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guest post: spinning for the first time at Ride + Workout

A NOTE FROM PIP:  Jess from Anchored in CLE is a busy young gal livin’ the life in Cleveland, but she somehow found some time to sneak in a workout and write this guest post. When I reached out, I didn’t have any specific suggestion on what to share, but then she surprised me by writing about one of my favorite cardio workouts at one of my favorite studios in all of Northeastern Ohio – taught by one of my great friends, Bethany. Thanks Jess – take it away!


Hi Poise in Parma readers! Thanks so much to Alicia for allowing me to guest post. I’m a young professional in the advertising field who’s on a journey to a healthier & fit lifestyle. I’m training for my first 10K and have been looking for new ways to cross train. I’ve been wanting to try spinning for quite some time now (along with yoga, crossfit, and pure barre), and I recently got the chance to check it off my list!

I actually had a class credit at Harness Cycle but wasn’t able to make it out to The Cycle Lab before they move to their Hingetown location, so I have another spinning class to attend in the near future. I decided that I wanted to try a couple places and see how my experience was at each one, so I booked my first ride at Ride + Workout in Lakewood, Ohio.

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[Images courtesy of Ride + Workout’s website]

The class I took was actually a Ride/TRX Basics class, so we did the cycling for about 30 minutes and then the last 15 minutes we used the TRX (suspension training) system. (You can learn more about TRX here.) I had never done either, so it was a fun way to experience 2 new things! I’ll tell you now, after class my muscles were WEAK. Like, wobbly shaky weak. But in a good way :)

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[Images courtesy of Ride + Workout’s Facebook]

The instructor (Alicia’s good friend Bethany!) was incredibly friendly and helpful to me and the other new attendees – she showed us how to set the bike up, the proper height for the seat, and how our feet should be situated. More people filled up the other bikes and we all started slow cycling to warm up. As newbies, we were told to focus just on riding and form, and we could jump in and out of the more advanced moves as we felt comfortable. The lights were dimmed, the music was turned up, and we got to work! Non-stop spinning, with periods of more resistance and slower motions, mixed with periods of standing up and alternating in “jumps” made for some really awesome, intense cardio. I didn’t do as much of the standing up spinning because my legs aren’t as strong as I’d like them to be, plus with my heart condition I got tired pretty quickly. I did keep the intensity at a level I could handle but that also challenged me and I alternated between a lower resistance and faster pace with a higher resistance and lower pace. It was a lot of fun, and really got me sweating! The instructor showed me how to keep my feet and heels for better form, and she encouraged us to do whatever was comfortable for us. I am glad I pushed myself more than I normally would, but also knew when to do my own thing. After the 30 minute session, we did a quick cool down on the bike before hopping off and heading over to the TRX area.

It was interesting getting to use the suspension trainer for the first time, too. We did lunges, push ups (while we were standing), SO MANY PLANKS, and some other strength moves. Then we did a little stretching at the end. It was really intense and I got a great workout. I also learned how much work I need to do on my muscles, I don’t have much strength in my arms.

Overall, it was a fun experience and I will definitely take more spinning classes in the future. My only concern was the price – it does add up if you go enough (but if you love it, it’ll be worth it).

photo credit here

Thinking of trying spinning for the first time? Here are some of my suggestions:

  • Consider trying multiple locations and instructors. Part of the appeal is the experience and atmosphere, so you’ll want to find a place you feel comfortable and an instructor you like. Most places offer a discounted price for your first class, too.
  • Arrive to your first class early! The instructor will help get you ready with bike adjustments and just generally talking you through how the class will go.
  • Bring a hand towel. I did not bring a towel to my first class and while I was fine without it, it would’ve been nice to have to wipe off my forehead.
  • Bring a water bottle. You will definitely need this. Also the instructor told me to drink a lot of water after the class too – you want to stay hydrated.
  • Bring a friend (if you can). I went alone, which was fine… but it definitely would be more fun with a spinning buddy. Plus, if it’s both of your first times, you won’t feel so awkward. Then you’ll have someone you can start regularly going with!
  • Be prepared for your butt to hurt. I was told it would take about 3 classes for it to not hurt anymore. There’s no way around it, the seat is just not going to be comfortable and your butt will be sore afterwards for a day or two.
  • Don’t worry about getting spinning shoes until you know it’s something you want to do long-term (and even then, it’s not a requirement). Most places have cages that fit a regular tennis shoe, or may even offer a spinning shoe rental. For the price, it’s best to wait since they can be pricey (unless you find a good deal somewhere!).
  • Most importantly… HAVE FUN! Get in the moment, find your groove, and just enjoy it.

Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 11.1.2013

First day of a new month? Let’s just jump right into it then, shall we?…


Congrats to entry #155 which belongs to Melanie from melanie makes – who won the Fabulous Food Show ticket giveaway. Didn’t win? Click on over to Jen’s blog today, or you can purchase tickets online at fabulousfoodshow.com


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As we helped a friend move to the Hudson area last week, we hit up 3 Palms Pizzeria for some traditional moving fuel. Heads up gluten free eaters: there were plenty of options here – including those ugly cookies, which were something I was very happy to discover.

Thanks to Jess for sharing this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake recipe – I now have a birthday treat for a certain redhead in a few weeks!

This recipe for Chicken Quinoa Soup from Dina might make for a perfect PTO Friday cooking fest – thanks lady.

And one of these days, I’ll make my own hummus – this recipe from the Kripalu blog looks like the perfect base.


Good News: Smithsonian Yoga Exhibit Will Open This Weekend as Scheduled. But even BETTER news? The exhibit is coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art in summer 2014. I’ll be first in line!

lululemon shares how to wheel, one of my favorite poses.

How to purchase and care for a yoga mat is a question I’m asked a lot – so I’m glad to see Carla had Danielle guest post on this recently.

Another goodie from the same site: I Certainly Don’t Want To Teach You Yoga.  This extrovert even struggles, so the words “yoga is finding the courage to lead, even when you want to follow” especially got me.

…and from the “lessons learned via the yoga mat files”, I handed it over to elephant journal via Want to break out of your rut? Stop sucking it up.  How I wish I could say I penned those words… especially the last statement.


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Operation-Shoulder-Get-Better is back on track after a crazy month of October. I let my usual physical fitness routing slip in October, and I’m generally feeling it all over my body this first day of November. I know how happy I was to get my shoulder back to normal operating procedure last time around – so it’s time to buckle down to find that sweetness again, and some more strength this time around.

Also, I’m always working on this:

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(image ℅ recently stumbling upon be the breath’s Instagram page)

Here’s to removing the unnecessary over-planning and over-thinking, the Halloween candy, and most importantly: the excuses.


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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 10.18.2013

Feels like a good Friday to share another series of Link It Up posts from around the interwebs, doesn’t it?…


BIG NEWS FOLKS: Evolution Yoga is now open and ready for Cleveland yogis. If you are a long time East side practitioner, you know Evolution Yoga from its previous location at Eton Chagrin. Now after a hiatus, Evolution is  back, up and running in a new space at the corner of Emery and Richmond Roads in Warrensville Heights. I had the chance to swing by during the open house hours yesterday to find yogis trying out the rope wall:

Photo Oct 17, 5 05 33 PMOpen house hours continue today from 12-2PM and 5-7PM. Classes start tomorrow – Saturday, October 19.  And it’s very helpful to know that ALL CLASSES from the 19th through the 25th are FREE for everyone! You can find the entire class schedule over at their MINDBODY site. Check out their website for more details.


Katrina shared this Pumpkin Pie Dip recipe – consider supporting her fundraising efforts for the American Liver Foundation as she trains for her first half marathon!

This recipe for Spicy “Noodle” Bowl with Peanuts and Cilantro from Roni’s Green Lite Bites has my name written all over it.

…so do these healthy sweet potato skins from Pinch of Yum – a Pinterest find of mine.

…and if someone wanted to make these 4 Ingredient Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins for me, I really wouldn’t mind…


CLE Foodies share their Cleveland Cheap Eats: Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner – Part I, featuring a recent trips to eat some ridiculously good looking food around Greater Cleveland. Check out these not as well known – yet tasty – options.

Over at the Cleveland Magazine blog, Laura Taxel shared her recent return to J. Pistone on Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights. It’s one of my favorite lunch spots near my office – its marketplace features fun unique food items.

Calling all spinning enthusiasts! There’s a new spin studio in town! Check out Charity’s post on Harness Cycle - now open with its Cycle Lab on West 25th.

Speaking of spinning, Julie shares her thoughts on her recent experience at Ride + Workout which has been my spinning studio of choice - and cheers to her about dabbling back in her running shoes as well!


Yoga, Cycling and the Importance of Breath Control from YogaGlo.com’s blog appeared on the same day that the announcement that the Towpath is now back open! HUZZAH: Take that government shutdown!

From YOGANONYMOUS: I’m A Yoga Teacher Practicing Next to You, and I’m Scared Of You. Yup yup yup.

Looking for a glimpse into another’s experience of yoga teacher training? Check out Christine’s blog post.  You can feel how exhausted (in the best sense of that word) she is in the post – something that every YTT knows far too well after their first full weekend.

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Best study buddy ever.


4 Tips For Taking Criticism Without Breaking a Sweat from Carla AKA our one and only MizFitOnline. I just adore this woman.

From the Huffington Post: The 9 Happiness Mistakes You’re Probably Making. Again, yup.

Finally, Heather wins the internet this week with Sorry, Not Sorry.

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