Needless to say, I was out of shape, but even more accurately, I was really uncomfortable.
Everyone in the class was pumped up, “on fire,” and ready to ride. I wasn’t really enthusiastic about the class, or anything in particular, that day.
The music wasn’t my vibe.
I wasn’t really present.
When the class was over, I was just grateful.
Spin just wasn’t my thing, or so I thought.
Fast forward now to 2016, and it seems I’ve had a change of heart.
In March, I signed up for Class Pass, a program that allows you to work out at just about any fitness studio or boutique in your state, for a monthly fee.
Prior to signing up, I’d heard great things about a Cycling Studio in Downtown LA, but I had already been there and spun that, and was not eager to do it again. Everyone kept talking about how nice the studio was, how great the instructors were. My associates seemed to love everything about Bespoke Cycling Studio and so with nothing but my life to lose, I decided to give it a try.
From the moment I walked in, I felt completely different than I did when I was at Soul Cycle. There was an aura that just screamed creativity and a vibe that was swanky, but personal.
I took my first spin class with an instructor named Amanda Williams, who I am now convinced is my spirit animal.
As class begins, she affirms that you have what it takes to accomplish whatever it is you set out to do.
That you’re not “here” to compete with anyone else, but to build yourself.
That when it gets hard-and it will get hard- to push through.
For a moment, I thought she was only referring to the 45 minute cardio class, but as I began to ride, it became clear that she was tapping into much more.
For years, I’ve dreamt of starting my own business, being my own boss, and creating art that would be shared and enjoyed by the world. It’s almost as if I took these affirmations from my instructor as a challenge and applied them to my own life. While I receive similar messages of encouragement from my pastor, there’s just something about physically pushing yourself to new levels that can make you feel like you are capable of doing the very same thing off the bike. Being in a room full of people who are also pushing kind of helps too; it reminds you that you are not by yourself on this journey to self-discovery and elevation.
As we get deep into our work out, we’re told to “tap it up” aka add some resistance to our bike and prepare for death. Interestingly enough, though, though in the beginning I thought it was a wrap, I never die.
Life lessons much?
I’ve see a great difference in myself and my athleticism since I started the class.
For weeks, now, I’ve been attending Amanda’s class, and after every ride, I make more and more progress in my strength and in my overall goals.
Within 2 weeks of spinning, I registered my business license, decided on my first product, sourced all my material, and set a launch date (stay tuned J).
Funny enough, now, I’m pumped up, “on fire”, and ready to go, similar to the people in the first class I hated. I think the biggest difference between then and now is my willingness to challenge myself, and not give up.
That, and Amanda’s playlists are BOMB DOT COM, but that’s just my personal preference.
Overall, there’s a larger lesson to be learned:
1. Whatever it is we’re trying to do, we can’t be discouraged, even if we don’t get it right the first time.
2. We should try again, ride again, and just keep pushing, even when it seems hard.
3. We’re not in competition with anyone else but our former selves.
4. Whatever we want, if we work hard enough, it’s achievable.
Just like Amanda challenged me, I challenge you to find something that physically pushes you to go after your dreams and goals, be it spin, or another class you may have been avoiding lol.
Whatever it is, you got it.