No, my spin class is not held in the middle of the night. Let me explain.
After months of saying I was going to get back to spin class, I finally bit the bullet and went. Alarm was off at 5am and I was up, fed and out the door by 530. This was my first time taking spin at this L.A. Fitness; the one I went to prior to moving had a spin class that was never full so I was shocked to see only 3 empty bikes when I got to class, which was five minutes early. I found a bike in the back corner and got set up. The seat was broke. I moved to the only other open bike, which was crammed even further in the corner and got on just in time for class to start.
Then I entered the twilight zone…
- The instructor was overweight. And I don’t mean a few pounds. I don’t even mean heavy. I mean, her BMI is likely to place her in the obese category. Of course I was a little surprised by this, but figured she was legit since the class was packed- I mean, no one is going to go to a 545am class if it sucks.
- The instructor kept getting off the bike. This is without a doubt the oddest thing I have ever witnessed at a spin class. Now I have to assume that she herself cannot complete the entire class, but still…I would think she would at least stay on the bike. Seriously, every 4 or 5 minutes, she would get off the bike and walk around in between the bikes cheering on the class.
- And by cheering I mean screaming. This woman was loud with a capital L!
- And she made us do countdowns for everything- 10-9-8-7…you get the idea. And there was this old guy who needed to be louder than everyone, including the instructor and not only was it annoying, it was downright creeping me out.
When we got back into the locker room, a bunch of the ladies from class were talking about how great the class was…and one asked if I as new. I explained that I was new to this class but not to spinning. They asked me what I thought- I wasn’t as honest as I was in the bullets above, but I did mention that I thought it was odd that she got off the bike. Every single one of them agreed that they thought the same thing when they first took the class but they all came back because there is just something about her that makes the class good. And they are right. And her weight had nothing to do with her ability to give people a good workout. I can’t even pinpoint what made it so great because I seriously felt like I was in the twilight zone the entire time and at times I was downright annoyed. But I broke a major sweat, felt totally energized and ready for the day when it was over and had the urge to go back.
So even if it is a little weird…and not quite what I have ever experienced before…I will be going back. I’ll need to get there earlier so I can get a bike that isn’t in the corner without air circulation and I might need some earplugs to drown out the loud countdowns and creepy dude, but it looks like spin class on Tuesdays is a sure thing!
What is the weirdest experience you ever had with a class?