HB 101: A new rider’s guide

By Heather Foley

_DSC1126You did it! You signed up for your first class at The Handle Bar! Whether you purchased a Black Friday package deal or have had a class sitting on your account for a few weeks and have just mustered up the courage to try it out, you just took a huge step in the right direction. You’re probably thinking, “Oh my God, what did I get myself into?” Well, don’t fear, because It’s going to be great, and it’s going to kick your butt, in the best possible way. I know starting a new fitness routine can be daunting, as most of us feel intimidated when going to a new gym, class, or studio. But we can’t let that stop us! It’s going to be tough, but I have a few tips to help you survive your first class at The Handle Bar.

Make sure your bike is set up correctly. Get to class a little early and ask the teacher to help you set up your bike. Nothing will ruin your first class like a bike that’s set with the seat too low or the handlebars too far back.

Focus on your ride. Trust me, no one in your class is looking at you. Everyone is class is way too focused on not dying on their bike to notice if you’re a beat behind or on your left oblique when you should be on your right. Just stay focused on what you’re doing.

Don’t skip out early. I know the second you get off the bike you want to run home and collapse into bed, but please don’t. Stick around and stretch yourself out. You need it and it will feel awesome. Seriously, the stretch is the best part of the class.

Dress the part. In a spin class you’re going to be standing up, sitting down, leaning over, crunching and moving more than you think you will, make sure you wear workout gear that lets you move freely and be comfortable. For example I have a few Lululemon tops I love for strength training but they creep up my back when I spin.

Don’t skimp on resistance. You might be tempted to hold back on the resistance, but listen to your instructor and add resistance as they say. You can always take a little off if you need to, but to get the most of your class you need to give 100% effort.

Your bum is gonna hurt. I’m not talking about your just glutes, but your whole entire butt. During that first class your bum is gonna hurt like you never knew it could hurt. But it will pass, I promise. It will only hurt for your first class or two, then your booty will get used to it 🙂

If you have any questions about how to prep for your first ride at The HB, do not hesitate to give us a call at either studio! We’re so excited you’re taking the next step of your fitness journey with us, and we can’t wait to tap it back with you! See you in the saddle!

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