What do your students think about your class?
Do you really know what they are thinking after they leave for home?
I found this post from Julie Erdmann at her Tri-ing to be Athletic blog.
Julie's posts are a series of funny drawings that tell her story of her very first Spinning class.
She has given me permission to republish the complete post for your entertainment and hopefully a little enlightenment 🙂
It started out easy enough: just sit on the bike and pedal. Excellent. Then the music started and suddenly it was all:
Hmm, well ok, I guess I can do that.
Then after about ten seconds I heard it again:
Well hold on now, I thought I just did…say, is there a delayed echo in here?
But, we just…
Um, excuse me? Do what now??
I was alternating between turning beet-red
I felt like I was sweating yet I'm pretty sure the flames shooting out of my skin took care of any pesky *moisture* issues.
Now, for the more astute readers, you may be saying to yourself: “But Julie (that's my real name, for those of you who don't know me in the real world), you were in a spin class, ergo, you were on a stationary bike,
ergo, staying upright on the seat, a.k.a. *balancing*, should be a non-issue.”
You see, at well-choreographed points during the class, the teachers (did I mention there were two of them?) would ask us to sit back, take our hands off the handlebars, and…
Now, is it just me, or does everyone's badonk slink forward the second they sit upright on a bike, like yay?
So I was sliding down and hunching over like a turtle so I didn't lose saddle contact, and I was expected to put my arms behind my head.
I did manage to survive the class *and* not slide off. And, when the teacher asked the class to praise ourselves for something we did well, I was able to come up with two things:
Number One: Not vomiting!
and, Numero Dos: Not Passing Out!
Oh, and the studio was at the top of the stairs. Since my leg muscles were beyond muscle confusion (let's call it muscle *stupor*), I saw that “walking down the stairs” was not really an option.
Athletic stance to the rescue!! With a bit of a slant.
P.S. I have mad respect for these spinners.
So, do any of you normal people out there go to spin class?
If you enjoyed this head over to Julie's blog and leave her a comment http://tri-ingtobeathletic.blogspot.com/2011/01/we-interrupt-current-training-flashback.html
John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.
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