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Resolution: Spinning

Posted by Christy / January 10, 2007

Marietta.JPGDedicated to helping you maintain your New Year's resolutions, MidnightPoutine presents Resolution, a six part weekly series on trends and options in Montreal fitness.

Spinning is to riding your bike what Jazzercize was to accidentally kneeing yourself in the face. Its image has been tarnished by the throngs of soccer moms who flocked to it at gyms in order to judge each other's cellulite. However, at Cycle Pop, a bike shop whose only gym-like feature is a bank of spin bikes, spinning is sleek, business-like, and a killer work out. The first time I tried it, I fell off my bike, staggered to the bathroom, and threw up.

Yes, it's that awesome.

The spinning concept was created by an ultra-endurance athlete you've never heard of. You just need to know the phrase "ultra-endurance" here. Some classes boast they can make you drop 500 calories in a session, and instructors frequently include sit-up and push-up moves in the biking routine. They use special stationary bikes with toe holds that make it possible to use your leg muscles on both the upstrokes and the downstrokes, and the bikes are equipped with a resistance gear that allows you to increase the difficulty in pedaling, mimicking the act of climbing uphill. There is no gear for coasting downhill.

Spin class tends to involve lots of upbeat music, (which you'll appreciate even if you hate pop, if only because it'll drown out the sound of your gasping), and an enthusiastic instructor. He or she usually has simply enormous calves which will become a pivotal point of fascination for you throughout your forty minute "ride."

Oh, and it involves sweating. Buckets of it.

Perhaps the best thing about spinning--besides being an efficient, low-impact, group work-out--is that, unlike Jazzercize or free weights, it can be seen as training for something you actually enjoy doing, i.e. riding your bike. Maintaining a straight face in group work-outs is always a challenge, and when your ass is bobbing in the air while the instructor plays "Sexyback," you'll probably fight the urge to laugh. Nevertheless, it's a lot easier to stick it out knowing, thanks to spin, you'll be conquering hills in Gaspé next summer.

Cycle POP is located at 1000 rue Rachel Est. Call for times and to make your reservation at (514) 526-2525

Discussion

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Peter / January 11, 2007 at 09:28 am
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Oh, nice tip. How many times a week do these workouts take place? And what about rowing machines, I think that's a good exercise.
Christy / January 11, 2007 at 10:17 am
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The link I posted above takes you right to their schedule (just scroll down a bit). Unfortunately, they're not as well set-up in English, but hopefully that won't be a problem for you. They have multiple workouts of different intensities every day, most of them in the evening, but also an early morning ride and a noon ride on some days.

No rowing machines at the bike shop. It's not a gym... but I think that could be seen as a perk.
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