My First 2 Spin Classes!!!

WOOOOO HOOOOOOO! As I write this, I am so sore in just about every inch of my body which has never happened to me from spin class! After being really sick after Thanksgiving, a.k.a my 2nd cold already and it wasn’t even December, I didn’t work out all weekend and was getting really nervous with my first spin classes looming over me Tuesday. I was still really sick Monday so I stayed home from work, went to the urgent care clinic and got some medicine for a minor sinus infection and also left with a prescription for an inhaler and medicated nasal spray. According to the doctor after I described my symptoms that have been on-going for a year now plus years before that seasonally, I have extreme allergies that need to be treated with more than just the occasional Zyrtec. Anyways, I had listened to my planned playlist over and over and over and wrote down the ques but of course 3 days without being on the actual bike and I needed my fix. I went down to the 24 Hour Fitness in Soho and took the 6:00 PM spin class, mostly for peace of mind that I hadn’t lost all fitness in 3 days 😉 You know that you know that feeling.

It hurt. It was so hard and even extra hard because I was sick. But as usual, I felt amazing afterwards!

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(I also ran a 1 mile warm-up on the treadmill before class)

Usually when I’m sick my appetite is insane, this time it’s been absent and my stomach had been hurting. All from nerves, I’m sure. I made sure to refuel and also fuel for the next day’s intense classes!

italian roll w/ avocado, 3 egg whites w/ jalapenos, small sweet potato w/ goat cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder + dijon mustard! TRY THIS COMBO!
italian roll w/ avocado, 3 egg whites w/ jalapenos, small sweet potato w/ goat cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder + dijon mustard! TRY THIS COMBO!

Oops I also forgot to add turkey bacon in that description. I love bacon.

I got a good night of sleep and woke up yesterday ready to rock. I listened to my playlist and yelled out my ques in my room (my neighbors now think I am hosting a spin class in my room I’m sure) while drinking coffee. Lots of coffee. I choked down some oatmeal and got down to the gym almost an hour early to make sure EVERYTHING was going to run smoothly! I can’t get over how friendly and welcoming everyone at 24 Hour Fitness is. I love it there already!

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Rumor had it I was subbing for a VERY popular instructor, and I loved how everyone came in kinda upset that he wasn’t there. I assured them I would make them sweat and groove, no worries 😉 And I did just that. I felt 100% natural up there and LOOOOOOVED watching people sweat, sing along, and look so determined! The 12:30 class had amazing energy and is a time slot I would really love to teach regularly. I forgot to snap a picture of my heart rate monitor for my first class, but thanks to nerves and trying to keep up intensity with the class, I burned a record 679 CALORIES in 57 minutes total of class! My best friend in the universe, you know her by now ;-),Brenda was amazing enough to schedule her clients around coming to my first class! I could not ask for a better friend. It made me a lot less nervous having her there! Afterwards we went to Subway to refuel. Yes.

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I ended up having just enough time to get back to my apartment, take a quick shower, and make this yogurt bowl to eat on the train back to the gym. This is right about when exhaustion hit me first. Good exhaustion, though!

strawberry Chobani, Kashi Go Lean twigs, sliced banana + PB
strawberry Chobani, Kashi Go Lean twigs, sliced banana + PB

I arrived 25 minutes early which is seriously ideal. I hope I am never rushing to classes but I know that will happen sometime! I foam rolled the crap out of my quads that were on fire from Monday nights class + my previous class, and was greeted with some of the members telling me I better be as good as the guy I was subbing for! Haha talk about pressure! I loved it though and was confident I would give them a great workout with music they would love.

And an hour later, I did just that. Just like my first class, everyone said they loved my music and got a great workout in! I saw lots of people dropping like flies after back-to-back jumps and sprints. So proud!

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I. Was. Fried. In the best way possible! 🙂

Famished and exhausted, John scooped me up and took me to get celebratory pizza because when isn’t eating pizza a good idea?! Knowing we wanted to get custard at Shake Shack after, we tried a new-to-us pizza place in Hell’s Kitchen right near SS, called Don Giovanni’s. The pizza was fantastic, and I don’t even think it was just because I was in a 1,275 calorie deficit! It came out cheesier than I expected, but I ate it anyway. YOLO.

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Eggnog custard with little crispies on top.

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Insert me collapsing into bed and not even making it through 1 episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Best sleep I’ve gotten in a LONG time!

My entire body, even my upper body, is so sore today and I am physically drained. It feels so, so good to do something that has meaning to it and that brings other people happiness and endorphins!

Here is the playlist I used for both classes and will use for my 6:00 class on Friday night. I’m not sure when my next class will be after that but I will have a new playlist for whenever that is! Also, computer savvy people- how do you post a playlist from Spotify? I tried to print screen it, crop it in Paint, copy it to Word, then email it to myself and it didn’t work. I am not good with computer programs apparently even after using them for the last almost 15 years.

Britney Spears- Work Bitch (warm-up)

Jennifer Lopez- Get Right (moderate hill, climb in saddle then climb in position 3 for each chorus)

Drake- Hold On, We’re Going Home (stay in position 3 from previous song, work up to heavy hill sitting in the saddle for each chorus. Push the pace on the hill the last chorus)

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams- Get Lucky (seated flat, 4 count jumps on each chorus)

Rihanna- Jump (add on resistance, run in position 2 and sprint in position 3 for each chorus which will be 25 seconds x 3)

Macklemore- Can’t Hold Us (seated FAST flat pyramid- first 1:20, then 40 seconds, then 25), run/recover in position 2 for each chorus)

Rihanna feat. Jay-Z- Talk That Talk (stay in saddle for whole song for heavy climb. Add on resistance at the beginning of each chorus)

MGMT- Kids (take off some resistance to pick up the pace, push on each chorus 80% of your maximum which ends up being 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds last push)

Usher- Scream- (seated FAST flat, 3 x 25 second sprints on each chorus) My favorite song to sprint to!!!

Black Eyed Peas- Pump It (add a bit of resistance to run to the beat, then tapbacks on each chorus. You come up to position 3 and stick your hips back for 1 count, then stand up for 1 count, repeat)

Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake- Holy Grail (moderate to heavy hill depending on where your legs are at, climb to Justin’s part and run as fast as you can with resistance during Jay-Z’s parts. Use Justin’s parts as recovery!)

Miley Cyrus- Wrecking Ball (heavy, heavy climb in position 3 until last chorus- sit in saddle and push with all the effort you have left!)

Drake feat. Rihanna- Take Care (cool-down)



Let me know what you think of that playlist! 🙂