So, you had your first spin class and you’re feeling… conflicted. On the one hand, it was fun! You had a blast! On the other hand… things are… uncomfortable… and you’re not sure if that amazing playlist and those endorphins are worth what that bike seat has done to anger your butt.
I’m glad we’re talking about this, though. Pull up your inflatable donut seat and let’s discuss:
Nearly *every single person* who takes spin class for the first time is going to feel some discomfort in their (what we love to call) “seat muscles.” *sings You Are Not Aloneeeeeeee*
Seriously, though, we’ve all been there! You might be asking yourself… well why would you ever want to go back?! Call us crazy, but that dark room, those black lights and that disco ball, and sweating it out to our favorite songs just makes it impossible to stay away.
Believe it or not, there are ways that you can reduce the initial discomfort of the bike seat (yes! There’s hope!).
Adjust your bike seat: it moves forward and backward and it takes a few tries to get the right feeling for your body. Before your next spin class, try adjusting the seat to see if it feels better. Always feel free to ask your instructor for some guidance on this, too.
Give the booty a break: most spin classes will have you standing up out of the seat a lot anyway, but even if we’re not doing that and you need to stand up and give your butt a break – DO IT! It’s your workout and your comfort is most important. Don’t be afraid to break with the group and do what you gotta do to make the most of your class.
Ultimately, the promise we make to you is that just like any other exercise, there will be some initial discomfort but it will reduce with time. When I did walking lunges across the gym floor for the first time, the next morning I woke up, I thought I’d never walk again! Growing pains are a part of any exercise programming, but at Rebel Cycle Studio, we’re dedicated to helping you (and your butt) get through it!