I fell in love with working out a lot later than most of the people I know. I grew up overweight and had a strong aversion to any situation that forced me to be active against my will. That was the stuff my social nightmares were made of.
As I got older and decided to learn how to properly fuel and take care of my body though, I found myself on a path to finding ways to be active and healthy that I actually enjoyed. Since then, I’ve stuck to workouts that get me excited to be in the gym and meals I love to create. The trick really is just about finding what works for you.
I first tried spinning at my gym one day when I saw it on the class schedule and figured, “why not?” The bikes were a little tired and the bright, open studio made for an awkward experience – I prefer to workout pretending there is not a single other person there to judge me so I can just focus on me and what I’m doing. It also got monotonous quick and the instructor was a little lackluster in the motivation department – I wasn’t sold, wondered why people were so obsessed with spin and left it at that, never to revisit the workout. Then, I went to Spokehaus.
Having just opened last month, Spokehaus brings a Toronto spin class that’s completely unique and kick-ass. I’ve never experienced anything like it and was hooked the moment I left the class at the media event recently.
So, what’s the deal? According to their team:
“The ride experience is reinvented through a mixture of choreographed movements designed to work the entire body while epic beats bring down the house, bringing riders out of their comfort zones. The combination of incredibly curated music, movements and energy makes this a style of workout that people look forward to and enjoy – while burning a staggering number of calories.”
From the moment you get on the bike, your energy levels kind of go through the roof. The studio itself is completely dark, save for some low lighting so you can see the instructor throughout the class. This is otherwise known as my personal workout heaven (no one can see my face drenched in sweat) and creates this exceptional environment where you’re focused on only you and your workout, but still feeding off the energy of everyone working their asses off. That, combined with the pumping amazing beats and sheer variety of movements on the bike – they really do take you through a full-body workout – makes for a workout like no other.
Melissa led my ride and was the best class instructor I’ve ever had. Kept it real, was super motivational and worked just as hard as everyone else. Her playlist was also A+, a very important factor. The class literally flew by and at the end I was soaked from head to toe…gross, but a sign of a major workout.
I returned today for a Sunday morning class and intend to continue going over the coming weeks. If you’re looking for a Toronto spin class that’s a little different from your usual routine and that will whip you into shape, this is the one to try. Visit the website and book your first class…it’s free to try, so you really have no reason not to!