Oof. I’m still smarting from a spinning workout on the weekend. When I sit down, I’m never quite sure that I’m going to stand up again. I’m glowing, too, the way you do after a great workout.
I had no photographer to record it for posterity so here’s me on a completely unrelated, much easier cruise through Berlin.
Because the post-workout pain/glow came from a solo workout rather than a class, you can experience it, too.
It’s from Motion Traxx, a fitness music podcast from Deekron, The Fitness DJ. Let me rephrase, that’s a free fitness music podcast.
Based on plenty of glowing reviews, I decided to check out a coached cycling podcast from Gregg Cook, a popular spin instructor at NYC’s Equinox. I’ve heard he’s amazing so on Sunday, my iPod, Gregg and I hit the gym.
Gregg — we’re on a first name basis although he’s never heard of me — tells you to imagine you’re out for an afternoon road ride with a group of 16 cyclist friends. Everyone’s fit and competitive. There’s no March snow in this dreamed-up world.
He leads you over three tough hills as you take on challenges from other riders. At one point, I was pushing my way the top of a steep, steep hill, standing out of my seat, breathing like a horse on the last stretch of the Kentucky Derby, struggling desperately to stay ahead of another rider.
Then, I suddenly remembered I was at the gym, the other rider was imaginary and I looked crazy.
All in all, a great workout, notwithstanding my pride.
Everything is timed to music, so when Gregg tells you — shouts at you — to push, push, push at 110 RPM, you have an appropriately motivating soundtrack to get there.
The workout is as good as everything you’ll get in a spin class, but you can do it on your own schedule. Until it stops snowing, it’s a good way to pretend you’re actually out on your bike.