Most of the blog has been dedicated towards preparing ourselves to the birth of our baby. The carpets that we should purchase, or the types of cribs that would keep our cherished ones the safest – but what about us?
I’ve given birth two times now to two beautiful boys, but after I was done with the second child, but body had taken quite the toll. I might have been in my mid 30’s at that point, but that didn’t mean I didn’t have to try to get my figure back for my husband, and for myself.
I’m sure you’ve read enough on this topic, that going to the gym, or attending yoga classes are the best approaches. Well, they do work, that’s if you’re a naturally motivated person.
I tried the gym and yoga, I couldn’t get it to stick. I knew I had to go, but managing to motivate myself after a long day at work and feeding my babies was extremely tough.
So what ended up working for me?
During work, my co-worker Stacy mentioned a spinning studio that she attends in downtown San Diego. I was quite clueless when she mentioned spinning and asked her what is it?
Well, apparently spinning classes are akin to in-door cycling that is being held in a studio with flashing lights and music.
At first, I compared it to the bicycles that I typically use at a local gym, but she reassured me that even though the equipment might be somewhat similar, the experience and workout are completely different.
She won me over when she mentioned that the spinning studio that she goes to actually gives a free first class. The name of the spinning studio in San Diego is PureStudio.com.
Luckily I lived pretty close to their location on W A St so I simply hopped into the train and was there in 10 minutes.
When I first entered the location, I was blown away at the how clean and modern everything looked looked. It didn’t take long for me to find out that the facility had only been open since the summer so that explained the clean/modern look.
I walked right up to the counter with my friend who was waiting for me there already and we inquired for a free class for me. The helpful woman behind the counter explained what I should expect out of the class, and reserved a seat for me in the next class. I also want to point out that she offered me a free pair of cycling shoes for the session, but I declined since I didn’t want to complete things any further.
My friend and I walked into the locker room to change, and I was delighted to see that the locker room was stocked up nicely with different amenities. We got changed quickly, and headed over the studio.
When we first entered the studio, the instructor introduced herself and walked us over to our reserved bikes. She was kind enough to adjust the bike for me and to also explain the proper posture for cycling.
When the class began, it was fairly obvious. The light dimmed down, the music was turned away, and spot lights were dancing on all walls – it felt cool!
At first, the exercise and tempo were slow to warm us up but after 5 minutes, everything was kicked into high gear!
I was mistaken when I thought that this was only a workout for the lower body, we actually used light weights for our arms and were utilizing our arms during the cycling session. By the end of the session, I can honestly say I have never had such a strenuous work out in my life. I was sweating from every centimeter on my body!
After the session, we went off into the locker room to share up and prep ourselves. Once we left the locker room, I walked up to the receptionist desk to give back the cycling shoes and also talk about the packages they offer. I was quite fond of their work out and prices so I ended up grabbing a package of 20 sessions.
That was 2 months ago.
I’ve already used 18 out of those 20 sessions.
I’ve lost 7 pounds in the past 2 months.
Losing an average of 800-900 calories per session.
Now that’s impressive!
I’m really glad that I found out how fun cycling is, and why it works – because the instructor is incredibly talented in keeping the class motivated and striving. That’s the only reason I keep coming back and working my butt off during the sessions – because I’m feeding off my instructor’s energy.
I can say with certainty that cycling is one of the best ways for someone to exercise while enjoying their time. If you’re in San Diego, I highly suggest checking out Pure Cycle, the fact that they offer a free class is very generous. I haven’t had a chance to visit other cycling studios, but based on what I’ve heard, Pure Cycle has the #1 spinning studio in San Diego!