For years I wanted to try spinning. I liked the idea of exercising to good music in a dark room where no one could see how much jiggle was going on or how fast I was going. I avoided it because of the intimidation behind the bike (how exactly do you use it?) and the sometimes drill sergeant manner of the instructors.
After reading some articles online and asking friends about it, I finally got the courage to get up and go to my first spin class. I couldn’t believe I avoided it for so long! Here are some tips to help you find your way through your first spin class:
- Go early and ask questions: At my gym, spin bikes get claimed by some regulars as they throw their towels and water bottles on them and then head back into the main gym to chat to friends. Last thing you want is to get yourself geared up for a class and then realize there are no bikes available! When you get there, introduce yourself to the instructor and let them know you’re a first timer. They should be happy to answer any questions you have.
- Make bike adjustments: There are 3 adjustments you can make to the bike: seat height, handle bar height, and seat-to-handle distance. The seat height should be at hip level when you’re standing next to the bike. The handle bar height should be around the same as the seat, or if you want to start out a little easier, make it higher than the seat. For the seat position (it moves towards and away from the handle bars), you want it to be far enough that your knees don’t go over your toes when you pedal, but not so far away from the handle that you strain to reach it. Your instructor should help you.
- Padding: There’s no getting around it – the bike seat is small and if you’re not used to it, it can be painful! There are padded shorts made for cycling that can help reduce the pain. I added another layer of protection with an inexpensive removable bike gel seat.
- Stay hydrated: Make sure to take water with you so you don’t have to get off the bike and crawl over the class to get to the water fountain. Also, make sure to have a towel nearby to wipe off your sweaty hands, arms, and face.
- Clean your bike: Make sure after class to clean your bike off. You’ve likely been sweating all over it, so look for what others are doing when cleaning it. You’ll usually see a beeline to the cleaner area, so just follow them.
- Try it again: You’ll likely be in pain “down below” if you’re not a regular cycler. Don’t let that stop you from trying it again. It DOES get better, and pretty quickly!
Are you a spinning fan? What are your tips?
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Did you know that April 2nd is National Walking Day?
We are huge fans of walking here at ENELL. It’s a free way to exercise that you can do alone or with friends virtually anywhere. Just lace up your shoes and start stepping!
On April 2nd, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers started on a healthier way of life.
Here are ways you can get involved:
- Host a walk and/or rally to show your commitment to living longer, healthier lives.
- Rally your family, friends and neighbors to walk that day and every day.
- Invite your co-workers to wear their sneakers to work.
- Encourage employees to get in their 30 minutes of walking that day.
- Change one of your meetings to a walking meeting, and let your colleagues know why.
- Join others across the country and be part of the solution to get America walking.
See more ideas and statistics from the American Heart Association.
Big boobed ladies unite! Some of us love being well-endowed while some of us bemoan it. No matter what side you’re on, there are some universal truths we can all rally behind:
1. Button down shirts
The just don’t stay contained with buttons.
2. The uplifting feeling of the right bra
You know what we mean, right? Especially when you put on your first ENELL Bra.
3. Food down the shirt
When you take your bra off at the end of the night and a bucket of popcorn falls out from the movie you saw earlier.
Bull Boobs in a China Shop
Accidents are inevitable. They have a mind of their own.
5. How to spell relief
The end of the day is when you take your bra off. There’s no going back out once the bra hits the floor.
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Have you ever gotten an idea in your head that you want to do something, but then spend weeks researching it so you don’t feel like an idiot when you do it? This is exactly what happened to me trying out Bikram Yoga.
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%, causing it to be categorized as a form of hot yoga. (via Wikipedia)
My ENELL SPORT Bra and I survived Bikram Yoga!
Things to Take to Class:
- Yoga Mat
- Long towel for your mat: You can purchase a special yoga towel that is thin but also the proper dimensions for a yoga mat if you think you’ll make this a habit, but a regular large bath towel works fine also.
- Hand towel for the dripping sweat: You won’t be able to wipe your brow on your shirt as it will be wet. Plus your hands will get slick, so you need to be able to dry them off.
- (optional) a friend – it helped get me in the hot room to know she was there suffering with me at first!
Top 5 Tips:
- Talk to the instructor in advance: As part of my “research,” I spoke to the studio owner and one of the class instructors prior to committing to a class. I worried if I was too out of shape or not flexible enough. They gave me the answers I needed to hear to make myself feel comfortable walking into a super hot room for 90 minutes. The peace of mind was great. If by chance you happen across less kind instructors, save your money and take it elsewhere to a different studio. Yoga is not for the elite – it is for everyone.
- Wear less clothing: This is not for vanity purposes, this is strictly for comfort. You will sweat, a lot. (You’d be just as soaked if you had run through your yard sprinklers for about 5 minutes). If you wear full length pants or a longer sleeved shirt, it will get sticky and heavy fast. I’ve worn both my ENELL SPORT and ENELL LITE to Bikram Yoga and I’d suggest the LITE as it doesn’t come as high up on the neck and allows for better deep breathing as it’s a little more forgiving around the ribcage.
- Stop stressing, no one is looking at you: I am not flexible and my body is quite round and much larger than the other attendees. In order to hold the poses (or get into them in the first place), you have to concentrate wholly on yourself and your body. One side-eye to the gal on your left and you’ll topple. So stop being so self-conscious. (Easier said than done, I understand.)
- It’s okay to sit: My first class, I sat for 50% of it. I was just trying to stand the heat and humidity – forget about moving my body. While sitting, I noticed something: nearly everyone else sat too for a little bit. Even those who looked like they could do the class in their sleep with perfect form sometimes had to take a rest. It is okay! Just focus on breathing and take little sips of water if needed.
- Don’t chug: In a hot, humid environment you will get thirsty. You’re sweating a lot of your hydration away so it’s natural to want to grab your water bottle. Don’t take large gulps of water, otherwise you’ll feel really bloated and nauseated. Tiny sips are much better. You get to wet your mouth and not have your stomach hit with a liter of water.
Do you have questions about Bikram yoga? Experiences you’d like to share? We’d love to chat in the comments!