Find Your Flow
“Spinning” even just by name can intimidate those that have never stepped foot in a class. Between misinformation and myths, everyone has a right to fear such an activity but we are here to stop the rumors and shed light on the mystery of Spinning. Let’s take a brief moment to walk through some vital information that you need to know before booking your first class.
At Flow Spin, we offer a beginner class for anyone that does not feel comfortable jumping into our traditional classes on their first visit. While we are confident that almost all riders can tackle a traditional class successfully, the beginner class will offer some helpful information that eases the mind and builds confidence. This class is currently held the first and third Monday of every month and is limited to ten riders (always check our schedule to verify the dates).
So, what do we teach in the beginner class? For starters, you will learn how the studio operates and get the lay of the land. You will learn what to bring to each class (this one is no secret – a water and a great attitude). You’ll learn technique to keep you safe and injury free and you will see just how these bikes work. You will learn basics such as hand positions and correct form. You will also be encouraged to test your own abilities with speed, standing/out of the saddle work and endurance so that you know just how far to push yourself in class. Your instructor will encourage you to think about goals and your level of commitment to your health/fitness. Finally, you will learn exactly how to modify movements in order to ease into the skills and build strength/endurance at a safe pace.
Most first time riders are overly concerned with putting their hands in the correct spot, being able to pedal quickly and just simply keeping up with the rider next to them.
The most common phrase we hear is, “I just don’t want to die.” We have some reassuring news for you. No one has EVER died in class! We are confident you won’t either! :)
However, we believe how much you enjoy your first ride hinges on ONE THING: eliminating the attitude of comparison. Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”?
Well, we like to think there is a whole freaking lot of JOY at Flow. Joy oozes of our front door, as a matter of fact. We like it that way. It is contagious. We want riders to leave feeling encouraged, challenged, supported and strong. So, we eliminate that thief we call comparison. Here is another little secret… On every spin bike there is a little knob that controls resistance.
The knob is turned clockwise to make your hill steeper and counter-clockwise to alleviate the resistance/hill. Guess how many people in the entire spin studio know how much resistance you have added on or taken off? Yup. That’s right. Just one person: YOU. This is YOUR ride, your challenge, your time and your workout. You Flow as hard or as light as you like, not as hard or as light as the rider next to you in class. Of course, we encourage you to push your limits and to work hard. We will support you and celebrate your progress. But this is your ride and that is the biggest myth regarding Spinning. Dispelling that myth tends to produce quite a breakthrough with riders and we hope it is an “AH HA!” moment for you, too.
We’d love to see you soon so you can experience this joy we speak of and decide, for yourself, if Flow is the place for you. Sometimes what we think we need to know ends up secondary to what is really important...
In this case, and in life, rid yourself of the urge to compare and Hustle & Flow to the tune of your own beat!
About the Author: Lacey SondereggerLacey is a spin-a-holic, university communication instructor, mother of two, wife, and friend to everyone. She is passionate about creating lasting relationships in everything she does and helping others find enjoyment in Spinning!