10 Reasons Why to Attend Our Spinn-a-Thon

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Our Spinn-a-Thon

10. Crazy Calorie Burn
I wasn’t too fond of spinning when I started because it was hard on my lazy legs. However, as I began to get accustomed to the work out and saw the pounds begin to melt away faster than they had when I worked out on any other cardio equipment I was hooked.
A good thirty minute workout on a Spinning Cycle can burn as much as 500 calories. Even at challenging levels other cardio equipment couldn’t burn that many calories in such a short time. For our Spinn-a-Thon each session will last between 45-1hour. Longer workouts burn from 800 to 1,000 calories.
9. Meet New Friends
Regardless of your fitness level riding Spinning bikes keeps everyone together. This goes beyond sitting in the same spinning class, but each individual works equally as hard at their own level. It is amazing how you can feed off of the energy of other riders when you begin to fatigue and start thinking you might want to quit.

Riding together also gives you the opportunity to encourage others. You can inspire those who have not yet reached your level of fitness, while those stronger than you inspire you. Working together, everyone who spins can reach their goals.
8. Mental Training
Spinning also builds mental strength. When you spin, there are good days and bad. The important thing is that you carry through with your regular Spinning routine. Push through difficult times. Push up hill climbs and push through endurance training.
Self discipline of the mind gained in spinning can be applied to all areas of life. I have found it most beneficial in areas of self-control and confidence. Spinning helps develop a positive, “can do” attitude.
7. Prizes
There will be great prizes given out during each hour!
6. Hour of Zumba!!
We decided that why limit it to just indoor cycling and what’s more fun than dancing! So we added an hour of Zumba with Melinda at 6pm!! It is $5 in advance to sign up or $10 at the door!
5. The atmosphere in class
It’s a group exercise class so you know it will be full of energetic individuals. You’ll find the others around you will push you along and you won’t even realise it! With the combination of pumped up people and a catchy playlist in the background, you will burn off more calories than you even knew you had! If you need that extra bit of motivation, invite a friend along so you can encourage each other and joke along the way.
4. Low Impact Workout
Spinning is a great exercise because it is very low impact. Unlike running on a treadmill or participating in sports like basketball, football or soccer, spinning places no great impact on the joints in your body. By riding on a bicycle, you’ll get all the resistance that is necessary in order to work out your muscles and your cardiovascular system, but you won’t face the potential dangers of participating in one of these other high impact activities.
3. You don’t need any skills and you can be at any level
Unlike some other group exercise classes, where a certain base fitness or experience level is necessary in order to actively participate, in spinning classes people of all fitness levels and athletic abilities are welcome. Because you will be working at your own individual level and not at the same exact pace of the other people in your class, you’ll find that you can push yourself to your own limits without having to conform to other people’s goals.
You will not need to have any predeveloped skills or coordination in order to successfully participate in a spinning class. Similarly, you don’t need to be exceptionally coordinated or balanced in order to get the most out of your exercise program in spinning.
2. What else are you going to do on a Friday night and Saturday morning?
Our Spinn-a-Thon event is this Friday and Saturday September 21 & 22!

Friday Times

  • 5pm with Sue
  • 6pm with Lou
  • 7pm with Jill
  • 8pm with Jill
  • 9pm with Sue

Saturday Times

  • 7am with Sue
  • 8am with Jess
  • 9am with Sue
  • 10am with Pete
  • 11am with Jill
All of our instructors and great and will give you a hard workout!
1. Team Survivor is a great organization to donate to!
The local affiliate, Team Survivor Laurel Highlands, was started by the Mighty Tri Girls in 2008. Laurel Highlands offers fitness opportunities, at no cost, to women with a past or present diagnosis of cancer. They welcome women of all ages and fitness levels.

What Team Survivors Have To Say:

“Team Survivor has given me the ability to come together with other cancer survivors in fellowship & sweat.. I love the feeling of networking together as a team… encouraging each other at different levels . It is a great feeling to have accountablity in a positive way, so that I can reach my goals.. and I believe I can with Team Survivor!!!
Ovie Marshall, Team Survivor Member

“Participating in the Team Survivor triathlon program gave me an incredible sense of accomplishment, and I found myself surrounded by the most positive group of people I’ve ever met.”
Sandy Andre, Team Survivor Member

“Finding the Mighty Tri-Girls and being able to participate in my first triathlon is something I will cherish forever! Participating in the Team Survivor/Mighty Tri-Girl program gives you a guiding hand, helping you face things inside you that you didn’t realize were there. It gives you strength to smile and just do it! Love ya Sue! Thank you for giving us Cancer babes a home to be strong!”
Olga George, Team Survivor Member 

Team Survivor Info from Training with Sue

6 Ways to Become an Effective Exerciser

I sit at WAC all day and I wonder how some of these people are here day after day doing their workouts. Apparently I just don’t have the ‘i need to workout all the time’ gene, I wish I did, really I do. I admire the people who come in here all the time and do what they do! So I decided that I’m going to attempt to be like that and to help me I found an article in Fitness Magazine on ways to be an effective exerciser! Just what I needed! So here are 6 of those ways and hopefully I can follow them and be like the hardcore exercisers!! :)

1. Don’t Put Away Your Gear:

This ones a big one for me, I tend to toss it in a corner or in the laundry and not look at it for days on end. So if you keep your workout gear, like your shoes, yoga mat and barbells, in plain site when you get up in the morning or in random places around you house you are more likely to workout! This is because seeing these things are visual cues for your brain and gives you a wake-up call. I’ve decided I’m moving my things right by the door so I have to look at it every time I leave the house!

2. Turn Your Commute Into a Workout:

If you live close to your work and you are able to walk or jog to your job then you will increase your effectiveness as an exerciser. If you aren’t able to do that you can park your car further away in the parking lot that you normally would. That’s the same with whenever you go to the store or the mall; don’t park in the first few spots. Make yourself walk and get a little extra exercise! Working at a fitness club I have the perfect opportunity to workout but I don’t always do it but another coworker and I think that watching people work out we will get fit through osmosis. We are going to try that and see how it works :)

3. Invest in More Workout Clothes:

This is my favorite one, who doesn’t like to shop! If you have a good amount of workout clothes you are more likely to go to a fitness club because you have something to wear! I always have the issue of my workout clothes being in the wash or are dirty, if I just spent a little bit of money on some nice workout clothes I would go!

4. Log Your Workouts Online:

I just started logging my workouts and what I am eating online, it is a lot easier that doing it a notebook (which I have tried.) There are a ton of websites and apps that your can use to log your workouts in. Using these can help you set and keep up with your goals. Here are a few different websites that have these features!

DailyMile.com – This one is more for the athelete, you are able to track all of your distance for running, walking, swimming, anything really.

DailyBurn.com– This site has a lot on it, different programs you can do, exercise plans, nutrition plans. It also has an iphone app! (This is the one I use and its really nice! I haven’t tried the app yet but I will be soon!)

5. Make Friends with Class Regulars:

I discussed in Group Fitness that to succeed you should make friends so you will be more likely to attend the class more often to see those friends. Well that is number 5 here! If your making friends at Galaxy you are more likely to keep coming back if you are having fun and talking with people. I enjoy making new friends it makes me happy and if you ever see me in a class (especially yoga, sorry) I tend to chat, so come chat with me!

6. Create an Exercise Contest:

Create a contest with your friends! This could be anything, the most steps walked, highest percentage of body weight loss or most meters swam. This will bring competition to your workout and make you want to try harder! This one I have yet to start or try, maybe I’ll try to come up with some type of competition for in the future if I get a lot of positive response to the idea! So let me know!! :)

So those are some great ways to start becoming an effective exerciser!! Do any of you do these things? Let me know, comment or Facebook me! Or Facebook the WAC Page!