No I can’t take credit for that one. That would be all Caroline.
Today during my lunch hour, I went to the gym to take a spin class with my favorite instructor Caroline.
Seriously, how many instructors start the class with 1995’s greatest hit, “Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze?
You know what I’m talking about. How could this song not get you seriously ready to work out?
You know it’s going to be a great class when she follows it up with “Whoomp There It Is” (yes I had to Google if it was “Whoop”, “Woop”, or “Whomp”). 3 strikes and I’m out.
I will forever associate that song with one of my all-time favorite movies – D2 The Mighty Ducks. Jump to 1:30 to get the full effect of the song.
It’s really just become an early 90’s kinda day for me.
Over the course of 45 minutes, we covered about 14 miles, and my legs are already seriously feeling the burn. Great way to start off the weekend!
New to Spinning?
It’s a GREAT way to get an awesome workout in, work your legs, and burn some serious calories.
“Spinning,” is a group fitness class where you ride a stationary bicycle for exercise. The instructor leads you through a variety of rides. There are hills to climb and sprints to race in. Many times, the ride matches the music, so there will be a mix of fast tempo songs for sprints, and slower tempo songs for the uphill rides. You adjust your own resistance with a knob on your bike.
Your butt gets awfully sore after your first class. The seats are built for performance, not comfort. There’s not a lot you can do to avoid this soreness. You can try wearing padded cycle shorts or bring your own seat cover with you. The good news is that the soreness goes away after a few classes.
Special cycle shoes are available at bike shops. If you think you’re going to be a spinning regular, it’s completely worth it to invest in a pair of cycle shoes. Most of the time, you have to purchase cleats separately and install them onto the shoes. Installation is super easy and only takes a minute.
Read more: 5 Things to Know About Spinning
I left the class seriously parched, and since I wasn’t able to make my protein smoothie this morning (we may or may not have gone through a gallon of milk in 3 days) I was really craving some fresh produce!
I should have known not to ignore my gut when it told me to go with the PB Bomb Smoothie from Fuel Cafe .
Instead, I thought I was doing the “healthy” and “mature” thing by opting for the Ultimate Green.
- Almond Milk
- Green Vibrance
- Dino Kale
- A Touch of Agave
- Organic Medjool Dates (I gagged a little upon seeing this but you can’t taste them, and if you can, apparently I like dates)
- Lamonds (I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be almonds because my Google search pulled up nothing for “lamonds”
- Hemp Protein
- Goji Berries
- Maca Powder (a nutrition packed root vegetable rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals)
- Dark Cacao
Of course not. What do you think this is? Personally I was trying to decide between the Chanel and the Hermes for the gym today too. Really, what’s a girl to do? 😉