I first tried spinning on a cycle…believe it or not…on a cruise ship. I didn’t want to embarrass myself by a) not being able to keep up with the pace or b) somehow having a mishap in front of people I knew at the gym I belonged to at the time.On a cruise ship, I didn’t know a soul, except for my DH. But lo and behold, it was so doable and I immediately fell head over heels in love with the exercise practice.
Since that time I’ve taken many spin classes at many different gyms and locations. And I really do get a rider’s high as opposed to a runner’s high (which I did when I ran before two breaks on two separate occasions of my foot side lined that practice for good).
But nothing beats having my very own spin bike at home. Actually my Sunny bike arrived 4 years ago yesterday from Amazon, and it’s been an on-again/off-again relationship, mostly because I really didn’t have any DVDs of classes in my possession.
In January, the answer arrived when I finally decided to click on the Peloton ad that popped up on Facebook. I’d heard quite a bit about the Peloton bike and the stores that seemed to open up over night with just a showroom of one bike. But since I already had a bike I loved, I knew that all I needed was a vehicle to take classes.
Enter the Peloton app.
I had a two-week free trial and I certainly made up for lost time taking classes. I tried various instructors…Steve Little, Robin Arzon, Cody Rigsby and then, going to fan girl a little here…my favorite, Alex Toussaint. Totally an Alex groupie…love his energy and smile and I find I push myself to the max during his classes. [Although I have to confess that yesterday, I did go outside my norm and took a class with Jennifer Jacobs, and really loved her spirit with great rock music that pushed me in a different direction).
But Peloton is not just about spin classes and rides. There is excellent content in the form of total body strength and weigh training, and beyond the ride stretching. After ever ride, I take 5 to 10 minutes to stretch, and I’ve found that it definitely helps with my flexibility.
And now that Peloton brought Colleen Saidman Yee (yes, she is the wife of yoga guru, Rodney Yee, who I actually took a class with when he came to Clearwater for a fundraiser at Morton Plant Hospital, Yogathon) into the fold.