I did it. I actually woke up in time to make it to the two group exercise classes that I wanted to try out this morning! (Granted, I had approximately 20 seconds to get ready and blasted through the door of the gym about one minute before the class began, but those are all very minor details. 😛
The first class I took was a shortened RPM (aka Spinning, Les Mills style) class.
The first spinning class I ever took was an hour and fifteen minutes long which was WAY too long, I liked that this one was just half of the typical length. Additionally, the class used the official RPM stationary bikes rather than the typical exercise bikes you see at the gym.
I never really know what to do on cardio machines at the gym other than the treadmill (and if you read my post from a few nights ago, apparently I don’t even know what to do with those sometimes. 😛 ) So I definitely liked that this was an organized biking workout.
However, I wasn’t crazy about the class overall and I don’t know if I would make it a point to go again. First of all, I really didn’t like the “dial” on the bike. This is how you change the resistance, but instead of a spinning class that will tell you exactly where to set your numbers throughout the whole workout, the Les Mills style of biking is “TURN IT TO THE RIGHT!” So you kind of just hope that you’re adjusting your dial correctly. I think I got quite mixed up and I was never really sure I was doing the right thing. Also, the music tracks for the class were set by the company and were not particularly motivating. It was playing very, very loudly, but that doesn’t mean the jams are good workout ones.
The second snafu was definitely circumstantial. The class itself certainly can’t be blamed for this. I was torn between sitting in the first line of bikes in CLEAR view of the instructor and in the back row where someone could theoretically sit in front of me. Since we were about twenty seconds away from the start of class and there were still over half of the bikes available, I decided to sit in the back row. No one would sit in front of me with so many other non-invasive options, right?!
About three minutes into class, a very, very tall man with very, very long hair sat on the bike DIRECTLY in front of me. Not only could I no longer see the instructor, but he also frequently flipped his hair to his back and (ZERO EXAGGERATION), it almost hit me in the face every. single. time. Should I decide to ever go again, I’ll be SURE to sit in the front row. No question about that one! I am sure that it probably takes a couple of classes to get used to everything (including the bike operation), so maybe I’ll give it another shot. We will see.
Next, I made my way to a conditioning class which I LOVED. It was about an hour long, but the time flew by. The instructor hit on just about every muscle group and worked it for just long enough to feel the burn, but without making me feel like I wanted to die! The equipment used was very basic– two sets of dumbbells, a mat and a resistance band. I had never used a resistance band before, but I really liked it. Although the one that I chose I found out was quite light– next time I’d definitely pick a different one. I didn’t realize that they were color-coded (or I should say, I didn’t realize what the different colors meant.) The instructor also had the perfect level of energy. I’m not a big fan of the screaming, overly excited ones. My favorite group exercise instructor I’ve ever had was definitely my sensei who was motivating and supportive and funny, but not over the top in any way.
After a jam-packed morning at the gym, I headed home for breakfast which was easy and delicious.
Don’t forget the most important part!
And now, I’m rearing and ready to go. Time to run some random errands, hit up the personal training session, (Is it possible to fit an entire week’s worth of exercise into one day?) and head out to see the lovely Miss Chloe for dinner tonight!
Please do come back later to read about the PT session!