Should I hate spinning?

I have a bike that has been tethered to my porch since I moved down here, mostly because I’m too scared to ride it anywhere near where I live (roads are too busy) and I can’t fit it in my car to take it somewhere safer, so I thought I’d give spinning classes a try.  I’ve heard such good things about spinning.  People love spinning.  I feel like I should like spinning too.  But five minutes into each class I’d rather be stabbing myself in the thighs with a butter knife than sitting on that bike.  I’ve made myself go quite a few times since I joined the YMCA in October and each time I go it’s the same feeling of “OMG when is this going to be done???”, but I can’t tell if it’s because I genuinely don’t like it or if it’s because it’s hard.  I feel like I push myself too hard in those classes and I exhaust myself in the first 10 minutes, but I can’t slow down!  And it doesn’t help that they keep telling me to crank the dial up!  I see people spinning the dial a full turn for each increase, but even a quarter of an inch is torture for me.  Today I was backing off a bit because I felt like my legs were going to spontaneously combust and the instructor came over and cranked my dial a good 5 or 6 times.  OUUUUUCCCCHHHHH!  I hated him but loved him at the same time for doing that.  (He did give me a hug at the end of class for getting through it… ❤ ❤ )

I tell myself that if I keep going I’ll learn to like it and that it’ll be easier.  I think I’m too stubborn to not go because I don’t want to feel like I’m letting myself down, but at the same time I really think I might not like cycling.  I don’t know what to think of it.  I suppose that I’ll continue to make myself go to spinning classes, maybe more than once or twice a month, so I can actually build up the muscle and endurance to make some headway so that perhaps I can start enjoying myself instead of cursing the bicycle simply for existing.  One thing is for sure though…I NEVER felt this much hatred for a treadmill.  : )

Did you ever have a form of exercise that you hated?  Did you keep trying and discovered you liked it?  Or did you keep trying and realized you hated it as much as you did in the beginning?



Filed under Spinning, Working out that's not running

2 responses to “Should I hate spinning?

  1. isabelle31

    Somewhat off-topic, but you can get some gear that enables you to ride your bike indoors like a stationary bike. Some models just allow you to clip the wheels in and “ride,” while others (like one my husband has) have you actually riding on moving casters. If that’s something that interests you, look into it. That way you can untether your poor bike and find an enjoyable form of riding that isn’t as torturous as spinning class. I’ve never been brave enough to try that, and I’m impressed with those who have, including you.

    • Thanks for the suggestions! Unfortunately I live in a tiny apartment that doesn’t have room for anything like that, but it’s definitely something to look at for the future! In the meantime, I think I need to save up for a bike rack so I can take it out to the parks where it’s much safer to ride. : )

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