How I Got My Ass Back Into Spinning

I can’t walk, my legs are like jelly!

I went to my first spin class last night, after 10 whole months. Oh man, you know that feeling when you take your time slooowly sitting in a chair and feel nervous about walking down steps for fear of collapsing? Yup, that’s precisely how I feel today!Simultaneously I feel bloody fantastic. Considering I haven’t been on a spin bike for such a long time, going from daily classes to nothing and I mean nada. I am pretty pumped at the fact I not only got through the class without falling off the bike in a heap on the floor but that I also managed to just about control a life long annoyance…asthma.

Towels on a leather bench in a gym overlooking treadmills

I don’t need therapy, I just need to go spinning!

For months I have been debating going back to spinning. Since returning to the UK my asthma has been pants, I haven’t been feeling too happy and I guess I was scared I wouldn’t get through the class as my fitness levels had dropped. When I first started spin classes about eight years ago I hated them, I mean I despised them and I couldn’t see the class through. I felt like my legs were burning to the point they may turn into ash and I swore I would never return. Then I joined Virgin Active, Singapore and met the most gruelling instructor but he was smart, he played mind games to make you push. He basically put all this on to you, what you put in is what you get out and cheating is only cheating yourself. Yes see, I did listen to you Jeev!

Over recent months particularly July, I have made a promise to myself to do the things which make me happy. One of which is spinning. I of course continued my membership at Virgin Active, this time at Canary Wharf. I just needed to book the class, forbid myself from cancelling (which I have to admit over the last few months I have done FAR too many times!) and just dam well get my ass there.

So I did. Just last night. I won’t lie, it was different, I miss the huge studio and the neon light background which we had in Virgin Active Singapore but the music was good and so was the instructor. I also admit I went to a class which wasn’t going to be as busy but that’s ok, it got me there.


At the beginning I remember thinking what the hell am I doing here? This is hell. But you know 20 minutes in I was emotional, I was actually spinning! I was back where I could push myself, sweat my ass off and get back on track. It was an awesome feeling, I was proud of myself and couldn’t wait to get back for my next class. I only managed 16.7km in 40 minutes but you know what, it’s 16.7km more than I thought I was going to do in class one #fistpumptome.

I think what is important to remember for any of us trying to get back in to some kind of fitness routine is to remember a few crucial facts:

  • It’s all in the mind
  • Your leg won’t fall off, give it a go
  • Think of how you will feel once you have done it!

For me, these three things have been my biggest learning. What was I afraid of? Was my leg really going to fall off if I did a spin class? Was I going to hate myself for finishing the class? Of course not!

So back to spin tomorrow, I can’t wait!

How are you doing on your exercise journey? Do you have fears to overcome also?

N x

So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.



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