Whether a novice or experienced rider, everyone has been new to spinning at some point, and everyone is new to The Handle Bar. We’ve all experienced the “new kid” feeling, and many of us can recall sitting on the bike during warm-up thinking, “what the heck did I get myself into?” But our nervousness doesn’t achieve much. Erase your expectations and embrace the new experience. One thing you can be sure of is that you’ll have a ton of fun, vibe to some great beats, and get an ass-kicking workout (as long as you allow it). Here are a few guidelines to get you to and through your first spin class at The Handle Bar:
Fuel your body
Before and after your workout it is so important to fuel your body with the right stuff. The old saying, “you get out of it what you put into it” applies to both your workout and your pre and post-ride fuel. It’s important to have either a light snack—preferably simple carbs that turn to energy quickly—an hour before class or a full meal with a balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats about 2-3 hours prior. If you don’t put the correct things into your body, you won’t be able to put as much into your workout, and therefore won’t get as much as you can out of it. Don’t forget that water is fuel too! Drink before, during, and after class. Coconut water is a great post-workout drink to replace the electrolytes you lose during your workout.
Introduce yourself to the instructor
Let’s face it, you have no idea what you’re doing, and you’re not supposed to. Let the instructor know that you’re new and [he or] she will take it from there. They’ll show you how to position the seat and the handle bar so that you get the most from your workout and don’t sustain any injuries on your first day. For many spinners, this has made all the difference and has been the single reason they come back time and time again.
Drink water and a use towel (or two!) you’re going to sweat—a lot
Lucky for us, The Handle Bar provides clean towels for free and has BIG bottles of ice cold Smart Water for sale at a reasonable 2 bucks. If you’d prefer to bring your own, you can refill at the studio at your convenience.
Strike up a convo with your neighbor
If your best friend didn’t drag you to class today, make some new ones! Especially if you’re a newbie, your fellow classmates can give you some great tips on your first ride. During class we ride as a community, and it’s important to get those positive vibes flowing from the get-go. Don’t be shy!
Let the music guide you
Close your eyes and imagine the beat of the music as the only thing you can count on during the next 45 minutes. It is the only constant in the room. Let it drown out your nervousness and anxiety and lead you up and down those hills and help you push out those sprints until the final seconds. At The Handle Bar – our focus is on music – and we promise you’ll be feelin’ it.
Don’t be afraid to go at your own pace
The great thing about being new to spinning is that you control the intensity of the workout. Sure, you can’t control how intense the instructor is, but you can control the resistance on your bike, making it easy to listen to your body. But don’t let this be an excuse to get a sub-par workout! Find equilibrium and your body will thank you.
Above all, remember that taking on this new challenge is a huge step towards self-betterment. No matter how you’re feeling, you’ll walk out of your first class with a stronger body and clearer mind.
See you in the saddle!