Put me on a road bike, and I’m fine; for whatever reason, I’ve avoided the SPIN bike for a long as I could. Today, that changed.
A handful of our ambassadors are owners and/or instructors at the Qi gyms around Denver. You could stop by for anything from a personal training session to Spin-Barre to Yoga.
So far, I’ve played it safe and stuck with Alex’s yoga classes. I’ve taken in the “Sweatalicious” (heated Spin + Boot Camp. I know, right?!!)and Spin-Yoga stories, and contemplated the options. I finally showed up, this morning, for a little challenge. Finding the right studio was my first obstacle, then arriving with one minute to spare and having my bike adjusted just in time to get going!
She gave me a few tips, as a Beginner: mimic the “Cat” position in Yoga (tailbone tucked under, lower back rounded/extended, core IN); barely rest on the handles, bend your elbows and bring your knees up as you circle; when we stand/hover, mimic Chataranga. Speak Yoga, and I follow!
Aside from Bikram, I have never come to a sweat so quickly. With the likes of Kanye and the Black Eyed Peas beats’ blasting, our instructor yelling and our muscles screaming in response, it was a heart-pumping half hour. We stood, pushed it for 10, “ran”, used Chataranga to engage our arms and flexed feet to burn the glutes.
Then we rushed off our bikes, removed our shoes/socks, and met at the Barre.
For the next 30 minutes every muscle in my legs, hips and butt were engaged in a way they haven’t been before. By the end of every set my muscles were shaking. Then HOLD? WHOA.
I reverted back to the days of ballet lessons – poise and posture – and found myself hooked. I would say the difficulty level rivaled CrossFit, in its own way, and I have no doubt I’ll be feeling that burn tomorrow.
I came home to a self-instructed 10 minute Yoga session; I was feeling the need for a few Frog attempts, headstands, crows & stretches. Sassy’s 25 Days of Yoga challenge isn’t up yet!
I challenge you to switch it up this week – in light of the Holidays approaching quickly, do something different! Find a burn you’ve never felt before, and enjoy the obstacles to getting somewhere new.