OK, all you spinners. I don't know how you do it. I consider myself fairly in shape, but spinning? It's pretty hardcore. When I was looking at the classes our YMCA offered, I was, quite honestly, looking for "pretty easy." On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the hardest), I thought a class that was a 4 would do the job. I wanted a workout but I didn't want to be in extreme pain afterwards.
Believe it or not, I am one of those people who actually doesn't mind working out. Having done gymnastics most of my life, I'm used to physical activity, but gymnastics is so much different than going to the gym and riding a bike for half an hour. I learned that pretty quickly in college. Gymnastics was fun! We got to flip, jump and dance for three hours. Pedaling a stationary bike on the other hand was not quite the same.
But I did it. In college, I made that kind of working out a priority because I knew I wouldn't always do gymnastics. And once it became a habit, I didn't mind it! It was still a release, even if I wasn't flipping.
Still though, I generally do no more than 30 minutes of cardio (on a good day!) so spinning for 50 minutes sounded pretty intense. And it was. My lovely friend Branden, who agreed to accompany me to the class, can attest to that. But guess what? I've gone back three times! And THAT'S what my 101 list is all about. Getting out of my box and creating new, better habits that will hopefully stick.
That being said, I'm still jealous of you hardcore spinners who sit in the front row and pedal faster on FULL resistance than I can on, uh, ZERO. Maybe one day ...