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Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 09:47
by MumtoMonsters
Has anybody done either class?

The local gym offers classes I could attend in (in order of preference) Body Balance, Hatha Yoga, LBT and Pilates. I've taken the last two before and they're alright but nothing special.

The gym in the next town offers classes I could attend in Spinning and Body Balance.

The local gym is slightly more expensive, but obviously won't cost me as much in petrol. The other gym offers more choice in times/days.

Would the spinning classes help build my confidence to get back on my real bike?

Which would you prefer do you think?

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 09:55
by junglewonderland
I've done both. I would much rather go for a ride on my bike than do a spin class. But I would recommend giving it a go, some people really like it. I LOVE body balance and do it weekly. So I would vote for the other gym. Especially as someone who has a gym 500m away but drives 15 mins for a much nicer one with more classes and better instructors.

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 10:07
by MumtoMonsters
I like the idea of going out on my real bike, but find it pretty terrifying. The one flat stretch of road that I've been practising on still has enough of a gradient that I get scared going too fast (honestly, I didn't even know it had a gradient until I got on the bike), then there are the real hills (which I can't ride up and am too scared to ride down), and then there are the cars (I have the choice between town traffic and country lanes with boy racers and blind bends). I was fearless until I grew up. I'd just like to build up my ability so I can take the kids out - they ride too fast for me to keep up by running next to them now!

The local gym is community run, but I think the other one is private, so it might be better all round. Thanks!

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 11:04
by gingerbreadhouse
I can't help with gym stuff, but for bike confidence, it might be worth finding out if there are any classes for adults, possibly run by the local authority, or search for Bikeability in your area. It's kind of like cycling proficiency for adults, they often do different levels.

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 11:08
by emzit
I'd go the other one, mostly for the greater choice as kids make it hard to always commit when there aren't many options. I've done both body balance and spin and love them. BB is a good calm activity but I like hard core cardio/strength as well and the good thing about spin is that you can go hard or take it easier.

I also prefer a ride outside but I won't ride on roads (we have mtb tracks nearby), but I think spin is different to that and would happily do both.

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 14:08
by Seriously_Nutty
Haven't tried spin, it doesn't appeal but I absolutely LOVE body balance. It's an awesome workout but the Pilates/yoga purists loathe it..... :oops:

<also have a gym 5 mins away but drive 20mins and pay more for a lovely pool and better classes>

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 10 Jun 2014, 20:33
by emzit
Ooh yes, also adding that my gym is literally a minutes drive away (I should walk but we live at the top of a very very steep hill and I'm usually too wrecked to walk home) but once snuffler is a bit older I'm quitting there and joining one 15 mins away. Lots of reasons including more classes and avoidance of particular people that I don't want to see!

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 13 Jun 2014, 17:14
by MumtoMonsters
Spinning hurts.

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 13 Jun 2014, 18:13
by emzit
:) that's why I love it! Did you have fun?

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 13 Jun 2014, 18:35
by MumtoMonsters
I liked it. My knee wasn't keen at the time and my thighs have not recovered since Wednesday night. The next class is 9am tomorrow. I'm going to go, even if I'm able to do no more that sit there!

Re: Spinning or Body Balance?

PostPosted: 14 Jun 2014, 01:01
by GHJingle
in my experience you have to keep going to spin classes, and after the first 3-4 times you suddenly realise that you don't feel unable to walk or like you're going to keel over at the end! It's really really good for burning calories and getting fit quickly! You can always stretch out those aching muscles at Body Balance!