A KILLER spin workout to try and 8 random things to tell you.

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I am a huge spin fan.  I was a spin instructor for 9 years and I still get on my bike a time or two each week for a sweaty workout.  I think that cycling in general is awesome for runners and I sure love the spin bike because I can do it all year long, day or night and I don’t have to worry about cars, stoplights or getting a flat tire.  

I think that spin is perfect for runners for a few reasons:

-It teaches your legs to have a speedy turnover.  You get your legs really moving on a spin bike and I think that helps to translate to a faster leg turnover/cadence when you are running.  

-It is a very LOW-impact workout with huge cardiovascular benefits.  It builds both your muscular strength and muscular endurance.  Win-win.  My body can only handle so many miles each week but I can supplement in as much spin as I want without getting injured if I am really wanting to increase my overall fitness and get stronger. 

-Spin also helps with our brain game.  I left my very first spin class after just 15 minutes.  It is hard.  It takes a lot of mental strength to keep going and after training my brain and body for a bit I was able to last for longer and longer.  When race day comes and you want to quit you can not only think about the running workouts during your training cycle that you wanted to quit but also your spin workouts that you wanted to quit but FINISHED STRONG!!!!

PS THIS IS THE SPIN BIKE that I have at home.  I have had it for about 5 years now and I still love it very much.  My full review is HERE!

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How I rate the tension/hill—>  1-10.  1 being feeling like you are flying downhill, 5 being a flat road and 10 being your wheels actually stopping because the tension is so high (so, I never do a 10… a 9 is pretty much straight uphill).  Basically I usually stay between a 5-9.  I don’t know why I rate it the way I do but it has worked for me:)   

Jumps—>  Lightly lifting and lowering out of the saddle.  The handle bars are for balance, not to pull yourself in and out of the saddle… Let your legs do the work.  I usually alternate on counts of 4 but you can also do counts of 8.  IE 4 beats standing and 4 beats sitting—> repeat.

Lock and Load—>  I usually do these with a low tension.  Raise about an inch or two above the saddle with your hips back and over the saddle.  From the hips up there is no movement.  No bounce or side to side.  The legs do all of the moving and the core is tight.  Keep a light grip on the handlebars.  

Sprint—>  If you are bouncing around in your saddle when you are doing this then you do not have enough tension on your wheel.  I usually do sprints with the tension of a flat road.  Go all out.  Go nuts.  You’re a cheetah when it comes to these sprints!  

Run—>  Out of the saddle, side to side run/jog.  More of a recovery move in-between the really hard stuff.  Feel free to recover also in the saddle.  

You can find some of my spin playlists HERE and here is a killer workout to try!  Also, take more breaks if you need to… this is a tough workout so if you need more recovery time/frequency then take it! Progress not perfection!

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-At school Brooke learned all about washing her hands and they sent her home with some soap too… She wants to bring it with her everywhere now.  Monk Jr.  

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-I always add a handful of spinach to my Trader Joe’s Minestrone soup.  It’s a great decision if you want to try it out.  

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-Did you read about this amazing dog?   He ran a half-marathon and placed seventh overall.  I want him.  

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-She likes kissing my nose and covers my mouth to ensure this happening.

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-Art projects are our current thing.  

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-Car chats are kind of the best—> thanks Lindsey for taking me on one.  

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-She still isn’t embarrassed by my outfits yet.  Comfort and warmth come before fashion.  

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-Why were these even created? 

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Do you enjoy biking or spin?  Ever taken spin classes?  

Finish the sentence:  When I can’t run because of injury I really hope that I can still _____________ (fill in with your favorite cross-training activity).  

How often do you cross-train?

Dog people—>  does your dog ever run with you?

Candy that you don’t understand why people eat?

-Circus peanuts, good & plenty, whoppers, black licorice.  

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When I was injured spin became my favorite form of cross training, but I haven’t been on a spin bike in so long! Something tells me with the winter and now snow that I’ll be getting back on one soon.

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I’ve never been one for spin classes, but when I’m training for triathalons I really love getting in the zone on the bike. But now’s the time where I admit that it’s not my favorite. In fact I think I’m just a die-hard runner although I love love mountaining biking so maybe that counts?

Knock on wood I haven’t been injured in a really long time, but I would still want to swim for the cardio and I love rock climbing so if I could still do those things I’d be happy.

I don’t understand the appeal of 3 musketeers.

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WHAT?! 3 musketeers are one of my favs! :)

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I LOVE 3 Musketeers too!!!

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I love going on long walks or the elliptical if I’m inside. I usually cross train 1-2x per week.

Our dog is 10 and he can still out run me for several miles. After about 3 he gets tired and I get him home so I can keep going. He’s a great running partner though! I loved that article about the bloodhound, so cool!

I’m with you on black licorice. I don’t understand boiled peanuts either. Can’t do it.

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I’ve taken 2 spin classes in my entire life. I will say I was extremely sore afterwards. Do you think you would go back to teaching spin class again? I’m glad you’re able to do that though with your toe, it’s nice when you can cross train with things you can enjoy…during my metatarsal fracture, for a while all I was allowed to do was swim and I didn’t want too…so I didn’t cross train. HAHA.

Do you not like Whoppers? I have to admit they are one of my favorite candies.

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Mine, too. I can’t have chocolate anymore and I’m Celiac so I’m pretty sure those suckers are death in a package to me. I still love them.

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Spin is definitely hard! I always feel like I’m watching the clock and counting down the minutes when I take spin classes.

I don’t understand Whoppers, either. I also don’t get jawbreakers. I mean, WHY?

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Yes. Jawbreakers. Why?

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I must confess that I’m not a big fan of spinning (or cycling, for that matter) – I’d much rather swim a few lengths in the (heated) gym pool if/when I’m injured. Not too sure why??

My youngest also has a fascination with my nose – he keeps on touching it and saying: “Your nosey!”! :)

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I am all about swimming, too! I actually swim 1-2 times per week all the time. I love cycling but it needs to be outside. I can’t spin inside. Wish I could because it’s a great workout but I always choose the pool :)

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I do a spin class once or twice a week depending on hubby being able to watch the kid or not ;-) Love it…! It’s great how it makes the legs feel stronger but at the same time it also feels like a recovery workout from running . I did a few duathlons in the past and really liked it so I also feel like spin training is a great option in a country where you can only bike outside for 3 or 4 months ;-) Thanks for sharing this workout! Much appreciated!

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I saw that story about the dog running the half marathon—how funny! My dog loves to go run, but he’s a little guy so we usually only do 3-4 miles together.

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The dog story is too cute! I was jealous if his pace. I got on the spin bike yesterday and was hard how hard I pushed- definitely on of my favorite non running cardios.

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I saw that article! So cool. I love how the owner was surprised the dog ran it all because “he’s usually lazy” haha! If only I could be lazy and be that fast! I run with my dog sometimes, she’s a really good runner so I should do it more often!

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I taught spin for 4 years and still love it! Great for cross training. I used the same cues for tension on the hill. And that dog….how amazing!

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I love spin classes because they are typically loud and dark and I can close my eyes when it gets really hard! I’d never survive riding outdoors!

When my dog was younger, she was horrible on a leash and would drag me all over the neighborhood. Now she’s too old for long runs :(

Send me all the Whoppers, I’ll send you the candy corn!!

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That dog story is great! I still enjoy lifting weights if I’m injured and focus on strengthening my whole body. I just got a pup (a rescue lab/german short-haired pointer) 5 months ago. The intent is that when she is a little older (their bones need to mature before long distance running) she will be at my side when I’m running. I can’t wait!

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I’m in the same boat- can’t wait till my rescue pup is old enough to start running with me! She is a black-mouth cur/ boxer mix, 4 months old. We got her when she was only 8 weeks old.

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I LOVE the blue pants you’re wearing. Where are they from?? Brooks??

I’ve taken a few spin classes, I wouldn’t say I “enjoy” it, but it is a killer workout and when I finish a class I feel about as bada** as finishing a speed workout!

When I can’t run because of injury I really hope I can still do bodypump!

I don’t cross-train often enough and I’m embarrassed by this.

And all of your candies listed pretty much cover it. I can’t stand black licorice and my dad loooooves it. Makes me question if we’re actually related.

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Cycling is my one true love– but only outside. I hate indoor cycling maaaaaaybe more than I hate the treadmill. I’m stoked for spring/summer so I can get out and climb some canyons again!

I’m a triathlete, so I cross-train a lot. :) This winter, I’ve been running 3x a week and swimming and cycling once or twice a week for each, depending on the weather and what I feel like doing. :)

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I am w/ you! I am basically a tri-athlete with my main focus on running, but if I can’t cycle outside, then I just swim more! This winter I am running 4 x, swimming 2 x and then a perfect rest day. Looking forward to when I can bike outside again!

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I love spin classes, and my favorite is flywheel in Boston. I’m excited that there’s a soul cycle opening closer to where I live! Thanks for the great spin workout!! Ps- I agree with you re- whoppers! :)

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I’m not a huge fan of spinning. I think I’m traumatized from the last class I went to-the instructor wasn’t in his bike and would call out commands that I had no idea what they meant. I tried to follow the other people in the class but it didn’t go very well.

I love other types of exercise though. Jazzerice, HIIT classes, strength training, yoga-just about everything else. If I was injured and couldn’t run, I hope I’d still be able to do just about anything else. I’d go crazy with no workouts!

My dog loves to go on runs with me. She actually behaves better on her leash when we’re running than when we’re just on a walk. I love that story about the dog running a half marathon.

Candy-agreed on the black licorice. Also Red Vines. I like Twizzlers but Red Vines are nasty!

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Yep. Agreed. Red Vines…they’re like…plastic. ::shudder:: Twizzlers are the best.

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I don’t cross train enough! But I am trying to do more this marathon training cycle. Speaking of cycles (ha!), I have had a knee issue every time I try a spin class. That’s the only time it bothers me. Running doesn’t bother it. Odd. Spinning looks like such a great workout though. Although the seat also causes me pain…

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Ohhhh candy that makes me question people? Those DOTS candies that always seem to glue my teeth together! I love chewy candy but those seem to just be torturous to eat, their texture does not work for me at all.

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WHERE are those blue joggers from? They’re so cute. I think I need them in my life.

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Right now I’m cross training about 3 times a week. I haven’t gone to a spin class in a long time but last year I would go once a week and I really liked it… After the workout not during it haha.

Agreed, I don’t understand black licorice. Like why. Haha

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Good n plenty are super nasty. Whoppers are like eating chocolate covered styrofoam and kitkat are like chocolate covered cardboard. All though if the kitkat is laying around and the only choice out or the choice between that and one of the other two, I’ll take it.

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Being a triathlete, I cross-train all the time. I usually ride on the trainer at least 2-3 times a week for an hour or more. Cycling would have to be my favorite form of cross-training for the reasons you mention: low impact, great workout, and something different. I much prefer riding my bike outside, but that is just not possible during our winter months.

Candy that I DO NOT understand → Good & Plenty, Mounds, Almond Joy, Black Licorice anything

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Today it was pouring outside so I did an hour cross training on the elliptical! I change up the intensity and the incline every 10 minutes which makes the work out so much better and keeps it fun and different!

When it comes to spinning, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to get into it. However, I realized that my knees can’t handle it! I don’t have runners knee and can run miles upon miles but when it comes to spinning, my knees feel awful! Have you ever heard of runners having this issue? Since running would (and probably) should cause my knees to ache before spinning would, it just seems so strange haha!

And when I’m injured I always hope that I can still do my reformer pilates! I swear by this method of exercise. It has made me such a better runner and it challenges me physically and mentally every class. It’s a low impact total body workout that is a blessing for injuries and just for athletes in general! I have seen SUCH a tremendous change in my body from this workout than I have from doing cardio!

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your seat is probably too low if your knees hurt on the bike.

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I have that same spin bike at home! I love it! I haven’t taken any classes at the gym but I have done a few online classes. You should give an online spin class! That would be a lot of fun.

When I can’t run because of injury I really hope that I can still weight lift.

I cross train every few days or so. Trying to lose a little weight and extra muscle helps with that. Lots of lifting and yoga.

My dog has run with me before… but she is not the best running dog. She takes off and it takes a bit of power to get her to slow down. (Doberman Mix) She loves going on walks though. She gets pretty overheated though so for Christmas I got her a doggy water bottle. She always sits on top of the AC vent after a walk. Smart dog!

I love Whoppers, but not in the fun size portion. I feel like the plastic wrappers gives them a weird taste. I prefer to eat them out of the carton. I 100% agree with you on the black licorice! BLEH! I can’t even stomach fennel because of all the anise flavor….

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What a great dog! I tried running with mine but its hard when he wants to stop at EVEERY tree, ha!
I haven’t taken a spin class before but I’ve heard its a great workout. My gym doesn’t have spin :-(
I don’t like black licorice, snickers or baby Ruth.

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WWHHHAAAA?!? who doesn’t like whoppers?? man oh man, they are one of my favs.

Spin is one of my favorite classes to take of all time. I took my first class about 2 years ago and it put me in the BEST shape of my life…tthheeenn I had a baby HAHA. I will admit I think it helped speed my recovery because of my level of fitness. My goal it to get back into it….just gotta find the time! eeek

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I ran the Elkmont Half! Ludivine the bloodhound has become a celebrity in our running community (and apparently everywhere else!). I finished about 4 minutes behind her. When I saw her wearing her medal, it made my day! My dog runs with me, but she hasn’t reached the half marathon distance yet. :)

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Where did you get those adorable blue jogger pants?!

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ive done a few spin classes and they are killer! i probably have terrible form but im pouring sweat when Im done. my first class I wanted to leave after 15 minutes too, but my friend was the instructor so there was no getting out for me! you have to share the secret on how to not make your booty hurt after…you know what i mean…that awkward pain when you arent used to riding a bike…hate that.

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Haha I agree about the seat hurting! I find it gets better if you do it regularly, which I usually don’t and is one of the reasons why I don’t bike often!

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I have done spin classes in the past and they are definitely tough but it also really depends on the instructor. I left a class early once because the instructor annoyed me so bad! Barely said anything and then would lie about how much time we had left in each section. Such as “30 more seconds!” 30 seconds passes “Let’s push for 30 more!” NO! I was also having a bad day… LOL.

Circus peanuts, good & plenty, whoppers, black licorice – YUCK to all of these!

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Oh P.S. I saw the article about the dog and I was a bit worried because a dog in my hometown did that once and everyone thought it was fun and great and then the dog died later :( So sad!

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I definitely like spinning as cross-training and have thought about getting a bike for my home gym. Not sure how much I would actually use it, but I would much rather spin than use an elliptical or be in the pool!

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Ugh! black licorice! Gross! Who thought it was a good idea to make black licorice? And the black jelly bellies! Don’t even get me started!

I actually have never taken a spin class, but really want to. I was going to try it out last weekend, but wasn’t able to. So, here’s hoping for this weekend. ;)

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I appreciate this workout. I like doing my own spin workouts when I can’t make a class but sometimes I’m not sure what to do!

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I lovvvvve my spin bike!!!!! I use it about 3 times a week. I posted a little circuit spin workout a couple weeks ago, it kicks my butt. I can’t wait to try this one! It’s such a great way to workout and catch up on shows.
If I’m injured I hope I can still spin, do barre and yoga. I’m addicted to all things fitness. Don’t make me choose.
I love whoppers. But good n plenty’s are like eating plastic. Whoever invented the Charleston chew should be banned from candy making.

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I have a Vizsla and if I were ever to run WITHOUT him…I would be in very big trouble! He is happy to go out in any temp or weather conditions and has his very own shoes for winter (plus a jacket!). He trained for my marathon with me a few years ago…somehow those long runs were not even enough for him!

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Is it me, or is no one noticing Brookes shoes on the wrong feet in the soap picture?! so cute.

Spinning is my favorite – and I.love.Whoppers

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OMG, I saw that dog story yesterday and cried because it was so sweet!
My husband ran with our coonhound all the time. She could easily run 6 miles at a 7 minute pace.

Also, I LOVE that Brook’s shoes appear to be on the wrong feet in the soap pic. I let my daughter put on her own shoes, and I don’t think it is necessary to always correct her at this stage. It drives my family crazy but I don’t want to squash her sense of independence! That, and sometimes I don’t notice right away, lol

I will never understand candy corn. Never.

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I LOVE SPIN!!! I used to be anti bikes then a friend dragged me to her early morning spin class when I was visiting her. From that moment on, I was hooked. I never thought I could like biking that much. Now I’m getting my spin certification in April so I can start teaching. Funny how one moment in your life can change everything right?

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I think biking is SO hard, which is probably why I’ve never done a spin class, and also probably why I should do a spin class. When I can’t run because of injury I really hope I can still play tennis. I play 2-3 times a week. I really don’t think of it as cross-training, just a fun way to exercise with my girlfriends. I do not understand malted milk balls, circus peanuts, mounds, and almond joy.

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Do you enjoy biking or spin? Ever taken spin classes?

When I can’t run because of injury I really hope that I can still WALK!

How often do you cross-train? I consider my commute to work cross training because it involves walking and climbing a boat ton of stairs! I get almost 10,000 steps a day just commuting.

Duncan came running with me twice! 3-4 miles is about his max. I just enjoy my time alone when I run so having to stop short for him to sniff or the opposite, getting pulled because he sees a squirrel takes the zen part out of the equation. But I can walk with him for hours. And we go hiking a lot where he is off leash.

I agree with the Whoppers…yuck and black licorice too.

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I don’t spin. I have few times, but prefer HIIT.
I HATE black licorice with a passion. You could torture me with it. I do like whoppers. But I don’t see the reason for dots. Or 3 musketeers. I just eat the chocolate off around the edges. And for the red licorice debate: I hate red vines & like twizzlers.

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I loveee spinning! I always break a killer sweat. I cross train a decent amount since I have had some injuries in the past, it is easier on my body. Lately Ive been running more than usual though and feeling great so hopefully my body can keep that up through half marathon training!

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I left my first spin class last week after 20 minutes. It was so hard! I thought because I run pretty well it would be easy…boy was I wrong! I need to go back and face it and work on getting stronger and finishing the workout!

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I LOVEEEEEE spinning! Take it two or three times a week and teach once a week.

Spin and strength train when injured.

I cross-train always! Spin and strength train. Especially in the winter when my mileage is the lowest.

LOVE LOVE running with my dog. She is an Australian Shepherd. Best running partner ever!

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Spin class is fun! If the class has great music I’ll make it through okay! I also love that the runs are dark, so there really isn’t any competition since you cant see anyone. It’s just you, the bike and the music!

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I just started doing spin again and really love it! A lot of the instructors are adding in arm movements and some core exercises like pushups on the handlebars as well as using the exercise bands. Soulcycle does this too (I took a class there a couple weeks ago).
It feels like such an accomplishment to actually match my cycle to the beat of the music sometimes, especially when it’s fast!

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We just brought home a yorkie puppy! There’s no way she could ever run with me, but she does run a lot :) She cracks us up in the morning because as soon as we let her out of her crate she SPRINTS around the house. We call it “the zoomies!” She’s so fast!

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I loved that dog story, she probably would have taken a higher place if she didn’t stop to socialize. My dog is not good to run with. She likes to stop and sniff, not good when my two feet don’t stop as quickly as her four.

A dog received a medal at the last 1/2 marathon I did. She was a small breed but she did the whole darn thing.

I despise Kit Kats and any chocolate with crispy rice in it. eww I like malted milk balls but I prefer the dark chocolate ones at a chocolatier as opposed to Whoppers. I used to love Circus Peanuts, that sweet banana taste. Now they’re way too sweet; but I think that about most candy… My mom adores black licorice and Good n Plenty. meh

I am not a fan of spin. I’ve tried but no.

When I can’t run due to injury I really hope I can still Dance. Doesn’t matter what type I love almost all of it. Freeing, fun and I don’t think of it as “I”m exercising.”

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I love biking & I love spinning! I’m genuinely considering getting a spin bike in the next year or two once I get a little more settled down. I love that I could spin at home in front of the TV if I’m training & just need to get more miles in.

I cross train usually at least 3 days a week. I love lifting weights, so I hope if I ever can’t run that I can still lift weights. Or swim, I love to swim.

I’m with ya, who eats Good & Plenty?

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I’ve been to one spin class and I loved it! Definitely need to go more! I have been trying to get more cross training in because I see such benefits. I always get some time in on my elliptical in the winter (when ice is an issue). I’m with you on circus peanuts. But I like all licorice :)

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I haven’t really given spinning a fair chance, but you make some really good points about how helpful it can be to running!

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I love love love spin class. It’s such a hard workout for me and we always have great instructors at my gym.

So true about the Whoppers – worst candy ever!

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I. LOVE. spin class! I add 2 classes/week into my routine and I have found that my endurance and speed workouts on the treadmill have only gotten better! (Maybe not just because of spin, but I am giving it some cred). Also, if anyone wants to practice their “strong finish”, running anywhere from a mile to 20 minutes on the treadmill after a spin class is a good “push yourself to the finish line” scenario because your legs are beat.

Where did you get those blue pants???

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http://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/brooks-womens-run-thru-pant/221060.html?dwvar_221060_color=424

That is seriously such a good idea Kaitlin… I’m going to do this! Love this idea!

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Ahhhh I’m so glad you posted that workout! It sounds so fun.
I enjoy spinning A LOT! I take a spin class every Saturday at the apartment I live in.
When I can’t run because of injury I really hope that I can still SPIN.
I usually cross train about 2-3 times a week. I will do some spinning on the Saturday and I usually use it during the week as a cross training day. I also do it after a run sometimes. I tried running with my dogs when I still lived with my mom and they had to stop after 1 mile :/

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I used to teach spin class at our local health club. Love it for crosstraining. I have my road bike on a trainer for cold days and injuries….Unfortunately using it more than I’d like right now, but I do like doing intervals on it when I have to go to the basement to workout!

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I have to agree Whoppers are disgusting! I don’t know how anyone can like them ha! I think your comfy outfits are super cute! That’s the way to go sometimes. ;) I would love to try a spin class but I am so nervous that I am going to be so horrible ha! I have never taken one before.

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Hahaha I love your irrational hatred of Whoppers!

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I love spin classes and this is a good reminder that I have not been cross-training enough. It’s so true that spin is such a great way to get some more conditioning in without the stress that running puts on your body. I totally LOL-ed at your Monk Jr. comment, being a teacher has turned me into a bit of a germaphobe so I can totally relate. My husband loves circus peanut and I just don’t get it. Sending you healing vibes! :)

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I love spin classes. I’d say I cross-train about once a week. Right now I’m cutting back on my running to do more weights so we’ll see where that goes. I’m also not currently training for any races. :(

As for candy, why does anyone eat Neccos? (barf)

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That dog is amazing………….she looked like she was having a blast!
I have not tried spin……maybe one day. I like biking on my cruiser bike for good cross training. My husband goes with me so it’s like a workout date! I agree with your candy selections, but would also add almond joy, mounds, and butterfinger. I don’t like the texture of coconut ( love the flavor though) and butterfinger gets stuck in your teeth.

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That’s too funny about that Bloodhound. I have a Walker Hound and he could run forever. Hounds were just designed to keep going forever ? And then they are huge couch potatos – best of both worlds!

I love your warm outfit! I agree warmth over fashion always!!

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I have a wiener dog sooooooo no, she does not come running with me! lol

I LOOOOOVE black licorice and whoppers!! Hahaha!! But hard candy? No idea why anyone likes that stuff! lol

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I’m terrible because I don’t have a back-up exercise for running that I really love… I like some strength training (which I attempt to do 1-2 times a week) and I can tolerate the elliptical, but running is my love. So, praying that I never get seriously injured, haha. How are you handling your injury, Janae? Been thinking about you. Hope you’re still doing okay.

I gotta disagree with you on the Whoppers – I’m a fan. In fact, I’m realizing there aren’t a lot of candies that I’m not a fan of, haha.

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I LOVE whoppers!!!!!!!!

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I’ve never taken a formal spin class, but I do have a regular old exercise bike that I’ve used on and off for years. Spin looks so fun though!

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Favorite cross-training for me is rowing.

I have a young female pointer that LIVES to run. She has no problem with our 2 – 3 hour long runs but I doubt she would ever jump into a half marathon like that Bloodhound did….my dog sticks to me like glue.

Whoppers are icky. Black licorice too.

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I love taking spin classes! Both of my doggies are good runners!! My little one (10lbs) used to run 5 miles with me a few times per week!

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That dog is amazing! I love that they gave him a medal!

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I love the bike! For winter cross training, I throw my bike on the trainer and watch movies or do a workout to my favourite music.

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LOVE black licorice, I know it’s weird. Hate whoppers.

Where are those blue pants from??

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I love my spin bike. It’s old and I bought it on Craigslist for like $200 but I love it. It’s a great way to cross train or to take a break from running. I happen to enjoy black licorice. I don’t eat a whole lot of it, but it’s fun every once in a while.

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Love my spin bike lately. I hurt a hammie followed closely by a knee injury. Yuck! The spin bike is the only thing that has kept me sane. And I get some good reading done at the same time, something I cannot do when running!

I run with my german shorthaired pointer, Rosemary. She LOVES to run. I switched jobs last year and don’t run as much, however, so she is a little heavier than normal. Time to start fitting in the miles! She is the best – eager to go at 5:00 am. She is great off-lead and I don’t have to worry about her at all.

We also have a one-year old Vizsla, Sage. He is all boy, if you know what I mean, and runs with my husband. He is our mellow fellow and will soon be running off-lead like his big sis. He isn’t as excited about going for runs (that mellow part) but loves it once he is on the road.

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I have to admit I have only tried a spin class once. Stuck out the whole class. I had to – my girlfriends were all in it. When I got to the door to leave, my legs got all wobbly and I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the car!!
That picture of Brooke covering your mouth – I thought she was trying to keep you from talking. haha.

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If I am or was injured I would hope I could still practice yoga!
I love when my boys want to eskimo kiss…it is life changing ;)
My dogs went 14 of my 17 miles last weekend! I don’t know what I would do without them.
I don’t like jaw breakers! I am girl who likes to chew my candy easily…I don’t really care for black licorice either..it smells and tastes funny!

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I just bought a puppy (!!!) and I have high hopes to take long walks with him when he’s a bit bigger. No plans to make him a running partner, though

I’m finally back at spin classes thanks to a new gym membership. Love the sweaty mess it leaves me :) Do you plan to go back to teach? I’m thinking of becoming an instructor in the future :)

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I had to stop reading the comments. I wanted to answer them all. Candy is my thing.

I can’t stand Good n Plenty, black licorice and the circus peanuts. So..gross…

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Oh! And Red Vines for sure. yuck

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I actually am one of those people who LOVE circus peanuts and even ate them during my first 100 mile race because I do not like gels and wanted some instant sugar!

When we are injured, we hope that the weather is super awful so that we can use the time to just let our bodies recover, do nothing, and not be tempted to start running again too soon!

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I love spin classes for cross training. I have a bike trainer at home but it isn’t the same as a spin class. Oh and that dog story is awesome! I read about it a few days ago and put a big ol’ smile on my face.

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I miss having my gym membership, just for the spin classes!

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I absolutely love spin classes. I have a membership where my friend teaches a couple times a week. She was the one who really got me into these classes. They were so hard at first but I’ve found them to be so rewarding, especially when I’m cross training.
I’m getting closer to my race so I’m trying to do more low-impact cardio so I can keep my knees in check.

I don’t understand how people eat black licorice or circus peanuts. Ugh.

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I’m a spin instructor too! Love!

Also add to the list of gross candy- those flavored tootsie rolls. ?

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Candy that gags: circus peanuts, candy corn, peeps

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You should do a spin class podcast. I’d virtually spin with you!

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I love whoppers! I’ll take yours anytime. Circus peanuts are weird.
My best ever running partner is mybdog. In her prime she would log in 14 miles with me and ready to play ball in the back yard afterwards.
She is now 8 years old. She still runs with me but I drop her off after 3-4 miles.
She has gotten me out the door many days.
I would love to get a spin bike for home. In Phoenix winter is for outdoor workouts. Summer is when the spin bike is needed.

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Thank you for the spin tips! I took a SoulCycle class a while back and felt like I was the only one not doing things right haha!

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I’d love some more of your spin workouts! I’ve done this one loads at home and it is perfect! :)

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Looks like a great workout, would love to give it a try!
What is a 1 minute lock & load?

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