One Chilly Weekend With Some Spins

Happy holiday to my friends in the U.S.  And a happy Monday to everyone else!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

I have to say that for pretty much the entire winter I have lucked out on the weekends, until now.  I hate going to the gym on Saturdays because I find it totally annoying to try and fight for a treadmill.  Plus my gym has started plastering signs everywhere stating that there is now a 20 minute limit on cardio machines when there is a wait.  I am the first to say that I hate waiting for a machine at the gym, but 20 minutes is a bit ridiculous in my opinion.  There isn’t much you can do in 20 minutes.  Give me 30 minutes and I can at least get a couple of miles done.

I find myself running on the machine with paranoia when the mills fill up.  I start to panic and wonder if I am going to have to stop my workout.  I would by lying if I said I haven’t noticed the machines are all full and stopped my machine and pretended to fix my laces. Then I start back up in a lame attempt to get my full run in.  I will also admit that I am annoying and average 6-9 miles at a time on the mill.  Sorry gym friends I will be out of there as soon as it warms up again!

To avoid my treadmill paranoia or fighting for a machine, I decided to do something totally new this past weekend.  Thanks to Chicago for having single digit temps, my Saturday long run was out of the picture.  So Rock and I headed to Core Power Yoga and took our first spinning class.  Not only were we spinning virgins but we also opted to try Core Power’s Core Ryder class.

A pic of me on a bike, because I am a bad blogger and didn't take a pic!

A pic of me on a bike, because I am a bad blogger and didn’t take a pic!

These bikes are different than what you will find in most spinning classes.  The Core Ryder allows you to move like you are on an actual bike.  The front “tire” moves back and forth to simulate turning and tilting on a bike.  This gives the bike a more realistic feel and a great overall body workout.  I was feeling my abs by the end of class for sure.

Unlike yoga classes, Rock was also happy to see that he wasn’t the only male in the group.  About 1/3 of the class was men and some of them appeared to be quite serious athletes and cyclists.

The Core Ryder class was the highlight of my weekend.  We had a great teacher who sought us out before class started to make sure we were set up properly.  She made sure we had weights (because our class did resistance exercises while on the bike).  She also played great music, kept the class pumped up, and made sure every level of rider was challenged and instructed properly.

I will definitely go back for another class.  At $23 per 45 minute class this isn’t the cheapest option.  However, I felt like I got my money’s worth.  Groupon has a deal right now for $75 for a month of unlimited classes and if you are new to Core Power you get your first week free.  Definitely try their Power Fusion class which incorporates hot Vinyasa with free weights and aerobics; a calorie torching trifecta.

*This post was not sponsored by Core Power.  I simply went to try it out and paid for the class.

In the end I got that sweat I was looking for and my legs felt like they had a serious workout.  We were both glad we tried it out.  A huge thanks to Julia E. at Core Power Yoga Lincoln Square for making our first spinning experience a big success.  You can find locations and schedules at

Do you spin?  Have you done Core Power Ryder?