Top 10 signs you’re addicted to spinning

Totally true image courtesy of RateYourBurn.com

You know you’re a spin addict when…

  1. You spend more time browsing workout gear than regular clothes
  2. You are very attached to your special spin class water bottle (you know, the one that holds the perfect amount of water for a class, fits in the cup holder, and has a fliptop or nozzle)
  3. Your car smells perpetually like sweat
  4. Your musical taste has likely gone down a couple notches
  5. You mentally categorize a new song you hear as a sprint, climb, or jog. And when you hear a new song, your first thought is often “Can I spin to this?”
  6. You schedule important appointments around your favorite spin class
  7. You have taken one class earlier than 7:00 am
  8. You get more excited than needed when you hear a requested song played in class
  9. You feel elated when an instructor compliments you in class
  10. When a favorite instructor stops teaching your class time, your response is close to mourning

Any of these describe you? If you exhibit more than 5 of these signs, you’re surely one of us. Welcome! We are a very nice bunch.

Cardio Barre Beverly Hills class review

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Cardio Barre Beverly Hills
Class: Advanced
Instructor: Hannah

This will not be the first time I’m saying this, but the instructor makes the class. Take a studio you don’t normally prefer, add the right instructor and your class suddenly becomes one that’s not just worth taking, but worth taking over a class at your favorite studio (really!).

I tend to try as many different instructors as I can and when I come across someone good, I keep an eye out for their classes. Yesterday was my first class with Hannah, and I found her to be informative and encouraging. Her running explanation included a lot of specificity (great!). She was also good about correcting people’s form, not something that’s typical for CB instructors.

What’s great about Cardio Barre in general:

The incorporation of cardio. Yes, duh, but not easy to find in barre classes. I’m willing to bet there isn’t another barre class where one gets nearly as drenched.

The incorporation of actual ballet moves, including but not limited to:

  • tendus (who knew tendus can be a workout? It’s a simple movement, yes, but it’s difficult to do with a stick straight leg and pointed toe. Also, the move should be sharp)
  • rond de jambs (good quad and hip workout)
  • battements (great cardio, esp. when you’re on the 3rd set)
  • plies and various others mostly focused on the lower body

I do have dislikes, too, but my biggest grievance is the music, which is abysmally bad. To give you an idea of how bad, “Baby got back” was played not once, but twice. Why??? The second time it played was towards the end of class, and one girl apparently agreed with me, so much so that she couldn’t keep her sentiments to herself, sighing loudly, “I HATE that song” during cool down. I’m sure the instructor was thinking, I don’t choose the music! (true). I don’t particularly love that songs are sped up either to get the higher tempo for the cardio portion. Can we not find some up-tempo tracks that can do the trick?

Music aside, I’m constantly on the hunt for that most efficient workout, and a challenge with loving barre is incorporating enough cardio into my routine. They are, by and large, sculpting classes. They can burn up to 500 calories per class, but they don’t sufficiently get your heart rate up. So one has to supplement their barre classes with cardio, and I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to squeeze in two classes in one day (both time-wise and stamina-wise). So for the reason that it effectively combines cardio and sculpting, Cardio Barre will continue to be part of my barre class rotation.

Stay tuned for my review of Bar Method and other studios!