “Ouch” Spinning Could Be

OMG! I am definitely SORE today! Took my first spinning class in months last night and let’s just say that I am wishing more than ever I had a standing desk today. So, let me tell you the story.

First up, here is what our spinning room looks like:

Spinning Room

Love the room. There is also a huge TV screen where the instructor can show videos of paths, trails, etc. if they choose. Our instructor didn’t because she knew most people were either new to spinning or to these bikes and she wanted to get everyone set up and working properly. My mistake? I didn’t realize that the “gear” was almost all the way on when I started pedaling and was immediately sore. I felt something not quite right in my left knee, but made it through the class.

Spinning Room

Also, these bikes lean – they aren’t completely upright. That was another new challenge for me. It is supposed to be more like actually riding a bike outside. This was the first spin class I have taken where we practiced turns. Also added an arm element to the workout.

I made it through the entire class – barely. My legs just didn’t want to work and by 30 minutes in sitting on the seat was incredibly painful. I had trouble getting my heart rate into the correct zone because my legs were like lead and didn’t want to go.

Any tips for getting used to spinning again? And yes, I did wear padded bikes shorts. What little they helped.

Check out the boxing room at the gym – it is almost finished! I am definitely going to get me some PINK boxing gloves and try this room out.

Boxing Room
Boxing Room

Since I am so sore today, I am going to move my circuit training class to Thursday and take the Cardio Aqua class today. Thinking some time in the hot tub and therapy pool will do me a world of good. That is if I get there – we are now expecting 1-2 inches of snow.

How do you recover when you are particularly sore from a workout?

Have a healthy day!


12 Responses to “Forgot How “Ouch” Spinning Could Be”

  1. I know how you feel! I am just getting back into a new routine — which includes swimming — omg were my arms SO sore after 30 minutes of it the otehr day. I take it easy and don’t push too hard and ease back into the exercise!

    • Glenneth

      Mother Nature decided I needed a rest day from the gym and we are now snowed in. Can’t say I am disappointed.

    • Glenneth

      Don’t forget padded bike shorts and possibly bike gloves as well! Enjoy!

    • Glenneth

      I don’t know – having to use a pillow to sit is not really the good ouch. Good ouch would have been my legs being sore. LOL. Definitely going to have to buy pink boxing gloves!

  2. I remember a spinning teacher telling me once that not having enough resistance on the bike can cause the butt pain! I also remember hearing that you just have to go a few more times to get used to it :-/ maybe it’s that first initial hump!

    • Glenneth

      Thanks – I will give that a try. I also know I just need to keep at it to get used to it again. I want to get better so I can ride my own bike during the spring/summer.

  3. Ooff! That sounds like it was a tough class. Do you like the leaning bikes? I tried it and didn’t like it too much. My only tip for getting back into spin is to go at your own pace. I’d say I’m doing my own thing like 25% of the time in class. I know the instructor and riders can sometimes create pressure to keep up, but you have to listen to your body. Careful with that knee!

    • Glenneth

      I am iffy on the leaning bikes. I think I like them, will need to try a couple of more times. I love this instructor (I had her before at a different gym). She is very much about going at your own pace, backing off if needed, and listening to your body. LOVE her. Just gotta get my booty a little more used to the saddle again.

  4. That room looks so neat! I remember my first class, I went as far back as possible lol Now, I cycle on the regular ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Only thing I know is that those ” tender bits” do toughen up with more time on the bike! I have a road bike that leans forward and it puts pressure in certain places- takes some getting used to. When you’re out on the road taking every chance to stand up & coast helps, especially when you see a bump coming up.