Fit and Fashionable Friday: Girls Night Out Spin Class!

Urban Life Spin (2)

Source: Urban Life

Happy almost Friday! I am linking up again this week with Nicole from Fitful Focus for Fit’n’Fashionable Friday.  Last week I posted all about Soybu’s cute active apparel that blends style with performance.  This week I am going to change gears and tell you all about a complimentary spin class I was recently invited to try out at Urban Life Spin.

When I was invited by my friend Jill, (gorgeous GF of one of the co-owners of Urban Life) to attend a “girls night out” spin class I happily responded yes! I love a good workout and any excuse to get out of the house (sorry family), except I hadn’t attended a spin class in nearly 10 years (that makes me feel old) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  What to wear? What to bring? Would I survive?  

I decided that even if I didn’t survive, I should at least arrive prepared.  

What I wore/brought: What to wear to spin class #fitnfashionable Friday #Fitfluential #InspiringFitness #TrainWithHeart

1. Moisture wicking tank.  It’s not too tight or too loose and I was really comfortable in it, which is important.  

2. Compression capris.  Since I don’t own any bike shorts, these were the next best thing.  They are moisture wicking and tight fitting which is essential- you don’t want your pant material interfering with the mechanics of the bike!

3. Camelbak water bottle.  Since I assumed I would sweat like a pig, I knew hydration was essential.  I love this Camelbak water bottle because it is easy to use while peddling and it fits nicely into the cup holder area of the bike.

4. Mio LINK.  I LOVE my strapless heart rate monitor and wear it for all my workouts especially endurance activities.  Monitoring my heart rate helps me to see how hard I’m working and if I’m staying in my target zones. 

5. Cycling shoes. These cycling shoes were thankfully provided by Urban Life.  Since I clearly don’t cycle, I don’t own any but I was fitted upon arriving to ensure that I had the right size.  

Urban Life SpinOnce we got into the room, we were instructed by the trainer, Jamar, to pick out a bike and adjust the seat and handle bars so that they were at the proper height. Then we hopped onto our bikes, locked in our shoes and we were ready to go! This is Jamar, by the way…Jamar, Urban Life Crossfit

Source: Urban Life

Just wanted to mention quick that in the 45 minutes that he “tortured” us, I did not hear a single one of the approximately twenty females in the room complaining.  Ok, back to the workout.

The spin workout consisted of a warm up, 4 heats and a cool down.  The room was split up into three groups based on the light color above; blue, green and red.  I was in the blue group.  

The first heat we did a round robin race within our group to see how many rounds we could complete in a few minute time frame.  

The second round was similar except we had to reach a further distance before we passed on the next person.  

The third round, each team (blue, green and red), had to individually complete a set distance but we were only considered done when the last person in our team reached that distance.  

The fourth heat was a SIX minute uphill climb….it was hard and challenging but I loved it!Mio Link HR Monitor.  Zone DistributionAs you can see based on my HR zone distribution, I spent nearly half the class in the high intensity zone! It really was no joke and I worked harder than I anticipated but the friendly competition aspect of it really make it enjoyable and dare I say, fun! 

Overall I had a blast and if I didn’t live 40 minutes away I would be making a weekly visit there to take the class.  Despite the distance I will be returning for another spin session and would love to attend one of their Sweaty Saturday classes.  I highly recommend anyone who lives in the Syracuse area to checkout Urban Life Spin and the variety of classes that they offer.  

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Also, don’t forget to head over to Fitful Focus, grab the badge and link up with Nicole tomorrow if you have a fitness or fashion post to share! Thanks again to her for hosting :) 

QOTD: Have you tried any new or different group fitness classes lately? 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply November 13, 2014

Thanks to Class Pass, I have been trying so many new workout classes of late, and after going to Flywheel last week, I am going again this week! I loved it. You are right--there is definitely an element of torture, but so worth it ;0 especially with the instructor looks like that. And takes off his shirt.... Oh wait that is just my mind.
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    I wish that I liked in a more urban area so that I could do things like use a Class Pass. Unfortunately where I live driving 40 mins is the norm if I want to participate in anything remotely fun. Oh and I am pretty sure that someone attempted to encourage the instructor to take his shirt was kind of funny!

Jennifer F
Reply November 13, 2014

That class looks like fun and an awesome workout. The "newest" thing I've tried lately was a gymnastics workshop . . . I felt like a kid again
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    A gymnastics workshop sounds like a blast! I would love to try something like that!

Joanna @Makingmine
Reply November 13, 2014

How fun! Looks like you had a great workout too!
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    It was a ton of fun! Nice change of pace from my usually at home workouts :)

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply November 13, 2014

We need class pas sin Syracuse so we can all go from awesome place to awesome place. I've never been here but I love a good spin class! Looks like fun Annmarie.
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    Wouldn't that be fun? I would love to try out all the different gyms! We should totally go to a class together sometime, it would be fun :)

Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens)
Reply November 13, 2014

Well that looks like a fun class! I think dark rooms and fancy lighting makes cycling more exciting! :)
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    I totally agree! It definitely made the experience that much more fun plus no one had to witness my ugly exercise face :P

Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West
Reply November 13, 2014

Hi Annmarie, I've tried tons of fitness classes lately (good thing about living in San Francisco). I'm not a huge cyclist or spin gal, but I did enjoy the beats of Soul Cycle, and it was my first time using cycle shoes during that class, which really make a big difference. I'd drive 40 minute for a workout, but then again, I don't have a car! :)
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    I wish I lived someplace fun like San Fran! I have heard great things about Soul Cycle, I will have to take a class next time I'm in NYC!

Reply November 13, 2014

I was just thinking about this. I haven't tried a new class lately but I did get Piyo this summer to try. Out of my comfort zone and didn't think I would like it as I am not a fan of yoga but I love it! Already thinking about goals for next year and trying new things and classes will be on it!
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    That is awesome, I have heard great things about Piyo. I am not a yoga fan either but I think I could work it into my routine on low impact days. I'm hoping I get to try more classes around my area, it really was a fun experience!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply November 13, 2014

Always helps to have an attractive spin teacher-I think you might be investing in spin shorts :)
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Angie @ A Mother's Pace
Reply November 13, 2014

I've always wanted to take a spin class but I haven't done it yet! My husband and I actually want to try one together at our local Y. I have a spin bike in the basement though and it's my main form of cross training.

I think the last fitness class I took was water aerobics when I was pregnant with my son. That was over 5 years ago!
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    Reply November 13, 2014

    I seriously haven't taken a group fitness class in forever! Like you, I have everything I need to workout at home so I rarely extra time or money at other gyms. That being said, it was a nice change of pace and fun to interact with a bunch of other people who were experiencing it for the first time too :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 14, 2014

Whoa! What an intense class!!! I haven't done it yet, but I want to one day. Love the outfit too. I'm over from the fashion linkup :-)
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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply November 14, 2014

Looks like you had a great time! I would be super nervous about a spin class- I am not a bike fan so I would need some prodding for sure! TGIF!!! Have a great weekend!
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply November 14, 2014

Looks like so much fun! Thanks for linking up, girly! When I come visit, we need to have our own girls night - but I'm thinking less spin, more wine!
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Reply November 14, 2014

That tank is super cute! I love how it gathers a bit at the bottom to dress it up.
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Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply November 14, 2014

Wow, that class sounds awesome! I just tried out Orangetheory Fitness and am totally hooked!! I'll be doing a post on it soon!
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Reply November 14, 2014

That sounds like a great workout! I haven't tried any new fitness classes recently but I do need to make time for a spin class soon.
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    Reply November 18, 2014

    It was a lot of fun! I will definitely be going back :)

Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
Reply December 24, 2014

Jamar is cute. LOL! I digress. I would love to try that MIO - I am now more sold on strapless HRMs.
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    He sure is ;) I LOVE my Mio HRM- super accurate and way more comfortable than the chest strap!!! If you ever decide you wanna buy one, let me know! I have a discount I can share :)

      Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
      Reply December 27, 2014

      Please let me know about your discount. I currently have an Adidas miCoach Fit Smart which is strapless but I have been less pleased with this. The calorie burn count isn't accurate at all even after I fixed the weight. It originally had me at 300 lbs which was not right. Now that I adjusted the weight it still won't give me an accurate calorie burn count. I know my body so I know how much I burn based on the Polar FT4 HRM I wear day in and day out in boot camp and when I run. I do love the no chest strap option so now I am set on finding me an accurate HRM with no chest strap. :-) Thanks in advance for sharing your discount code.
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        Reply December 27, 2014

        Hmm that is strange- I would assume it would under estimate rather than over estimate! I will email you right now with my code :)

Kristin @ ExerciseBikesExpert
Reply April 27, 2015

I've learned to love spin sessions. There are many fitness reasons why they are beneficial, and especially to regular bikers. It increases your stamina and hill-climbing skills significantly. But this is the best reason to go to spin class (and almost all group classes at my gym) - they are full of good looking women working hard at the same thing you like! It's a powerful motivator.

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