Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My First Spinning Mix and Workout

Good morning everyone!

I just got back from an amazing spinning workout, and I didn’t even attend a class! That’s right, after months of wishing that spin classes were offered more frequently, I finally decided to be proactive and create my own spinning mix. There are usually no early morning classes at my gym (with the exception of spinning on Wednesdays) so I get free reign of the spin bikes.

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At first I thought it’d be weird using a bike all by myself with no other students around and no instructor yelling directions at me, but once I got moving I didn’t even notice! I seriously had so much fun during this workout and the time flew by. I’m pretty sure I want to teach spin someday!

One of the best parts of making your own spin workout? You get to pick all the music! Here’s my playlist:

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I don’t know what the proper term is – exercise? Spin move? – but the far right hand column is what I did on the bike during the respective song. For the sprints, I sprinted during the main course of the song and recovered during the verses, and during the hill climbs I increased the resistance every minute or so. During the last working song where I wrote “lower body isolation” I did something that my spin teacher always incorporates into her workouts. Basically, you alternate normal peddling and peddling with no upper body movement. When you stop moving your upper body, your legs do ALL the work and you can instantly feel the burn in your quads. She usually does 15 seconds of work followed by 15 seconds of recovery, and this is what I did in my workout as well.

Hope I’m not too sore for class tomorrow Winking smile.


Eats

Time to talk food!

I had a little bit of leftover chicken on Sunday after I made my chicken salad, so I mixed it with some BBQ sauce and turned it into a BBQ chicken sandwich.

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It was awesome, and I’ll be honest: I liked it even more than my chicken salad! Of course, given my obsession with BBQ pulled pork, that’s not really surprising.

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It also reminded me that it’s been way too long since I’ve made pulled pork and I need to fix that ASAP.

Last night, I enjoyed some of the chicken salad with sweet potato fries on the side.

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I wish I could say that I prepared those perfectly julienned sweet potato fries myself, but that would be a lie.

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This was my first time trying Alexia sweet potato fries and I am officially in love. However, if you buy these, don’t make the same mistake I did and bake enough for two nights with the intention of spreading them over out over two meals. I did that last night thinking that I’d have some for tonight’s dinner as well, but before I knew it I had eaten both servings. Oops…

It may be an odd combination, but the fries actually went well with the chicken salad.

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When it comes to breakfast, I’ve been on a major smoothie kick lately.

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They’re quick, portable, and an easy way for me to jump start my day with some nutrients. The smoothie above contained frozen strawberries and raspberries (about 3/4 cup of each), strawberry Chobani Greek yogurt, 1/2 scoop of strawberry protein powder, a big handful of fresh spinach (promise you can’t taste it!) and a splash of water to thin it out. Yum!


Well, you know what time it is..rotation time! Happy Tuesday!

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