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sh*t my spin instructor says

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So I’ve gotten to where I actually like spin class, and I’ve been trying to go at least once a week, if not multiple times. I like most of the teachers, with the exception of one who shall remain nameless. She’s just not motivating, and she talks way too much during class.

She’ll say things like, “You should be dying to stand up. You should really, really want to, but I’m not going to let you!” Or “Your quads should be burning right now…like, really on fire!” I mean, yes, my muscles are burning, but usually with other teachers I’m so into it that I’m not focusing on the pain. Another thing: She uses the same playlist. Every time. Even if the music is bad in a spin class, as long as it’s not the same damn thing every time, it’s not so bad.

There’s another instructor who isn’t necessarily a favorite but is still…entertaining. He plays a mish-mash of music and says the strangest things during class. For example, one class had a Michael McDonald-heavy playlist followed by two gospel songs at the very end, followed by some elevator music that sounded curiously like “The Girl from Ipanema.” Other times he’ll play R&B/pop hits from the 80s/early 90s. I feel like I’m riding a bike while watching Splash or Mannequin.

And as for the things he says…it’s always interesting to see what’s going to come out of his mouth (TWSS). Here are some of my favorites:

“Are you wet? Mmm-hmm, I know I am; I want you wet!” (during a particularly sweaty spin session)

“Oh, you know I have to get you all wet and then take you to the bedroom!” (while playing a sexy slow jam as we stretch post-class)

“This is the kinda music you play down in your basement, when you’re with someone special and you’ve got the red light bulb on.” (more slow jams)

“I’m so excited! Are you? You know I’m wearing these bike shorts so I really can’t hide it when I’m excited!” (singing along with the Pointer Sisters during jumps)

“During this next track, you’re really going to be sucking it down.” (referring to “sucking in wind” during sprints)

And another favorite from Body Pump:

“Squeeze those buns! If you don’t, no one else will!”

“Work those glutes! Do you want jelly or do you want jam?!?”

Needless to say, the class is actually pretty fun/funny and goes by fairly quickly. It’s almost worth it to go just to wait for the ridiculousness to come spilling out.

Does anyone else have any exercise instructors who are as, um, entertaining?

I could hang out under there…

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…haha, I just made you say underwear!

But seriously. Let’s talk.

(Warning: If you don’t want to talk/hear about those things you wear under your clothes, cut loose now.)

Last night, I did something I have never done before. I mean, it’s not that it couldn’t be done, it’s just that I wasn’t sure I was strong enough. I just didn’t know if I could…go that long.

I went to two back-to-back classes at the YMCA: Spin and Body Pump.

And at the risk of saying something that it’s what I like to call Too Much Information…I want to talk about underwear.

I learned the hard way that lacy panties are NOT the way to go during a spin class. I felt like they were fused to my skin. That’s what I get for going straight from work to the gym. I tried to plan ahead, finding my comfiest underthings. Which worked out like a dream…until I went to Body Pump and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.

It was the dreaded…VPL.

I’m talking Visible Panty Lines, y’all.

Now, I’m sure that people at the gym have much better things to focus on that how my ass looks in my Old Navy stretch pants, but I still felt a little awkward. Especially during the squats.

So here are my questions for you: What’s your plan of attach when it comes to unmentionables at the gym? And do you think VPLs are as distracting as I feel like they are? (PS I suggest you also check out Eunice’s sexy underwear test-drive. I may try and check out some of her suggestions, though the only line-free pair she tested were thongs, and…well, that ain’t happening.)

spin cycle

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So remember how I talked about how much I “hated” spinning?

Well…I may have to…take that back.

Because I think, I might, sort of, kind of…actually like it.

I know. I know. Crazy.

When I finally got my gym membership unfrozen after an entire month off due to my injury, I decided to do my best to get back in the habit. I promised my sweet coworker that I would hit a spin class with her. She’s a total rockstar, and always asks me to go, but I turn her down because I think that I just can’t do it. Also, Mandy had just joined the Y and had promised to come along.

It was a little shaky at first, but I surprised myself by, you know, not dying on the bike. I went twice that week. Since that first class back, I’ve gone at least once a week. It makes me feel strong. It makes me sweaty, which makes me happy. And it makes me feel like my leg muscles are still hiding out in there, waiting on me to coax them back out into the open.

I was supposed to run a 5k two weeks ago, but due to a few different circumstances, I didn’t go through with it. I was tired, I stayed up too late, I had a busy Saturday after the run….but bottom line, I think I’m still a little nervous to get back out there. I’m scared to fail. I really love(d) running so much that I’m afraid I’ll never get that lust, that desire back after having taken such a hiatus.

I’m definitely going to make my return to running soon. As in, this season. I’m already signed up for a 5k (or possibly a 10k) next month, and I think Jen and I are going to do a Women’s Health 5k at the end of April. It’s only $15 to sign up, so that’s tempting.

The other 10k/5k is called Music Moves Me, and I ran it last year. Long story short, it basically sucked. The volunteers packed up too early, and being in a strange town (Huntsville), my sister and I got lost. It was just a disaster, and I made sure to send a strongly worded email detailing my concerns.

And while those things rarely make a difference, my voice was definitely heard: I got word back from the director, and they not only repaid me for my entry fee but they also comped my 2011 fee (assuming I’d want to do it again). Apparently the course has changed, the volunteers aren’t going to slack, and there’s a 5k option (last year it was 10k only). I would love, love to be able to do the 10k, because I like the distance, but I think I’ll be able to make the decision to only do what I’m capable of.

Speaking of running, I’m super proud of my buddy Jen, who ran her 1st half marathon this past Sunday. She posted her race recap, so head over to her blog to give her a virtual pat on the blog.

Have you ever found an exercise you thought you couldn’t do, only to change your mind? Obviously I was that way with spin, but I was also in the same boat when it came to running. I tried it several times before I found my groove. (Read more about my running journey here!)