What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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So yesterday I took the first step in my second goal for the summer. I went to Good Friends Group Fitness and signed up to use my 1-week Living Social deal. This deal is for a week of unlimited classes, and the next class they had available was a spinning class. I have never done spinning before, and I know I need to do a mix of cardio, strength training, and flexibility, so I went ahead and gave it a shot.

Spinning is really, really painful and difficult! Everyone said you get used to the seats on the bikes, but I feel like I have a million bruises on my rear end. I also recognized fairly early in the class that I did not have the stamina to do the whole class full out. Instead of 80-110 rpm, I was going more like 60, and on the inclines where we were supposed to be going 60, I was going closer to 40. And when I came close to throwing up, I realized it was time to back off. So I did, and that made it better, but I was still counting the minutes till the end of the class. This shouldn’t be taken as a negative review of the class–I feel like the instructor was great, and she took a lot of time at the beginning of the class to make sure that the bike was set up correctly for me (even though I wasn’t taking the beginning spin class), but I don’t know if it’s for me.

I should probably describe my fitness history–I don’t do gyms. I’ve taken dance classes since I was 3 years old (with a break now and again–I danced all through elementary, middle, and high school, then did it sporadically in college, then not at all for the first year and a half I lived in Tallahassee, then began again in spring 2009). Dancing is the only form of exercise I really and truly enjoy, but at this point in my life, one or two hours a week is not enough to keep me in decent shape–as evidenced by the weight I’ve gained in the past three years. I’m hoping that taking classes will help to keep me motivated.

So this morning I took a Body Sculpt class, which was mostly about strength training. I actually really enjoyed it–I was using lighter weights, but I definitely could do the vast majority of the class and felt like it was a great workout. I was spent afterwards, but not destroyed as I was with the spinning class. I would absolutely take this class again.

Over the next week I want to take yoga and BodyJam at least, but I don’t know how much I’m going to be able to fit in, because the daytime classes are primarily on Monday and Wednesday, and next week I’m starting my summer job–I’m teaching math at a summer pre-college institute here in town, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Oops. But I also have a month at GroupFit Studio and a month of unlimited boot camp classes, plus dance class, water aerobics, and I’m hoping to start going to Zumba. So I’m definitely getting my group fitness fill this summer! I just hope I take advantage of all of it.

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