This section of my website used to be dedicated to triathlon training, personal race results and certification reviews, like Turbo Kick. I am expanding it to include more generic health & fitness topics. Also, I talk a lot about "D" -- he's my husband (Dave Liu)!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Two Hour Spinning Class

It's been four months since I've attended one of Dino's indoor cycling classes. I called El Camino Y to make sure that he was teaching that night. I was told that not only was class still on, but Dino was making it a TWO HOUR SPECIAL!

Completely insane, I know, but why the heck not? As I was setting up my bike, a guy next to me asked Dino whether class was really going to be two hours long. Yes, but it was going to be : 1-1/2 hours spinning, 10 minutes cool down, 10 minutes stretching and 10 minutes abs.

Dino played primarily dance music. My favorite! I could tell that he put a lot of thought into class structure because he had organized songs around endurance, sprints, intervals, and jumps (seated & standing). I was familiar with his cueing for hand positions and intensity levels so that worked well. Dino would tell us what rpm we should aim for (we did a 15 second count). When I got tired and felt myself slowing down, I would look up and try to match my leg speed with his. He also gave us form pointers throughout the workout:

  • Relax the shoulders
  • Upper body is quiet
  • Don't bounce side-to-side
  • Slight bend in the elbows
  • Keep knees straight
  • Keep wrists straight
  • Light pressure on the handlebars (no death grip or excess pressure on the hands)

Class was awesome. For once, I didn't have a sore butt at all! I think it's because I made a special effort to sit properly in the saddle: I kept on reminding myself to hinge from the hips and not hunch over and bend my upper back. As a result, I pushed my rear backwards so I sat on my sit bones and thus didn't squish my soft tissue. If you're somebody who doesn't cycle because it hurts - try it out!

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