On being humbled…

psycleWhen psycle opened almost two years ago, I joined some friends and went for what I thought would be your typical spin class.  It was anything but typical.

foursquare tells me I’ve been to psycle 154x.  I guess I like my therapy.  I call it therapy because the instructors always say: we work from the inside out.  They also say: if you come to class to get a fine ass, you’re the ass.  Both of these mantras resonate with me because those 55 minutes on the bike are MY 55 minutes.  I turn my brain off and let my mind rest while my body moves to the beat of the music.  I drank the psycle kool-aid and it tastes oh so good.

After 6 months I even bought spinning shoes.  I always thought those were only for the bad ass riders.  Those shoes make such a difference! I recommend purchasing shoes for anyone who regularly spins.

When I acquired the shoes I had the confidence to ride in the front row where some of those bad ass riders were.  Over the following year and a half, I religiously rode and unknowingly improved my form and focus.

A few weeks ago, one of the veteran riders came up to me and told me he’s noticed how hard I work in class.  It was a nice comment from someone who has been riding for decades.  On Sunday, the same man came up to me and told me I’m one of the best riders in the studio.  I’m not posting this to brag. I actually know this to not be true.  But still, I’m posting this because I was truly humbled by his remark and it made me do a little bit of reflecting.

I’ve come a long way inside the walls of that studio.  No matter what’s going on outside and in the real world, I know I can always depend on my psycle family to be there.

For those of you who are afraid to try something new, whether it’s a yoga studio or a cooking class, just go for it.  I was nervous to go to my first class but I’m glad I didn’t let my nerves deter me from what’s become my favorite way to unwind.

DETOX. RETOX.

10 comments to On being humbled…

  • Erin

    I remember my first time at psycle I sat right behind you! I kept thinking this girl is awesome and I want to ride just like her! I have recently made the jump into the front row and spinning shoes wil be coming! Thanks for being a kick ass rider for newbies to look up to!

  • Great post! It’s amazing how much you improve with time and practice.

    I’ve been to psycle for both cycling and the interval training (which I loved.) I haven’t quite found my reprieve though. Your advice to keep trying is so true because you never know!

  • Great post! It’s amazing how much you improve with time and practice.

    I’ve been to psycle for both cycling and the interval training (which I loved.) I haven’t quite found my reprieve though. Your advice to keep trying is so true because you never know!

  • I love this! It’s amazing how you transform by trying something new. That’s how it was with Bikram. I started on a whim and didn’t look back. I am stealing this mantra: if you come to class to get a fine ass, you’re the ass. It’s a good one for sure!

  • I went to Psycle for the first time yesterday! I used to spin at fitworks all the time and it was a great class, I was completely hooked. I own my own spin bike at home (it sits in my living room) so it’s hard for me to justify going to a class when I have it basically for free. I do use my bike often so it gets a lot of use. However, after going to psycle yesterday, I am in LOVE! It was completely different from any spin class I have ever been to.

  • Remember your first class with Jenn at R+W?? You were like “holy crap, we we barely sat down!!”. LOL. Love that place.

  • This is so great! I feel the same way about yoga. I go because it’s my time. And I know how much I’ve improved and gotten braver as I practice, but the bigger difference is inside, not out.

  • Love reading about someone finding that one activity that gives back more than a physical workout. Been trying a few things, still haven’t found mine yet. Might give this a try.

  • Rock on! I love that you love spinning. Its so rewarding to find something that does you good inside and out. I used to spin a ton when I lived in other cities, but am just hoping one pops up in my neighborhood soon! I’d love to try psycle after work- just not before… I don’t think I can get myself out of bed that early 😉

  • I was there once and loved it. I was a little intimidated but similar to yoga, the more you do it, the better you get! My focus is on barre, running and yoga through March. I wish I could do it all but those classes add up!

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