I did a spin class yesterday, which was my challenge to myself for April. A few thoughts:
- If I’ve come to a point at which taking one class over the course of the month is my only challenge, perhaps I need to push myself a leeeetle harder.
- Those seats never do get more comfortable.
- My legs were burned after 40 minutes, but my heart rate never got above 131. Running pushes it up into more of the 150 range, which is ~75% of my max heart rate. Calorie burn was about the same. What does that mean?
The guy teaching the class could not have been nicer. It was the intro class, so very basic with an emphasis on getting used to the various settings and types of exercises.
I feel badly, because I know I wasn’t giving good body language during the class, and after, he asked what I thought. I told him the truth: I enjoyed it, was puzzled that I was having such a hard time getting my heart rate up, and that I wondered if there was a class on the schedule at any point which featured grown folks’ music.
Yes, I actually asked for grown folks’ music.
I told him I’ve made it to 41 without having to listen to a complete Lady Gaga song (relax – I’ve listened to tons of Madonna songs the whole way through, which I think should count for something here), and didn’t understand how anyone could operate a spin class without at least one James Brown song on the play list. Or at least something with a beat that doesn’t come from a drum machine.
Also, now I know that Train is to blame for that annoyingly catchy song that name-checks Mr. Mister.
I may have to create my own spin play list and see if I can push my heart rate up on my own. I wish gyms would let members use the sound systems in the studios when classes weren’t scheduled. I’ll have to look into it.
I don’t think the music is the only reason I’m grouchy. I’m stuck right at 75 pounds lost. Now, all things being equal, that’s a not bad place to be stuck, but I’d like to break on through this plateau, and the only way that is going to happen is if I stop saying I want to do it and start doing it. No chocolate snacking, no bread at every opportunity.