Legally Blonde Takes Over REV

This post may not be super beneficial for those of you who don’t live in the greater Burlington, Vermont area, but I need to write about my experience at REV anyway.  Feel free to skip this one, especially if you’ve done spinning before.

I had never done a spin class, ever, and I generally don’t like the stationary bike.  I find it SUPER boring, and I’d pretty much rather be doing anything else.  But I figured, with the combination of good music, variations in movement, and somebody telling me what to do when, it would probably work out well.

On Saturday, a good chunk of the Legally Blonde cast was treated to a free class at REV Indoor, because Sarah, the owner, plays our Brooke Wyndham.  The building is very cool–high ceilings, exposed brick, and nice wood floors.  There’s only a single spin studio, but it’s large, with lots of windows and natural light.  We were each properly fitted to our bikes by an instructor, and I was very happy that special clip-in shoes are not necessary; the pedals have cages, so you can wear your own sneakers.

I have nothing to compare this class to, but HOLY CRAP.  I can honestly say that I’ve never worked so hard in a group fitness class in my entire life.  The class was co-taught by Sarah and two other instructors, each of whom are also in the Legally Blonde cast.  They each had very different styles, but I liked them all equally, and found myself really wanting to work hard and do well, so I guess they were pretty motivational.  It was also ridiculously fun because everyone knew everyone, so we could shout encouragement or curses and not feel weird.

The thing I liked most about the class is that you can really work as hard as you want, or take it easy when you need to.  They’ll give you suggestions for increasing or decreasing your resistance at various points, but ultimately, the level of resistance is totally up to you, which is especially great for a noob like me.  There were actually a few minutes towards the end where I was working so hard I started to feel nauseated, so I backed way off on the resistance, and was able to keep going and finish the class sans pukeage.

So yeah, long story short, I loved it.  This was hands down the best workout I’ve had in a long time.  Unfortunately, the pricing isn’t so great for me.  A drop-in class is $16, or you can get various class punch cards that offer a small discount.  I’m torn, because I’d like to catch at least one class a week, but I’m not sure it’s in my budget right now.  My gym does offer spin classes, but I like the idea of taking classes with instructors I know at REV.  We’ll see how things shake out.  I guess I should try a class at the gym before making a decision.  I’m sure the fact that the class was full of my friends probably made it better, and if I went to a regular class at REV, it might not be the same experience.

REV

Don’t let the smiles fool you; we’re exhausted.

Have you ever tried a spin/cycling class? Love it or hate it?

Have you ever worked out so hard you threw up?

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19 thoughts on “Legally Blonde Takes Over REV

  1. charissarunning says:

    Definitely try a spin class at your gym since you already pay for it! You might really like that one too. Spinning is one of the best workouts you can get. I remember loving and hating it at the same time. But I didn’t end up doing it much because I became more interested in other things.
    And nope, never threw up from a workout. I love to work hard, but not push myself beyond my limits.

  2. runsaltrun says:

    This sounds great! I LOVE spin and take it when I can at my gym, but my ClassPass includes my friendly neighborhood REV studio! I’m definitely going to be taking classes there this month!

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    Truth be told, I have a spin bike out back in the shed. I can’t stand it…which is why it’s in the shed. I wonder if a class would really make that much of a difference but once again I have limited options. Sounds like you had a great time!

    • DarlinRae says:

      I definitely believe the class setting made all the difference. It can be really hard to self-motivate, but the class does lots of different speeds, standing vs. sitting, and great music.

  4. Stacey @ Cape Cod Runner says:

    I’m trying spinning any minute now (basically, once I get plowed out)! A friend of mine teaches it at the gym I belong to, and I just need to increase my membership to start going to any classes. I’ve been thinking of spin for so long – it’s about time!

  5. dgobs says:

    Spin classes always sound crazy intense to me, but a class full of people I know would be so awesome 🙂 Otherwise I think I’d be too chicken to try it myself… all I can think of are the spin classes I’ve seen in movies where the instructors scream at people and yup no thanks!

    • DarlinRae says:

      You should try calling a few local studios–lots of them have great deals for first timers. Then you can check out the feel of the place before you commit. Also, Groupon/Localvore/Jump On It deals can be a good way to try things. I got a Groupon for hot yoga once and actually really loved it in spite of my misgivings.

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