Fitness & Exercise
Spinning - An Exercise Class Even I (and Katie Couric) Can Do!
In the realm of athletics I am challenged - in both coordination and motivation. When I attended BlogHer’12 this summer and heard Katie Couric describe herself as “lazy” (regarding exercise) yet willing to ride a stationary bike in a spinning class, I began to wonder if this might be a good workout for me since I’m a little lazy, too.
As if the gym gods were sending me a message, I picked up More magazine’s September issue and found an article on spinning inside. I read about SoulCycle, a small but growing chain of spinning studios that happen to be Katie’s choice. Founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler created their company in 2006. “Spinning a business out of nothing,” they entered into a strategic partnership with the Equinox sports-club company and expect to increase their studio count to 50-60 locations by 2015.
Sure, enough, a Google search turned up a choice of locations for me but still I was reluctant. I had to face my fear that I might be the lone ugly (and older) duckling in a room of spandex swans. The feeling of walking into a gym where everyone seems to be fit, already, not to mention younger, is not a happy one. Plus, the class I found offered spinning classes in a darkened room. Would I be able to find my assigned bike? Was it possible to fall off or embarrass myself in any other way? Despite Katie’s enthusiasm, I wondered if I was cut out for spinning.
Fortunately, after attending one class, I understand why Katie gave it thumbs up with her incredibly toned arms. Here is what I discovered about spinning in general:
1. I felt like I belonged - I was not alone in age, gender or apparent fitness level.
2. It is tailored to my ability - a twist of the knob, changing resistance levels on the bike, keeping me going at a pace I could endure.
3. Boredom prevention - it is relatively easy to stay motivated for the 45-minute class.
4. No prerequisites - there is no call for eye-hand coordination or knowledge of dance steps.
5. It is fun - has to be or the probability of my returning is zero.
As the class wound down, I realized that in addition to getting a good, sweaty cardio workout, I was reminded of a younger me, when exercising in a darkened room, music at full blast, meant a lively night of dancing. I can’t wait to go spinning and time traveling again.