Why I love indoor cycling

I began indoor cycling when I weighed around 275 pounds. It quickly became my FAVORITE form of cardiovascular exercise. Why? It's easy on the joints, the knees, YOU (the rider) are in charge of your own resistance (and no one knows how light or how heavy you are going with your gears!!) so you can make the class as hard or as easy as YOU want. It's all about YOU!

I was contacted by Spinning International/Mad Dogg Athletics in May 2011 right when I hit my goal weight. They had heard of my weight-loss success with cycling and offered me the opportunity to fly out to San Diego with my husband to film a commercial for Spinning. I jumped on the chance and my husband and I flew out for 5 days at the end of August 2011. It was an amazing experience and furthered my love for indoor cycling. While I was in San Diego, Mad Dogg asked if I would consider becoming a certified cycling instructor. At that point I didn’t feel that I was ready, so I declined.

Fast forward one year, lots of cycling later, and some encouragement from some pretty awesome cycling instructors, I decided to go for it. I contacted Mad Dogg who was still interested in having me on their team, and they sent me to training on Sunday December 2nd.

I learned SO MUCH!! But I still don’t feel ready to just hop on a bike and get in front of a group of riders and lead them through flats, hills, sprints, mountains, etc…I want to be the best teacher I can be, so I know I need more experience.

Enter my local cycling studio, Pura Cycling Studio. I had been in regular contact with them (and most of their instructors I am proud to call friends) and they knew I was going for my certification. I met with them yesterday (Friday) and asked if they would consider letting me “intern” under their awesome team, and they said YES!!  Both the owners are also certified under Spinning (Mad Dogg) and I’m pretty sure all the other instructors are certified through Les Mills (RPM) though they don’t teach RPM at Pura, it’s all freestyle. And it’s awesome.  I’ll have all the tools I need at my disposal to effectively learn how to lead riders through a fantastic cardio experience!  And with a wide variety of instructors who all teach their programs just a little bit differently I am certainly going to learn from the best and be able to craft my own unique style Cool

I’m just a little bit excited. AND....indoor cycling also is great training for OUTDOOR cycling. I do both, and let me tell you, I am a much better road rider because I cycle indoors. I fly when I get on my road bike. I trained for my triathlon and my endurance challenge more than 60% indoors.

Do you participate in an indoor cycle program? If so, which one? What type of terrain do you like the best? I love sprints and MOUNTAINS!!

And if you live in the Tampa Bay area, please check out Pura Cycling Studio. I have free passes for your first class so you can try it out and I'd love for you all to learn to love indoor cycling as much as I do!

This is a photo of me taken by the Tampa Tribune in January in the cycle room at my former gym.

Come to Jesus Friday

MetamorFit will be starting a new series. Every Friday I will have a "come to Jesus" talk. A Come to Jesus discussion is an emotional experience that is life changing resulting in a change. I would appreciate your feedback and welcome ideas for future "come to Jesus" discussions.

 

Change your routine

When it comes to my workout routine I pretty much stick to a specific schedule. Sure, life throws me curve balls sometimes and I adjust accordingly, but for the most part I know what I'm going to do on any given day. Yesterday I had a little curve ball when I decided to attend the GoGoSqueez Tampa Launch party (I'd been planning to attend for at least a week.) Normally on Wednesday morning I do a 2 mile run and then do an hour of Body Pump. But I'm learning to be flexible with my workout schedule and KNOW that as long as I get it in, it's all good baby!! I didn't get my run in, but I did do an hour of Body Pump. I dropped the kids off at school and headed down to the PARTY!

GoGoSqueez Party in Aisle 20! The new line of GoGoSqueez, Fresh Fruit is ONLY sold at Target!!

 

It was nice to break up the routine and meet some new friends that I'd been chatting with online for a few weeks, but they felt like old friends Wink We are all members of the Tampa Bay Bloggers. You can't really see my shirt, but it has a gingerbread man with a broken leg and it say's "oh snap." I thought it was pretty clever.

(Left to right: Holly of Ask the Fit Coach, me, Caroline of My Fascinating Life, Denise of RunDMT, Johnny of Fitness Kings, Tricia of Healthy Homemade)

GoGoSqueez was also nice enough to give me a bag to give of yummy goodness to give away to one of my readers!!

The bag contains one 4-pack of GoGoSqueeZ apple-strawberry applesauce on the go, one 4-pack of GoGoSqueeZ Fast Fruit, two coupons, and some funny fruit tattoos. If you would like to win this bag, please leave a comment below and let me know that you like GoGoSqueez. I'd also like it if you had a Twitter account so you could post a review on Twitter, but that's not a requirement! Ronin will pick the winner next week on Friday!

 

Marisa (@TampaMama) is the local GoGoSqueez rep and she said it's great for the kids lunch boxes especially if you FREEZE it and then you can use it as an ice-pack, and by lunch time it's like a slushy. I did that with the kids lunches today, so we'll see what they have to say when I pick them up this afternoon!

Continuing with the change your routine theme of this post, I got a BAD leg cramp in my left calf last night around 4am, it started around my ankle and went all the way up. I jumped out of bed, stretched it out, and went back to sleep. This morning when I started to think about what was on my schedule I started to hem and haw....CXWORX and Body Attack. No issue with CX, love it, do it nearly every day. But Body Attack. I don't love it. The jumping really bothers my calf muscles. Then I remembered my calf attack in the middle of the night and started to question my routine. Should I just push through it and do Body Attack regardless, or maybe I should switch it up and do another cardio exercise. I drove to the gym still unsure what I was going to do. And then I saw my friend and asked her what she was going to do after CX. And she said "run on the treadmill." Bam, there was my answer. I was going to run.

She got on her treadmill about 5 minutes before me, so I had some catching up to do. Wink

Overall my workout consisted of a 30 minute ab shredding courtesy of CXWORX and a 5k on the treadmill. I am so glad that I decided to change up my routine!! My calf muscles don't hurt, I got in some sprint work, and I feel great! I might even change my routine tomorrow. Wink