“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen
I came across this quote this morning, and although it is a little cliche, I think it holds true. No matter how stressed out, down or lonely I sometimes feel, a good sweaty workout, cry or look out across a wide body of water tends to make me feel so much better. I only wish I lived closer to water that’s not creepishly murky like the good ol’ Missouri River.
It’s been a stressful past few months – from marathon training, to a busy work schedule, and financial worries – but things are starting to balance out. My long distance boyfriend is coming in town in 9 days, and I get to be with him for a full two weeks. He’s in the military, so our limited time together is really valuable. We’ll be in KC for one week, and then traveling to Seattle for a week to visit his brother. I can’t wait.
Back to that good sweaty workout I mentioned above, i’ve really been getting into spin classes this week. I thought I would give a quick review my current spin gym, Fusion Fly, for anyone interested in trying it out for the first time.
Let me first say, I used to hate spin classes. I always thought they dragged on forever, and the instructors were either boring or way too intense. I just never felt comfortable “in the saddle” so to speak. Fusion Fitness is a local chain (with three locations in Kansas City) that offers a variety of intense exercise classes, ranging from cardio, to bootcamp and barre. I’ve been incorporating these classes into my cross-training schedule for the past year, and LOVE the improvements they have made on my upper body, core and mental strength. I walk out of every class drenched in sweat, and immediately feel the benefits of the workout.
I recently snatched up a discount to try their spin classes, and am so glad I did! These classes changed my mind about indoor spinning. Similar to their other excercise classes, each spin class is different, and focuses on different areas of the body. Below are the classes, with details pulled from their website:
Divided into 10 minute increments, this class will burn fat and work your arms and core to the max. This class will rotate through spinning, arm toning, and ab strengthening 10 minutes at a time — totaling one hour of sweaty fun.
Get the best of both worlds with a half spin, half old-school Fusion class to work your cardio and elongate and strengthen your muscles. A challenging, 30 minute spin session will keep your heart rate up and build endurance, then we’ll tone and burn out muscle groups Fusion-style for 30 minutes — the perfect balance for your Dream Body.
The Up Side
This hour class has it all! Starting with a 40 minute ride you will burn hundreds of calories and tone your legs and buns while working through sprints, climbs and jumps on the bike. Your upper body will thank you for the 20 minute burnout of arms and abs after your ride. Plan to walk out of this class feeling proud of your hard-core full body workout.
(photo curtesy of http://www.fusionfitness.com)
My favorite classes so far have been spinTENse and The Up Side, each incorporating a good amount of upper body and core workouts mixed in with the spin. I encourage you try these if you are trying to find a spin class that is energetic, welcoming and fun! Plus – major calorie burns – with an average 500-600 calories burned in one 60 – min. class!