Restart

SOLSC Day 17

Virtual workouts aren’t my favorite if there’s a live in-person option. There are pluses, like having the entire spin studio to yourself. There are more virtual classes available. Some can be done at home. 24/7 access.

I don’t own a stationary bike so I went to a virtual spin class today. I opted for one called “The Trip,” which takes you on a surreal, computer graphic ride through hills and highways resembling roller coasters. Studio lights are dim, a screen comes down, the music comes on, and an instructor’s voice from who knows where guides the workout.

It’s a hard 50 minute class that I haven’t attended in several years. I’m the only one in the studio. Plus. I start the “ride.” After the warm up I realize it’s too much visual stimulation. I pump as hard as I my legs will pump. I listen to the cues. Add more resistance, the invisible voice instructs. Nah, I’m good, I pant back. I do my best to keep up with the beat, the cues, the hills, and bright lights that guide me along a virtual road up to the sky and down, roller coaster style. I can’t skid off the road on this ride. Plus.

I last 25 minutes. Minus. Sharonda, my favorite instructor, isn’t here to catch me cheating. Minus. So I cheat. Minus. My heart feels like it’s running away from me and I can’t catch it. Minus. I’m the only one still in the studio. Plus turned minus.

I need other people for good, healthy peer pressure. How did I ever survive 50 minute rides? I’ll be back, but I’ll try the version with a screen full of human instructors. Once more classes are added, I’m opting in for the in-person instructor led version. I’m so done with virtual everything.

6 thoughts on “Restart

  1. I have been doing virtual Zumba classes and I can see the other people who are working out which definitely helps! My gym doesn’t offer virtual classes but I really miss my Pilates class I use to take and the spin classes there were very intense. I’m glad you are trying to get back to working out – I also can’t wait until my gym opens up again!

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    1. They are gradually re-opening. There are only two in-person classes for my weight training class, but I’m so happy to attend those and visit with the regulars. Unfortunately, there are still many people who haven’t returned. I’m hoping they’re all okay.

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  2. I am the exact opposite, prefer solo workouts. The session you describe is surreal, in the truest sense of the word. I can understand how you would prefer the real thing!

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