I stepped way out of my comfort zone – and survived!

Remember back in December 2011 when I declared it All About Me time and I pledged to try new things, including taking a group fitness class?

Well, I’m happy to report that I FINALLY did it.  It only took me 3 years and 2 months to get up the courage. 🙂  Disclaimer: it wasn’t a bounce around on your two feet type class, which I still don’t have the courage to do.  It was a spin sort of class (more below).  And not only did I survive, but I had fun!  And I’m combing the schedule to see when I can fit another one in this week!

I decided on a whim yesterday to look for something new to do during my self-imposed running hiatus.  I had heard about a local studio called Pedal Wild, but didn’t really know much, other than the bikes are funky, not your “normal” spin bikes.  Turns out that their bikes and the classes are just perfect for me – because they give you an all over body workout.  And it’s only minutes away from my house.  They are “Real Ryder” bikes – designed to simulate real riding, with more movement side to side that works the core because you have to stabilize.  The instructor would yell out when we were supposed to lean side to side and we’d hold it for certain length of time, switching hand positions. Video of them here:

When the instructor set me up before class, she assured me that no one had ever fallen on them.  I told her that I’ve fallen on my trainer in my house, so might very well be the first person ever to wipe out in her class.  She looked horrified. 🙂

I didn’t fall.  I didn’t embarrass myself. No one looked at me and pointed and made fun of how uncoordinated I am.  Time flew by. It was a very good workout – working my core and my upper body as well as my legs.

real ryder

I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone!

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