(Editor's note (is that right? Am I the editor?): I had to look up which holiday it is because I always think Memorial day is Labor day & Labor day is Labor day. Just tell me when to wear white)
So, we started our day the way I've been waiting to start my Memorial day for months now.
With the Bluth Family.
But, I didn't. 1) Because that actually sounds horrible & 2) Because I was trying my very first spin class today.
This morning I was having a particularly nice hair-day & thought it would be adorable to put my hair in two little ponytails, put on a cute little blue t-shirt, some cute stud owl-shaped earrings & headed out to spin.
DUUUUUUUUUDE. Dude! Dude. Seriously, dude. I mean. Yeah. That shit is intense.
I saw roughly how many calories I would be burning in a spin class on My Fitness Pal & figured it'd be a really good cardio, but I didn't take the resistance training into account. My muscles... those ones on your legs (?) like above your knees- those are still burning! (quads? Are those quads? are these my quads right here? Can you see me pointing?)
My cute little blue t-shirt? Fuck that guy. When I was done with Jenn's 45 minute spin class it was a damn dark navy color.
I honestly don't think I've ever sweat so much in my life! Luckily, I took a before & after (whatever. I just like taking selfies. I am the best photographer of me)
The instructor, Jenn, had a great energy & came over to explain this contraption to me. She gave me a few pointers & kind of gave me a run down of the class structure.
She totally could have saved herself some time by saying "Just do what I say & try not to pass out. Oh, yeah. I hope you live on the first floor. Oh, you don't? Ok, you're going to hate your life walking up your stairs later today. & just have fun with it! Stay hydrated!"
It was certainly challenging but a great class. Something I particularly enjoyed was the playlist. I loved Jenn's selections. Firstly, there was one sequence called a "climbing" sequence. So, what this means is you start in first gear & you do that gear for 30 seconds & then you go to second gear & so on & so on until you're screaming "where the fuck is the top of this hill?!"
For that song she played Kanye's (Yes, we're on a first name basis) "No Church in the Wild" which I thought was a strange choice, but no. It was perfect. That steady, strong beat was perfect for this particular resistance, intense workout.
By the end of that song I checked my heart rate. My average heart rate through out the whole class was about 160 bpm (this highest I saw it was 175 & the lowest was about 140). So, an hour of that is pretty much killin' it, y'all.
She also played my new favorite Robin Thicke song that I've mentioned before. I hadn't gotten a chance to work out to it yet, but I was correct. It's a booty-shakin' cardio inducing, fun song.
Then, she really surprised me with this one song that I'm always hearing on Austin's go-to-indie-hipster station. I seriously cannot get enough of this song. It's sort of a slower song so I would have never thought to put it in a work out. It is a very, very sexy song. So maybe we're meant to peddle through the pain while imagining looking great naked? I don't know, but it worked for this sequence where we alternated between "peddling with the tempo" & then "peddling like rabid dogs are chasing you through a field". Oh, let me look up the song. I don't even know who sings it.
....though 5:30 is so early y'all (I'm usually at the gym by 6am. there is a world of difference between 5:30 & 6)