Yesterday was a bit of a doozy! Why is it that in a crazy week, each day seems to ends up getting fuller and crazier??
Work was a little crazy because we threw our admin not only an administrative professionals day party – but also a bridal shower! So we had to be sneaky all day to get things set up and surprise her!
This was followed by my favorite bi-annual event (please not the sarcasm), a trip to the dentist. I unfortunately have really horrible luck with teeth, so I always managed to end up paying money for SOMETHING. This time it’s a new crown because I clench my jaw in my sleep.
Can’t you tell my enthusiasm for the dentist?
The dentist was followed by the spin class that wasn’t (prepare yourself for this epic rant), grocery shopping, and then a super-fast throw together dinner. Which thankfully was probably one of the highlights of my day!
But let’s get back to the spin class that wasn’t.
My First Bad Experience in Group Fitness
So I know that this is a little bit random for a Thursday (and it wasn’t originally what I planned to talk about today), but it was just so crazy I felt that I had to share it with you all!
Yesterday I had my first ever bad experience with a group fitness class.
It all started innocently enough. I am trying out a new studio in Fredericksburg (where I had a great experience on Tuesday, mind you), but it is one of those fancier studios where you have to register for the class online. So as I was deciding what to take on Tuesday evening, I saw a 6pm cycle class that looked good. I’ve always wanted to take a spin class in a studio setting, so why not? So I signed up.
I arrived about 5:45pm, which (I thought) would give me plenty of time to change into gym clothes and get settled on my bike. But when I opened the door, I noticed that there were a bunch of people already on their bikes (cool), that music was playing (weird) and that the instructor was already talking (very weird).
So weird that I closed the door, walked back over to the locker room area and checked my phone to make sure that I had the class time right. Yup, 6pm.
Back into the class I went, and just found a bike in the back. At this point, it was about 5:55ish, and since they seemed to be in the middle of a song, I just kind of hopped on a bike with very minimal time to get it set up properly. The instructor didn’t seem to take any notice of me – there was no introduction, no “are you new?” or “does anyone need any assistance with their bike?”
Instead, we went straight into a climbing track. I’m not sure how long these people had been riding, but I know that I need a little bit of a warm up before I just start climbing! But nope, we were off to the races. By the time the song ended it was 5:59pm.
Because I never got set up properly on my bike (my fault – I should have taken more time to do that even if they were in the middle of a song), I felt like the entire ride I was still trying to figure out exactly where I was on my bike. Then the instructor started throwing out directions with no explanation (like apparently “attack” means stand up and sprint – who knew?).
Then at 6:32 the instructor goes “good ride everyone, let’s cool down!” Ummm… isn’t this an hour class? I was even MORE confused. But I’m an instruction follower, so I went through the cool down motions.
But when I was cleaning off my bike, I asked the woman next to me what time the class normally started. Here is how the conversation went:
Me: Excuse me, what time does this class normally start?
Me: Oh, weird. Did we just start early today? I got here at 6pm and he’d already started.
Lady: Yea, I guess we did. I didn’t think he started that early though.
Me: And is it an hour class?
Me: Oh, strange. Because it’s only 6:40.
Lady: Oh yea. Huh.
Ummmm… who starts a class early AND ends a class early with no explanation? This isn’t even a gym where you have an unlimited membership. It’s a pay-by-the-class kind of place. So poor, unknowing me looked at the schedule online, saw 6pm, and PAID to go at 6pm. Only to arrive, find that the class had already started, and then ended early.
That’s not exactly what I paid for.
Unfortunately, there also happened to be no one for me to mention this fact to at the desk. So I just went home and fumed while doing some at-home workouts. Since clearly I didn’t get the workout I was planning on.
So there is my little rant for the day. I am just so frustrated! If the class had at least been good, it maybe would have been more excusable. Instead I just felt like I was a fish out of water the whole time – and I am pretty familiar with spinning. I can’t imagine that kind of experience for someone who has never been to a spin class before! I’d never go back if I were them!
Ok, I promise my rant is over now. I was just so frustrated with the experience and felt totally jipped! It’ll definitely make me think twice about considering taking additional classes at this studio!
Phew, so that was long and random. I apologize. I’ll be back with more normal content tomorrow, I promise!
So tell me: Have you ever been disappointed in a group fitness class before? Did you complain or just let it go?