{the life} Spinning Right Round at DEFINErevolution

by Rachel on May 8, 2012

Last night, Eric and I shared a lovely candlelit…workout.

While I love my yoga routine, I’ve been missing other workouts — namely spin classes and classes at DEFINE — a lot. I had been thinking about trying to get to DEFINE once a week for a few reasons and when I found out that DEFINE had just opened a new location and was offering DEFINErevolution, a spin class, I was really excited. I was even more thrilled when there was a Tidbits & Treats deal for Define the day after the new class was announced. It was perfect timing.

Well, almost perfect timing. I found out later that day that my surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, so it wasn’t exactly the time to start a new workout routine. Still though, I wanted to give the new class a try because…why not, right?

Though we typically don’t work out together, Eric also purchased a deal, just because we could both use the extra motivation of a buddy once a week. We attempted to go on Sunday night, but the class was full, so we ended up going to last night’s class.

The new DEFINE location is, as I expected, gorgeous. (The parking lot, however, was a nightmare. The lot was tiny, full, and nearly impossible to back out of once you realized it was full. Luckily, there was more free parking across the street; next time, I’ll just go straight to that lot.) With each new location, they really seem to be stepping up their game and making things increasingly cushy and beautiful. (Their Facebook album has great photos.) The new spin studio was dimly lit, packed with bikes, and had candles burning throughout. I was pretty sure this meant class would be taught in the dark which I was really excited about; I love darkened spin classes and the candles were a nice addition.

Each bike had a blue workout ball on top of it and I noticed that people were grabbing weights too. Oh, so it was going to be that kind of a spin class. I’ve read about a lot of group cycling classes that involve strength training; though I’ve never taken one myself, I definitely was not opposed.

Still, though, I was worried that my ass and shoulders might be opposed. I haven’t taken in a spin class in God knows how long and I was sore from my yoga class Sunday night. If it hadn’t been for the surgery this week, I probably wouldn’t have been as eager to go last night. But, I figured, I might as well push myself really hard in this class, as it was going to be my last class for a while.

The class was pretty full and I was super pumped by the time class started. I love classes at DEFINE…there is good music, good instructors, and just really great energy.

But, to be honest, I didn’t LOVE DEFINErevolution.

It’s not that it wasn’t a good workout; it was. It’s just it’s a new class and there were still some kinks that I think they might need to work out. First, Eric and I both noticed that the bikes got super jerky whenever we came out of the saddle, unless we turned the resistance way up …like, past the level that was appropriate for us. The bigger issue for me was that the whole “strength training on a bike” thing is new to a lot of people, and I don’t think they did a very good job of explaining everything that was going on to beginners. There wasn’t a lot of talk about safety and form (which drives me crazy as a former instructor!) or enough visual instruction when it came to the weights and different positions. During the weights portion of the class, the instructor walked around a lot, and in the completely dark classroom, you really couldn’t see what she was doing and the verbal cues were hard to follow. I’d taken enough classes at DEFINE to figure it out, but Eric had a harder time keeping up. Oh, and then there was the fact that the strength training was really difficult with the bikes packed so closely together. Eric and I had to go out of our ways to avoid elbowing or punching each other while lifting weights.

That said, there were a lot of things I liked about the class. I got a great cardio workout. The use of the ball and weights was new and different for me, but I think with a bit more instruction and planning, it would have been awesome — when it worked, it was great. Though I didn’t love the majority of the music, that’s something that can easily be solved by taking the class with one of the instructors whose music I do love. I really like DEFINE and I’m sure they’ll work out the kinks with the new class before too long.

And, actually, they will probably work out those kinks before I get back there for another class! I’m not exactly sure how long it will be before I’m back to working out after surgery, but I’m not going to try to rush my recovery. My candlelit workout was something of a last meal, and I’m OK with that. My body was so tired last night (and still is today) but, fortunately, I’ve got a few weeks to bounce back.