If you follow me on Instagram, you likely caught wind of the fact that I recently accepted and COMPLETED a 30-day spin challenge at Spin Society. This was a really big deal for me because I have never committed to something physically (and mentally) like this spin challenge and the fact that I followed through with it, was super empowering.
I wanted to share my thoughts, feelings, and lessons from the 30-day challenge, as there was a lot that went on for me in that 1 month period of time. Some things on this list of 30 pertain specifically to Spin Society, and others to life in general.
30 days, 30 rides, 30 lessons learned
- Classes fill up- make sure you reserve your bike ahead of time.
- When I work out on my own, I don’t push myself nearly as hard as the instructors do.
- If you throw up don’t feel bad. I did after my first class. (Oops!)
- Don’t workout on an empty stomach. But don’t workout on a full stomach either. (see #3).
- Know your limit. (And then reach down and turn up the resistance some more 😉 ).
- Drink lots of water. Even better, drink water with added electrolytes.
- Before your first class, get in a bit early so the staff can show you your bike adjustments.
- You’ll feel like a pro by your 3rd class. (But you may never quite get that beat down haha.)
- The only person you should compete with is yourself.
- Exercise with a friend – it holds you accountable and makes it even more fun!
- Schedule your workouts the same way you schedule work meetings or play dates.
- Commit- book your class ahead of time and you’ll be more likely to show up.
- Take your partner on a spin date. Why do we always go out for dinner or to the movies on date nights? Why not sweat hard with your significant other and then grab an amazing salad or smoothie together after. Get those endorphins pumping together.
- Pretend you’re in your 20’s in a nightclub dancing with your friends. Ride to the beat just as you would dance to the beat.
- Spin class isn’t just a cardio workout- it’s a FULL BODY workout. Who knew?
- Savour the sweat. We are so much less likely to continue with a workout program if we don’t enjoy it.
- Set goals and CRUSH THEM. Bam!
- Monitor your progress so you can…
- … celebrate even the little wins.
- Make sure you’re breathing deeply and consistently. It’s kind of crucial 😉
- Riding in the front row isn’t as scary as it seems. Try it!
- Dry shampoo will be your new best friend.
- Warning: You may realise you are super competitive. (Hi!)
- Challenging yourself physically proves to yourself that you can succeed in other aspects of life too.
- Listen to your body- you are the one that knows your body best!
- Put your phone away- you have 1 hour to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with yourself. You deserve that time.
- When your instructor says ‘use your core’, use your core. It is the difference between properly executing the motions/movements or not.
- Work hard and have fun! (My family motto.)
- You are not defined by the number on the scale- I gained weight even though I haven’t felt this great in a long time.
- I have AMAZING people in my life! *heart exploding*
Believe it or not, it was hard to narrow down my feelings after completing this challenge to just 30 bullet points. This experience was valuable to me in so many ways and I am super grateful to the Spin Society community but also to my circle of friends (online and offline) who supported me throughout those 30 days. The Instagram messages and texts and those who joined me in classes or used my code to go to classes in their own time… it was all overwhelming in the most amazing way. Thank you everyone! <3